Concern for Community

Cooperatives are guided by seven main principles. Principle seven is concern for community. As a co-op, we strive every day to work for the sustainable development of our neighborhood and community through policies accepted by our ownership.

Over the last four decades, our grant programs, food donations, paid staff volunteer service hours and other giving projects have built community gardens, fed hungry families, brought local produce into our kids’ classrooms, expanded fresh food access for SNAP-EBT users, and much, much more.

Local Partners

At the Wedge, we cultivate relationships with local growers, producers, educators, food justice advocates and change-makers for a more sustainable world. We show our commitment to these communities through the support of our many local partners:

True Food Chef Council

The True Food Chef Council is a partnership between MPS’s Culinary and Nutrition Services and the Minneapolis restaurant community that pioneers new school recipes, engages with students in lunchrooms, and raises awareness about healthy eating habits. The Wedge is a proud member of the Chef Council, and collaborates with other members to promote MPS’s commitment to direct sourcing of local foods, scratch cooking and healthy eating.

True Food Taste Tests

Each year MPS’s elementary and middle schools host three lunchtime taste tests that expose students to new recipes, and encourages them to be adventurous eaters and think critically about their food. The Wedge is the primary sponsor for the True Food Taste Tests, an important way to foster lifelong healthy eating habits in kids from an early age.

Change Matters

Our Change Matters program makes it easy for shoppers to help local community-enrichment organizations by making small change donations at the registers that add up to meaningful contributions. Shoppers can round up their totals at the Wedge Lyndale, Wedge Table and Linden Hills Co-op!

Submit a proposal to be a 2019 Change Matters partner! View HERE 

A committee of Wedge, Wedge Table and Linden Hills Co-op staff will review proposals and select Change Matters recipients in October. Twelve organizations will be chosen to receive one month of donations during the 2019 calendar year.

Our co-op promotes Change Matters and its partner organizations through our website, social media and in-store signage. We look to our partner organizations to promote Change Matters through their outlets and encourage their supporters, clients and members to shop our stores during their month and ask to round up. Through this program, our co-op seeks to create meaningful, productive and lasting partnerships with local organizations.

We ask that all applying organizations have 501(c)3 non-profit status.

Selection Process:
August 27, 2018: Begin accepting proposals
October 1, 2018: Proposals due for committee review
November 5, 2018: Notification of 2019 Change Matters recipients

 

2018 Change Matters Recipients

January Frogtown Farm TOTAL RAISED $9,536.70
February Land Stewardship Project TOTAL RAISED $8,359.04
March Minnesota FoodShare TOTAL RAISED $13,010.87
April Tanka Fund  TOTAL RAISED $13,222.54
May Midwest Food Connection TOTAL RAISED $12,296.01
June Appetite for Change TOTAL RAISED $12,970.78
July Herbivorous Acres TOTAL RAISED $12,603.58
August The Sheridan Story 
September Pajama Pride 
October St. Stephens zAmya Theater Project 
November Open Arms of Minnesota 
December The Food Shelf at Hennepin County Medical Center 

 

Thank you for your support! Together we raised over $100,000 for our 2017 Change Matters Recipients!

January 2017– Minnesota Internship Center TOTAL RAISED $7270.15 
February 2017 – Simpson Housing Services TOTAL RAISED $10,135.16
March 2017 – MN FoodShare March Campaign TOTAL RAISED $14,799.67
April 2017 – College Possible TOTAL RAISED $9739.24
May 2017 – Midwest Food Connection TOTAL RAISED $8451.15
June 2017 – Neighborhood Roots TOTAL RAISED $6793.61
July 2017 – 24th Street Urban Farm – Mashkiikii Gitigan TOTAL RAISED $8439.22
August 2017 – Kulture Klub Collaborative TOTAL RAISED $6563.18
September 2017 – North Country Food Alliance TOTAL RAISED  $12,878.12
October 2017 – Early Childhood Family Education TOTAL RAISED  $6,364.11
November 2017 – Open Arms of Minnesota TOTAL RAISED $9,396.46
December 2017 – Vail Place TOTAL RAISED $7,612.74

Donations Request

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op supports community events with donations in the form of $50 gift cards. These can be used as prizes, silent auction items or to purchase food for the event. We do not donate food or deli items. Requests must be made at least two months prior to the event.

We give preference to organizations and events whose mission relates to cooperatives, environmental sustainability, food, or agriculture. In addition, we give preference to organizations and events that serve or benefit communities served by our co-ops. Non-profit (501c3) status is preferred but not required. Organizations are eligible for one donation per year.

Please use our contact page to send your request. Select “donation request” from the drop down menu and include the following information:

Name and contact information (email and/or phone number)

Organization name, website, email, phone number, and address*

Please note your non-profit (501c3) status, it is preferred but not required.

Event date(s) and when you need the donation by

Brief description of event and who it benefits

How our co-op will be acknowledged

*Donations will be mailed unless requested to pick it up in store. Please be sure to include the correct mailing address in your request.

 

WedgeShare

We are no longer offering WedgeShare grants, but local non-profits are invited to apply to be a Change Matters recipient in September. Through Change Matters, and thanks to consolidation, our community can donate twice the amount of funds that we were able to through WedgeShare. In addition, our Change Matters program allows us to rally the support of our committed owners and shoppers and spread the word about the incredible non-profit organizations that exist in our community.