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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!

Midwest Food Connection

Teaching kids about healthy eating, local foods, and sustainable agriculture

September’s Positive Change recipient is Midwest Food Connection (MFC), an organization that brings educational adventures in food, cooking, and gardening to children and their families throughout the Twin Cities. Co-founded by Mississippi Market Co-op in 1996, MFC inspires and empowers elementary and middle-school children to make healthy, responsible food choices. Their school programs educate children about natural foods, local sustainable farming, and the cultural origins of our food.

Show your support for MFC as the new school year begins! For over 20 years, Mississippi Market and Midwest Food Connection have been partnering to bring healthful food education to Saint Paul students. In the last year alone, MFC’s food, cooking, and sustainable agriculture lessons have reached over 1,400 school kids at 14 Saint Paul schools. Children in Saint Paul receive an average of just 3.4 hours of food and nutrition education each school year. A large gap exists in curriculums for this type of education, and many schools cannot afford MFC’s programming on their own. Your register roundups and donated bag credits will help expand MFC’s reach. This September, help empower children to make healthy choices for their bodies, their families, and their communities.

September Positive Change funds will bring top-quality food education to underserved schools in Saint Paul. This will enable MFC to reach children that don’t otherwise have the opportunity to try new foods, discover other cultural cuisines, or learn how their food choices impact the world.