Giving Back to Our Community

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is proud to support and make significant contributions to local community groups in a variety of ways: 4% Friday Community Shopping Day, Tokens for Tomorrow, and donations made to non-profit organizations, community groups, and community fundraising efforts.


4% Friday: a Community Shopping Day

Once a year, the Community Relations Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op accepts and reviews the applications of non-sectarian, non-partisan charitable community groups for participation in 4% Friday, a Community Shopping Day. Groups chosen, one per month for the calendar year, are honored with 4% of the day’s gross receipts at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.

These community groups are selected for their service to the community in the following areas; local community service organizations, organic food, natural health, environmentally friendly and sustainable agricultural practices, human rights, environmental preservation, and groups with “like minded” mission statements. We also hope to fill at least one slot for an organization with a focus on youth.

 

Congratulations to our 2018 4% Friday Recipient Groups! 

  • January 26: Anacortes Middle School Garden to Kitchen Classes
  • February 23: The DreamFields Project
  • March 23: Fidalgo Island & Guemes Gleaners
  • April 27: Food From Farms
  • May 25: Skagit Animals in Need (SAIN)
  • June 22: Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland’s InFARMation Programs
  • July 27: Voices of the Children
  • August 24: Mount Vernon Parks Foundation Outdoor Education for Youth
  • September 28: Greenwood Tree Educational Cooperative
  • October 26: Skagit Land Trust’s Engaging Youth in Conservation
  • November 16: Anacortes Family Center
  • December 28: Community Action Skagit Food Distribution Center

Tokens for Tomorrow

The next time you visit the Co-op, remember to bring your own bag with you or use one of the used boxes we keep at the front of the store. You’ll receive a Co-op token for each full-sized new paper bag that you save. Help the environment, save us some money, and share the wealth! If you’d still like to receive the customary nickel back for bringing your bag, just let your cashier know.

The Co-op’s Community Relations Committee, which includes current and former Co-op Board members, and our Marketing and Outreach Manager, choose four recipient groups for each quarter. Recipient groups are chosen in line with the Co-op’s Mission Statement and Donation Policy. Take a look at our Tokens for Tomorrow display next to the front registers to read more about this quarter’s recipient groups, or read on! We also always have donation boxes for the local food banks at each register.

Want to support local community organizations with your Tokens? Here’s what to do!

  • Bring in your own bag and let your cashier fill it with the groceries you’ve picked out at the Co-op that day.
  • Choose which of the four recipient groups that you’d like to support with your token.
  • Put your token in one of the four jars across from the registers.
  • Tokens are worth a nickel and at the end of the quarter we’ll make the donations and choose new recipient groups.