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Create Positive Change

Each time you shop at the co-op, you have a chance to directly support local community partners 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!

Second Harvest Heartland

November’s Positive Change recipient is Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest, most efficient hunger-relief organizations. Second Harvest Heartland provides an average of 75% of all food distributed by its food shelf partners, and last year, provided more than 97 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other programs.

Second Harvest Heartland is a food bank, gathering food from local farmers and rescuing from food retailers, then distributing to food shelves, banks and programs across 59 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Second Harvest Heartland can leverage its unique position as a large food bank to advocate, educate and provide food for the 1 in 8 people, including 1 in 5 kids, in Minnesota who experience hunger.

Already this year, the number of hungry people in Minnesota has increased from 1 in 11 people to 1 in 8 people. Food shelves across Minnesota are expecting a continued 65% increase in demand as a result of challenging economic conditions tied to COVID-19. In response, Second Harvest Heartland’s COVID-19 plans include emergency food boxes, grocery pop-ups, prepared meals from Minnesota Central Kitchen, and access to SNAP (food stamps).

While Second Harvest Heartland is a large organization supporting food shelves and organizations across the state, it supports a number of shared partners with Mississippi Market here in Saint Paul such as: Neighborhood House, Merrick Community Services, Hallie Q. Brown, Keystone Community Services, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul and more.

November Positive Change donations will help fund emergency food boxes, grocery pop-ups, and meals for our neighbors in need.