Seward Community Co-op 2017 • Community giving, Food program, Neighborhood Forest, Grants, Donations & Classes

Seward Community Co-op
Minneapolis, MN

SEED – Our community giving program allows customers to “round-up” their grocery or cafe bill for recipient organizations that share our commitment to a healthy community. To date, we have raised nearly $1.25 million for local nonprofits through SEED.

Recent SEED Recipients

April 2017: In the Heart of the Beast
(62,300 customers donated $28,472)

March 2017: Isuroon
(61,447 customers donated $27,767)

February 2017: MAD DADS
(47,668 customers donated $21,615)

January 2017: Kente Circle Training Institute
(52,913 customers donated $23,422)

December 2016: Sabathani Community Center
(53,120 customers donated $24,558)

Midwest Food Connection – Seward Co-op is the single largest sponsor of MFC, a program that brings practical and interactive lessons about healthful eating to dozens of schools in the Twin Cities area.

Midwest Food Connection (MFC) sends educators into elementary school classrooms to teach about healthy eating, local foods, as well as sustainable and organic agriculture.

  • They provide children with opportunities to study and taste natural and organic foods.
  • They create an understanding in children of the origins and traditions of regionally produced foods.
  • They teach children about the methods and benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.
  • They organize and lead field trips to local diversified farms.

Neighborhood Forest – We are a long-time sponsor of this program that has helped more than 45,000 school children plant over 24,000 trees across 10 states.

Neighborhood Forest gives trees (6-12 inches in size) to school children. For free. Every Earth Day. They do this in cooperation with parents, school administrators and teachers. They agree to give trees away for free, provided schools are willing to distribute them to their students and parents are willing to plant and care for them with their kids.

Seward Community Fund (SCF) – the SCF embodies our commitment to grow not just as a business, but also as a community resource for organizations whose work aligns with our vision for a healthy community. SCF grants are awarded to organizations whose work aligns with our Ends Statement.

Community Donations Program. –  Seward Co-op gift cards enable dozens of community nonprofits to purchase food for fundraising or volunteer events for their organizations.

Classes – Seward Co-op offers a variety of nutrition and cooking classes at both its Franklin and Friendship stores.

River Market Community Co-op 2017 • Outreach, Community Garden, Community Kitchen, Classes & Neighborhood Forest

River Market Community Co-op
Stillwater, MN

Food Shelf

River Market partners with Valley Outreach to help those in need in our community. We have collection bins at the front of the store for food and clothing, and helped pilot Washing County’s Fresh Green Buck$ program, helping people in need get access to fresh and frozen vegetables all year.

Community Gardens

River Market proudly helped to start Stillwater’s two community gardens – both the South and North Hill Community Gardens.  The North Hill garden is located at the corner of Aspen and North Martha streets and consists of 40 raised garden beds. Plots were available on a first-come, first-served basis. The South Hill garden is located on the south side of the playground at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (111 Orleans St. East).

Community Kitchen

River Market is a sponsor and partner of Our Community Kitchen. They cultivate an inclusive community, participating in the process of growing, preparing, eating, and preserving food in order to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Our Community Kitchen is rooted in food justice, a desire to create community, and to encourage social responsibility through food. Their donation-based breakfast program promises to delight, served up by volunteers using locally produced ingredients including many certified organic and chemical-free ingredients.

They serve breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays — if you need a breakfast, they’ll serve you one. If you can afford to pay for yourself plus a bit extra, then they can serve someone else breakfast who needs one.


We offer a variety of classes on everything from making lefse to beekeeping.

Neighborhood Forest

Each year for Earth Day we sponsor an elementary school through Neighborhood Forest – every student gets to take home a tree to plant.