Concern for Community

Cooperatives are principled businesses. Principle #7, last but certainly not least, is concern for community. What that means is that as a cooperative we strive every day to work for the sustainable development of our neighborhood and community through policies accepted by the 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.

To learn about the many ways we proudly support Principle #7, see what our local partners are up to, or check out our giving report.

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!

Check back here in fall 2018 for the updated proposal guidelines and application form. A staff committee will select the 2019 Change Matters groups in early October.

2018 Change Matters Recipients

January Frogtown Farm TOTAL RAISED $9,536.70
February Land Stewardship Project 
March Minnesota FoodShare 
April Tanka Fund  
May Midwest Food Connection 
June Appetite for Change 
July Herbivorous Acres 
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-ops support community events with donations in the form of $25-$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 weeks prior to the event. Community donations are allocated on the first and third Monday of each month.

We give preference to organizations and events whose mission relates to cooperatives, environmental sustainability, food, or agriculture. In addition, we give preference to other 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

Event date(s)*

Brief description of event and who it benefits

How our co-ops will be acknowledged

Giving Report

from our fiscal year of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

You probably know that the Wedge donates a lot of food, money and time to various organizations in our community, but most don’t realize how much. When the Wedge’s annual net income is about $200,000, it puts it into perspective how generously the Wedge gives back.

$50,000 of WedgeShare grants were distributed to these organizations, selected by you:
The Aliveness Project: $5,000
Appetite for Change: $7,650
Compatible Technology International: $3,700
Farmers’ Legal Action Group: $7,750
Midtown Farmers Market: $7,000
Open Arms of MN: $7,600
Shared Ground Farmers Cooperative: $5,000
Tree Trust: $6,300

$302,719 in food to local food shelves.

$6,000 worth of gift cards in various amounts to 140 organizations like… the Will Steeger Foundation, Free Arts MN, Spark-Y, RECLAIM, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, American Cancer Society, and Urban Roots

$49,440 to Midwest Food Connection, which supported 249 lessons at seven Minneapolis schools.

Ever rounded up at the register? That’s Change Matters. And a total of $34,331 was raised that way for local community-enrichment organizations.

Staff volunteered 175 hours at organizations like…
Friends School Plant Sale, Free Arts Minnesota, Full Cycle (Pillsbury United Communities), Hennepin County Library Bookstore, KFAI Radio, Lyndale Community School, Midwest Food Connection, Open Arms of Minnesota, Open Streets, MN AIDS Project, Simpson Housing Services, Stable Pathways, and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

43,000 samples of new foods were distributed to K–8th graders at 44 Minneapolis Public Schools for True Food Taste Tests.