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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!

Local Emergency Assistance Farmer Fund (LEAFF)

October’s Positive Change recipient is LEAFF, an emergency assistance fund created to purchase produce from local farms and support hunger relief in the Twin Cities.

The Good Acre, a nonprofit food hub, in partnership with six other nonprofits, launched LEAFF to purchase produce from small-scale, emerging, and Black, Indigenous or person of color (BIPOC) farmers who have lost their restaurant, school and other institutional markets due to COVID-19-related disruptions. With the rise in unemployment and economic downturn, it was also clear there was going to be an increase in the need for food access. LEAFF was created to address both issues.

LEAFF is not a grant, but a guarantee to buy up to $5,000 of produce from each accepted farm during the 2020-2021 growing season. The application is currently open to any farmer who identifies as BIPOC who is farming within 200 miles of the Twin Cities and whose gross farm sales are less than $100,000 a year.

The fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables purchased through the program will be donated directly to hunger-relief organizations including food shelves, schools distributing produce, and organizations making prepared meals.

October Positive Change funds will directly support the LEAFF Program and its dual mission of supporting local farmers and hunger relief.