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. 12 groups are chosen, and on the 4th Friday of every month, you shop and together we give 4% of the day’s sales to that organization!
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.
Applications for 2021 are Closed.
4% Friday groups are selected once a year, and applications for 2022 will be available in July 2021.
Congratulations to our 2020 4% Friday Groups!
- January 24: Immigrant Resources & Immediate Support
- February 28: Page Ahead Literacy Program
- March 27: Skagit Valley Farmers Market Coalition
- April 24: North Cascades Institute
- May 22: Family Promise
- June 26: Sedro-Woolley Farm to School
- July 24: Skagit Animals in Need
- August 28: Mount Vernon Library Foundation
- September 25: Brigid Collins
- October 23: MVPD Homeless Outreach
- November 20: Underground Writing
- December 18: Friendship House
2019 4% Friday Giving:
- January 25: Skagit County Meals on Wheels – $2,456
- February 22: Skagit Valley College Second Chance Scholarship – $2,437
- March 22: Camp Korey Garden Program – $2,551
- April 26: Community Action Adult Education – $2,592
- May 24: Emerson High School (Youthnet) – $2,751
- June 28: Communities in Schools – $2,632
- July 26: The Million Waves Project – $2,490
- August 23: YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter – $2,320
- September 27: Children’s Council of Skagit County – $2,315
- October 25: Helping Hands Food Bank – $2,535
- November 22: La Leche League – $2,616
- December 27: Skagit Adult Day Program – $2,489
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! 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.
2020 Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients
1st Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, January-March 2020
- Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group $310.97 | 6,219 tokens
- Meals On Wheels $370.05 | 7,401 tokens
- Jefferson Elementary School Garden $243.50 | 4,870 tokens
- Anacortes Family Center $297.35 | 5,947 tokens
2019 Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients
- Friends of the Mt. Vernon Library $314.55 | 6,291 tokens
- Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County $279.00 | 5,580 tokens
- Northwest Agricultural Research Foundation $374.60 | 7,492 tokens
- Clear Lake Elementary Visions Nature Club $244.21 | 4,884 tokens
- NAMI Skagit $313.23 | 6,265 tokens
- Stanwood Co-op Preschool $217.20 | 4,344 tokens
- Bow Little Market $277.35 | 5,547 tokens
- Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands $537.56 | 10,751 tokens
- Northwest Organization for Animal Help (The NOAH Center) $495.96 | 9,919 tokens
- Children of the Valley After School Program $243.30 | 4,866 tokens
- Long Live the Kings: Save Salmon to Save Orcas $547.99 | 10,959 tokens
- Girls on the Run $203.65 | 4,073 tokens
- Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland $386.90 | 7,738 tokens
- Viva Farms $431.40 | 8,628 tokens
- Neighbors In Need $406.65 | 8,133 tokens
- Skagit PFLAG $250.66 | 5,013 tokens
2018 Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients
- Finney Farms Seed Distribution $274.45 | 5,489 tokens
- Skagit Conservation Education Alliance (SCEA) $218.74 | 4,375 tokens
- Food Action $332.55 | 6,651 tokens
- Skagit Habitat for Humanity $319.27 | 6,385 tokens
- Northwest Youth Services $329.52 | 6,590 tokens
- Skagit Gleaners $301.10 | 6,022 tokens
- Skagit Symphony $294.10 | 5,882 tokens
- Communities in Schools $252.97 | 5,509 tokens
- La Conner Sunrise Food Bank $313.95 | 6,279 tokens
- Concrete Farm to School Program $399.46 | 7,989 tokens
- Mt. Baker-Fidalgo Youth Symphony $221.55 | 4,431 tokens
- Foundation for Academic Endeavors $183.05 | 3,661 tokens