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2nd Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients at Skagit Valley Food Co-op

Each quarter, Skagit Valley Food Co-op selects four Tokens for Tomorrow recipients. With Tokens for Tomorrow, every time you bring in a reusable shopping bag, we honor your commitment to reducing waste with a token worth 5¢ to give to Neighbors in Need Food Bank or one of four other local organizations doing great things for our community. Check out 2018’s 2nd Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients:

Skagit Symphony

Skagit Symphony is a non-profit, volunteer orchestra that exists “To inspire and transform our community through the power of music!” We offer four evening concerts each season, as well as our annual low-cost Family Concert. A Skagit Symphony tradition for many years, this event begins with “Meet the Musicians”, an opportunity to talk with orchestra musicians and see their instruments up close.

Skagit Symphony aims to reach children of all ages with its Education programs. Every year we present performances for area fifth graders, at no cost to the schools, giving the students the experience of a grand performance hall concert at McIntyre Hall! Our Middle and High School Outreach program welcomes local students with free concert tickets and opportunities to perform with the orchestra as Guest Musicians.

Skagit Gleaners

Skagit Gleaners provides fresh and nutritious food to help working families achieve personal financial and health goals.  We do this by rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food to our members.

It was started in 1984 to address food waste and hunger. Skagit Gleaners reclaims products from stores, farmers, and individuals that otherwise would be discarded and end up in landfills. Some products may not be perfect, but they are still nutritious and good for enjoyment. Membership is open to all who are willing to pay a nominal membership fee and complete volunteer work to support the organization. Through volunteerism, members maintain dignity, self-esteem, and provide an alternative to area food banks.

Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools of Whatcom-Skagit partners with schools to ensure that every student has the resources and support they need to succeed. We currently work in four schools in the Mount Vernon School District–Mount Baker Middle School, LaVenture Middle School, Centennial Elementary, and Washington Elementary. Our staff coordinate one-to-one services such as academic help, basic needs resources, physical and mental health care, and mentoring, as well as school-wide services, to create a positive school culture and meet broader student needs.

Every child has tremendous potential. We help students unlock their abilities and talents, giving them a brighter future.

Tokens for Tomorrow donations will be used toward program supplies for our in-school programs in the Mount Vernon School District, as well as to help stock our basic needs supply closets in each of the schools so that students in need have immediate access to clothes, school supplies, hygiene items, and healthy snacks.

Northwest Youth Services

Northwest Youth Services impacts the lives of more than 1,000 youth per year in Whatcom and Skagit County through five core programs. Each year, we provide a safe home for more than 200 youth ages 13-24 who have runaway, been displaced, or are experiencing homelessness due to trauma, neglect, abuse or exploitation. When youth are given opportunities to stabilize, foster healthy relationships, rebuild connections, engage in education, and establish permanent housing, they thrive in their lives. Your support through Tokens for Tomorrow will provide housing and vocational support services – working to end youth homelessness in our community.

Thanks for shopping at the Co-op and supporting what matters to you. We love that you love making a difference.

By: Co-op Staff

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