Giving Back to Our Community

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is proud to support and contribute to local community groups through our 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. 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.

The application period for 2020 4% Friday Applications has closed. We’ll accept applications for 2021 in July of 2020.

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.

1st Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, January-March 2019:

  • Friends of the Mt. Vernon Library
  • Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County
  • Northwest Agricultural Research Foundation
  • Clear Lake Elementary Visions Nature Club

2nd Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, April – June 2019:

  • NAMI Skagit
  • Stanwood Co-op Preschool
  • Bow Little Market
  • Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands

2018 Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients

1st Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, January-March 2018:

2nd Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, April-June 2018:

3rd Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, July-September 2018:

4th Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients, October-December 2018: