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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 $11,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients!

Sweet Potato Comfort Pie

October’s Positive Change recipient is Sweet Potato Comfort Pie (SPCP), whose mission is to advance racial justice and equity, heal damage caused by race-based trauma and elevate marginalized voices and experiences.

SPCP achieves this mission by:

  • Using the powerful Black cultural food tradition of making and delivering sweet potato pie
  • Facilitating story-circle dialogues with intentional listening and authentic sharing
  • Building multicultural alliances/relationships that deepen commitment to racial justice work

Rose McGee founded SPCP in 2014 in response to the events in Ferguson, MO. Through this journey, Rose discovered that through the process of baking with others, delivering the pies, and gathering for reflection, the pies became far more than a vehicle of comfort food and culture; they were a catalyst for change.

Rose has been forging her own brand of baking activism ever since, responding to the continued crises and racial justice struggles in the US and beyond. SPCP is dedicated to the work of gathering people for deepened conversation, workshops, story circles, authentic relationships, healing and community action.

October Positive Change donations will support the Rose Service Scholars program that links 11th- and 12th-grade girls to highly respected elder mentors. Each youth participant receives an honorarium along with other resources that promote cultural identity, food appreciation and career guidance.