When you bring a reusable shopping bag to the co-op you’re doing something really cool not only for our entire planet but for our community as well. The co-op takes the money (a nickel) that we would have spent on a bag and gives it to a local non-profit. A token representing the nickel is a bean. A cashier will give you a bean for each reusable bag you use and you get to drop it in a jar of your choice representing one of three local charities.
We have paper bags, but Beans for Bags offers a fun incentive for reusable bags that fund some important programs.
Click here for an application to become a Beans for Bags recipient. The co-op Board of Directors will select new recipients for the final quarter of this year.
Current Recipients: July-September 2018
- VOCA Camps The Healing Circle’s Victory Over Child Abuse Camps provide a safe and healing environment for children who are survivors of sexual violence.
- CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates advocate for children in the foster care system to help them have the best chance for a safe, permanent home.
- Project Fruit Box North Coast Food Web in partnership with the co-op provides free fresh organic fruit in local schools for any kid who needs it.
Beans for Bags has saved almost 120,000 disposable bags from being used and supported 32 different community organizations with more than $6,000 in donations since starting in May 2015.