Positive Change – Youth Farm

January’s Positive Change recipient is Youth Farm, an organization that provides year-round urban farming programs for youth ages 9 to 24. Since 1995, they’ve cultivated youth leadership by planting, growing, preparing, and selling food throughout the Twin Cities. Youth Farm currently engages well over 200 youth in St. Paul to increase their food skills and knowledge while providing greater access to healthy food through cooking classes, school activities, and community events.

Donations raised at the register throughout January will support school year programming in the Frogtown and West Side neighborhoods of St. Paul. Youth Farm school year programming focuses mainly on nutrition education and healthy eating classes, youth leadership activities, and food growing to promote healthy bodies and minds. Children who participate develop and nurture healthy relationships with the food they eat while contributing to their communities and creating neighborhood connections.

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Positive Change – Keystone Community Services

December’s Positive Change recipient is Keystone Community Services, a St. Paul organization that provides the public with a variety of food access programming and human services. Through these offerings, they strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life.

Founded in 1939, Keystone began as a small neighborhood community center. Today, they reach over 30,000 individuals throughout Ramsey County. The Keystone name comes from the central wedge-shaped stone of an arch (a keystone) that locks each part of the arch together and supports the whole, a fitting description for the organization since they support and strengthen our community.

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Positive Change – Midwest Food Connection

November’s Positive Change recipient is Midwest Food Connection (MFC), a local nonprofit that empowers young school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. MFC was founded in 1993 by Mississippi Market and Wedge Community Co-op as a community outreach initiative to educate children about natural foods. Since then, the initiative has grown and flourished as a non-profit.

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Positive Change – Dream of Wild Health

October’s Positive Change recipient is Dream of Wild Health, an organization that restores health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways. Operational since 1998, they have a strong reputation in the community as a safe environment where youth, young adults, and their families receive community support and increased connectivity to bolster their leadership, dreams, and ambitions.

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Positive Change – CLUES

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) es una organización sin fines de lucro diseñada por Latinos, para Latinos. Nuestros programas y servicios conectan familias a recursos, clases, instituciones y sistemas y crean un ambiente para que nuestros clientes aprendan, se involucren y sean fortalecidos,  incluyendo inmigrantes recién llegados y familias de bajos ingresos quienes sueñan con un futuro mejor.

September’s Positive Change recipient is CLUES – Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (Latino Communities United in Service), a social services organization dedicated to advancing the capacity of Latino families to be healthy, prosperous, and engaged in their communities. Headquartered on the East Side of St. Paul just down the block from our East 7th store, CLUES provides an array of programs and services to engage and empower residents. These offerings advance health, education, and economic equity for Latinos in the Twin Cities metro and throughout the state. During 2016, CLUES served nearly 12,000 individuals through direct services and another 10,300 through outreach activities and community events.

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Positive Change – Land Stewardship Project

August’s Positive Change recipient is Land Stewardship Project, an organization dedicated to transforming our food and farming system from the ground up, using core values of land stewardship, social justice, and democracy as tools for change. LSP’s sustainable agriculture work has a broad and deep impact, from new farmer training and local organizing to federal policy and community-based food systems development.

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Positive Change – Friends of the Mississippi River

July’s Positive Change recipient is Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), a grassroots organization that actively engages local citizens to protect, restore, and enhance the river and its watershed throughout the metro. Founded in 1993, FMR formed to serve as the citizen, community, and environmental voice for the river in the Twin Cities region. Over the years, FMR has built a strong reputation for taking an inclusive, place-based, strategic approach to enhancing the ecological health of the Mississippi River and its watershed as well as protecting the many assets that the river brings to our region.

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Positive Change – Urban Roots

June’s Positive Change recipient is Urban Roots, a local organization whose mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community. By using food and environmental stewardship as tools for social change, Urban Roots empowers youth through hands-on entrepreneurship, career exploration, and community engagement opportunities. Each year they engage thousands of local youth and families in education, training, and work projects though their Market Garden, Cook Fresh Crew, and Conservation internship programs. These paid internships develop young leaders while improving the health of people and the environment.

June Positive Change proceeds will support Urban Roots’ three internship programs for youth ages 14-18 from St. Paul’s East Side. 

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Positive Change – Minnesota Food Association

May’s Positive Change recipient is Minnesota Food Association (MFA), a well-established food advocacy leader that provides organic farming resources, technical assistance, and land access to local immigrant and minority farmers in the Twin Cities and Marine on St. Croix regions. Founded in 1983, MFA has been spearheading these efforts locally for over 30 years. Their mission is to “build a sustainable food system based on social, economic, and environmental justice through education, training, and partnerships.” In addition to educational resources, MFA operates a 150-acre certified organic farm – Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix – where they offer a comprehensive, multiyear land-based training program for beginning farmers.

Positive Change proceeds raised in May will go toward supporting their beginning-farmer marketing series that provides participants with knowledge on promoting their farm business and communicating with potential buyers. The marketing series concludes by connecting farmers with local markets through tours and farmer-buyer meet and greets. Join us this May to help support this admirable local food justice initiative and celebrate our culturally rich community.

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Positive Change – Women’s Advocates

April’s Positive Change recipient is Women’s Advocates, the nation’s first shelter for women and children escaping domestic abuse. Women’s Advocates serves as a safe space for survivors of all backgrounds and cultures to escape violence and begin the healing process. They offer shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, personal needs items, counseling, and other basic services. On average, they provide shelter and services to 50 women and children daily in St. Paul.

Positive Change proceeds raised in April will go toward supporting their healthy meals program to provide domestic violence victims and survivors with three nutritious meals each day.

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