People’s Food Co-op
Rochester, MN & La Crosse, WI
Whether it be an on-site cooking class or lecture, or a special program designed for your school or business, PFC staff provides educational programming to hundreds of adults and children throughout the La Crosse area each year. We share our knowledge about natural foods, organic production, local agriculture, cooperatives, cooking, gardening, and a myriad of other topics in fun and engaging programs designed to capture your imagination and spark further learning.
People’s Food Co-op forms partnerships with many local community groups and events throughout the year including: Minnesota FoodShare, The Earth Day coalition, Hillview Urban Agriculture Center, Great River Folk Fest, Coulee Partners for Sustainability, Dowtown Mainstreet Inc., etc. Through these partnerships we contribute staff time, volunteers, ideas, solutions, classroom space, newsletter advertising, networking, and other co-op resources to aid in the success of mission related partnerships throughout our communities.
Our cooperative provides thousands of dollars in cash support and in-kind donations to deserving local efforts throughout the region every year. Our contributions often come at a time when a small amount of funding, or lack of it, can make or break the efforts of a local organization.
Hey kids and adults! PFC Explorer Club launches in La Crosse! Already up and running in Rochester, the Explorer Club issues every kid 12 and under a passport, an official card, temporary tattoo, and a free banana every time s(he) comes in the store! Sign up at customer service, flash the card every time, get a sticker to wear in the store, and the free banana will be in the produce department!
MN Foodshare March Campaign
For the fourth consecutive year, People’s Food Co-op—Rochester will be joining our fellow co-ops throughout the state to collect food and raise funds for MN FoodShare’s March Campaign. Every year the campaign brings together hundreds of companies, civic groups, schools, and congregations to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year.
Our efforts will go to supporting Channel One and Southeast MN food shelves. In addition to wooden nickels, we will be collecting cash and food and selling prebagged groceries for FoodShare.
The People’s Food Co-op Community Fund
In 2003 People’s Food Co-op received a matching funds grant from the Twin Pines Co-operative Foundation to create our own philanthropic fund. The co-op took the $5,000 in grant money and added another $5,000 of our own funds to establish The People’s Food Co-op Community Fund.
The People’s Food Co-op Community Fund (PFCCF) works much like any foundation; the contributions that you and the Co-op make to the fund are part of the permanent endowment. The endowment is invested in other co-ops and the interest earned is used by the PFCCF to make grants to local nonprofit organizations and cooperatives.
Unlike many other foundations or endowment funds, the PFCCF is invested in co-ops, not in the stock market. So unlike other funds that were negatively impacted by volatility in the stock market, our community fund continued to grow. The PFCCF enhances People’s Food Co-op’s ability to positively impact our community, which is a fundamental part of our mission. Over the past several years, through PFCCF grants we’ve funded community garden projects, community health programs, and farm to school programs—to name a few.
PFC Volunteer Night
La Crosse Food Forest PFC Volunteer Night at the Food Forest will be June 7. We will be working and weeding to the sounds of an African drum group!
PFC will be sponsoring a farmers’ market at Rochester’s Thursdays on First festival.