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Create Positive Change

Each time you shop at the co-op, you have a chance to directly support local nonprofits by donating your 10-cent reusable bag credits and rounding up your purchases to the nearest dollar. It may only be a few cents or spare change, but your generosity makes a huge impact — to the tune of over $10,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients!

Loaves & Fishes

June’s Positive Change recipient is Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit organization serving free, healthy meals to Minnesotans where the need is greatest.

Loaves & Fishes is guided by a vision of equity where all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, religious, or ethnic background, meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. Their meal program began in 1982, with one dining site each in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. They now serve meals from 133 different locations and in 2020 provided over 4 million meals to meet the increased demand due to COVID-19. This was an over 3x increase from 2019!

Loaves & Fishes provides thousands of meals daily via a number of different programs: public dining, student meals and snacks, street outreach, a free produce market, and The HUB — an affordable fresh food option that benefits small community meal programs and nonprofits and the populations they serve. To support their meal services, Loaves & Fishes grows fresh produce in their farm and gardens and operates a rescue program that captures wasted food from partnering restaurants, school cafeterias and businesses.

Loaves & Fishes Minnesota is not a religious organization. They serve without regard to religious perspective and do not engage in activities that promote any particular religious cause. 

June Positive Change donations will support healthy food access and provide hunger relief in Saint Paul. Last year, Loaves & Fishes served over 1 million meals at five Saint Paul Loaves & Fishes dining sites, through 17 partners, and through direct deliveries to people experiencing homelessness.