Outreach - Our Community Commitment
The International Cooperative Alliance calls for co-ops to work for the sustainable development of their communities. Along with our Fundraising Donations Program, [link to that page] Lakewinds also channels funding into environmental and food-related causes in our communities via the programs below.
Patch the Planet Program
The Patch the Planet program rewards shoppers who reuse cloth, paper or plastic bags for their groceries. When they reuse a bag, customers earn a green patch valued at 5¢. The customer can apply the money towards his/her next purchase, or donate the patch to an environmental cause pre-selected by the Lakewinds’ marketing team. This collection raises an average of $6,000 each year.
Change for Hunger Program
Change for Hunger is a 100% customer-supported program. Our shoppers donate money at the registers, and each quarter the money is given to our local food shelves working to address the issues of poverty and hunger in the communities also served by Lakewinds.