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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!

The Aliveness Project

September’s Positive Change recipient is The Aliveness Project, a local community and wellness center for people living with HIV that facilitates community connection, offers nutrition and wellness services, and provides resources for building fulfilling and healthy lives.

The Aliveness Project works to alleviate hunger through nutrition programs including their meal program, food shelf, and medical nutrition. In combination with factors such as poverty, homelessness, or food insecurity, HIV can become an increasingly devastating diagnosis. With 92% of Aliveness Project members being low-income, the nutrition programs are critical for members to maintain their health while managing an HIV diagnosis.

  • Meal program: The Aliveness Project provides free handmade meals to over 200 people living with HIV facing food insecurity each day. Meals are scratch-cooked, in consultation with a registered dietitian. Primary goals around the meal program are to reduce inflammation and offer a wide variety of options that meet specific dietary needs.
  • Food shelf: At their food shelf, members can take home 60 lbs. of food — both fresh and pre-packaged — once every two weeks to help fill the gaps when members are not able to come to Aliveness for a meal. The Aliveness Project distributed over 250,000 pounds of groceries last year to meet the demand of the community.

September Positive Change donations will support nutritious meals and fresh groceries to help feed over 2,000 Minnesotans living with HIV.