Community engagement and giving back to Cook County is part and parcel to how we operate. Our co-op is made up of members of our local community – owners, shoppers, and employees. We serve both inside the walls of our co-op and outside in the community.
Monthly giving; nearly $25K donated annually.
What makes a co-op grocery store different? Simple: community contributions. The Co-op is dedicated to supporting organizations in Cook County. Our primary focus areas are food access and equity, kids health, community wellbeing, and sustainable agriculture and food systems.
– Located or operating physically in Cook County
– Address our primary focus areas
– 501(c)(3) status or associated with supporting public education
– Non-sectarian (non-religious / non-partisan)
Contact us to learn more about any of these programs. Funds should be used for a specific project, not for general operating costs.
Monthly giving; annual designations voted on the month before the new year. Nearly $60K donated by owners since the program refresh in 2022.
A few pennies (or more) adds up and our shoppers make this all happen! Each month the Co-op selects a Cook County non-profit organization to support via our customer Round-up Program. Donating to the Food Shelf is always an option given that it ties directly to our goal of supporting food access and equity.
Please let us know if you’d like to apply for your group or if you have any questions. You can learn more about past recipients in our news section.
Round-up recipients must meet all our donation parameters, as well as be dedicated to an acute community need or marginalized community. Our leadership team votes on recipients every couple of months.
Local Producers Scholarship
Since 1990 – annually in the spring
We support local food production in Cook County, MN through scholarships for growers to establish or improve farmland, buy necessary equipment and supplies, and pay for education related to organic farming. The application process typically happens in May-June annually.
Since 1990 – twice per year
The Cook County Co-op registered with the Adopt-a-Highway program at its inception in 1990, and we’ve been cleaning our strip of Highway 61 twice a year ever since. Highway Cleanups happen twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring.