December 5 begins our annual Hope for the Holidays campaign. We’ve selected over a dozen holiday favorites, like locally grown poinsettias and our house-made stollen and quick breads. Look for signs around the store.
We’re also offering our popular, ready-to-give “Gifts for Good” gift packs, like the local Sweet and Nutty Gift Pack and the North Carolina Craft Beer Collection. Gifts for Good feature locally produced or cooperatively produced items. In addition to a donation to Hope for the Holidays, purchasing a Gift for Good supports producers doing good in the world. Gifts for Good will be in stores throughout the holiday season.
Every time you purchase a Hope for the Holidays item, we’ll make a donation to our Cooperative Community Fund (CCF), a sustainable endowment fund for community donations. The CCF gives grants each year to local nonprofits for projects that focus on access to healthy food. This year’s recipients were the following:
$2000 to Chapel Hill Carrboro Meals on Wheels to outfit the expanded space at their new location to increase their ability to provide meals for their clients. They’ll purchase a large capacity freezer to freeze meals and heavy-duty storage shelves to hold shelf-stable meal options as well as emergency food and donated supplies and pet food.
- $1900 to Frank Porter Graham Bilingue Elementary School’s “Garden Cooking & Education” program. The new program will provide students access to cooking lessons and preparation of healthy fruits and vegetables from the school’s community garden. The funds will purchase a mobile cart, equipment, tools, and supplies to bring more cooking and preparation lessons to the classrooms at the school.
- $1000 to Orange Congregations in Mission to build a produce storage station. The storage station will provide efficient storage for the bulk produce donated when shoppers round up. The pantry has limited refrigerated space, so much of the produce donated does not require refrigeration, foods like potatoes and apples.
- $1000 to the Container Gardening Program for Refugee Women piloted by Church World Service. The grant funds will provide gardening materials for a container vegetable gardening module that will empower participants to grow their own vegetables at home.