PARTNERSHIPS IN ACTION
This week we’re celebrating our community impact programs. We’re sharing our nonprofit partners’ stories and opportunities for you to get involved, whether that’s by volunteering locally, bringing your reusable bag, or nominating an awesome nonprofit. Check out a few stories below to get inspired and hop into your local Lucky’s Market to learn more!
Know of an awesome nonprofit doing work in your local community? Nominate them for a potential Community Impact partnership today!
Local Matters – Columbus, Ohio
, a 2018 Impact Day partner, works to create healthy communities through food education, access, and advocacy. Funds raised supported their 6-week course “Food Matters” at the Linden Park Neighborhood Early Childhood Education Center. With your help, Local Matters was able to educate 150 kindergarten students about healthy food, positive food choices, and more.
Slow Food in the Tetons – Jackson, Wyoming
Last year we hosted an Impact Day for Slow Food in the Tetons
, supporting their After School Youth Farm-to-Table Cooking Classes. Slow Food in the Tetons works to grow their local and regional sustainable food economy by supporting producers and educating consumers. With your help, we were able to donate enough for Slow Food in the Tetons to provide the cooking classes to 60 students in 2018.
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture – Columbia, Missouri
We work with Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA)
to provide fresh, local produce for neighbors in need through our collaborative Crates to Plates garden in the front of the store. CCUA manages the garden, caring for produce from seed to harvest. In 2018, CCUA harvested over 800 pounds of produce from the 500 milk crates to be donated to The Central Pantry.
Tampa Bay Watch – St. Petersburg, Florida
Shortly after our Grand Opening, we hosted an Impact Day to benefit Tampa Bay Watch
, a local nonprofit dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary. By shopping on this day, you helped them launch a new school nursery for Bay Grasses in Classes, a program that allows students the opportunity to grow native wetland grasses at their school to restore coastal marshes.
Community Food Share, Boulder CO:
Community Food Share
is our food bank partner; they help us facilitate relationships with local food pantries, like The OUR Center. In addition to our food donation partnership, we supported Community Food Share through an Impact Day in Fall 2018 through our South Boulder store. Funds raised helped Community Food Share provide 8,500 holiday meals for families and individuals in need.
Community Action Network – Ann Arbor, Michigan:
Community Action Network
(CAN) works with children, youth, and families from under-resourced neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live. In 2018 we hosted an Impact Day that helped CAN serve 1,700 after-school and weekend meals to over 150 low-income students in Ann Arbor.
YOUTH & EDUCATION
Provision Packs – Ormond Beach, Florida:
In April 2019, 13 of our team members volunteered with Provision Packs
through our G.I.V.E. program. Provision Packs, one of our Grand Opening nonprofit partners, provides well balanced nutritional food for children in need on the weekend, and extended breaks during the school year. Through our donation, Provision Packs will be enrolling a new school in their program. During their time volunteering, our team members packed 3,000 meals for kids in the community.
Girls on the Run of Alachua – Gainesville, Florida:
Girls on the Run of Alachua
runs a 10 week after-school program to empower girls through fitness. In 2018 we supported Girls on the Run Alachua through Bags for Change. By bringing your reusable bags Girls on the Run was able to provide scholarships for 15 girls at an underserved school to participate in programming, giving them confidence and health knowledge to last a lifetime.