Over the years, we have been able to give money to organizations and individuals with direct donations from our shoppers when they are at registers. Scroll for the current list of round ups, and below that, ones we have had in the past (this is a developing list, as we continue to compile our information). Thank you for participating in this program!
Fall of 2017 – currently there are three!
CECOSESOLA is a huge cooperative network in Venezuela. They operate three food markets, serving thousands of people every weekend, as well as a large health center, funeral home service, health clinics, small farms, and food production co-ops across the country. Increasing political and economic instability in Venezuela presents challenges to our friends to continue the life-changing work they do in the community. Your donation today goes directly to CECOSESOLA to offer emergency support to their workers and cooperatives. Here is a film that the Olympia Food Co-op staff produced after our first exchange with CECOSESOLA in 2012.
Community Sustaining Fund is an Olympia non-profit organization offering seed and sustaining funds for various local organizations. The grant cycle is open twice a year. Here is an article in the Table, Spring 2016 issue, written by an Olympia Food Co-op Board Member.
Thompson/Chaplin Family – in response to an incident on May 21, 2015 when Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin were shot by an Olympia Police Officer. Here is an article from our staff in the Table magazine (pdf) page 12. Here are a few more links related to this round up… Black Lives Matter… Showing Up for Racial Justice … Project Implicit (an online test to examine your own biases).
Magic Kombucha – a popular beverage on our shelves and made in Olympia – ceased production after the tragic fire in their facility and warehouse storage site.