(December Recipient, Friends of Wood Lake)

Would you like to round up your purchase today?

It’s a phrase you hear all the time in our stores, but you might not know exactly what it means. When you round up your purchase to the nearest dollar, our Community Giving Round Up program takes those extra cents and gives them directly to a local organization doing amazing work for people who need it. It’s a simple but powerful way to engage our owners and shoppers in fulfilling Lakewinds’ principle of caring for the community.

Since the program started in 2015, your nickels and dimes have added up to more than $675,000. Thank you for your repeated acts of generosity. They truly make a difference in making our world a better place!

Each year, Round Up applications are accepted from October 1 to October 31. Recipients will be notified by early January.

Starting in 2020, the funds should be directly related to food access, building a healthier and more equitable food system, or sustainable agriculture. Funds should be used for a specific project, not for general operating costs.


How do you pick your organizations?

The Community Giving Round Up program has gained considerable traction since its start in April of 2015. As understanding of this initiative spreads through the Twin Cities, our network of empowered and involved organizations continues to grow.

Interested organizations can apply each October to be considered for the Community Giving Round Up program. Each December, 11 organizations are selected as Round Up recipients for the calendar year. During the month of March, Lakewinds participates in Minnesota FoodShare’s yearly campaign. All funds raised during March are designated through the FoodShare campaign to our food shelf partners – ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka, PROP in Chanhassen, and VEAP in Richfield.

A committee at Lakewinds carefully evaluates the applications and selects a diverse group of organizations from across the Twin Cities metro area. The program considers applications from non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organizations with projects that are directly related to food access, building a healthier and more equitable food system, or sustainable agriculture. Funds must be used for specific projects, not for general operating costs.

2019 Community Giving Round Up Recipients

January – TC Food Justice

     $13,827.42 raised


     $11,937.41 raised

March – Minnesota Food Share

     $18,774.64 raised

AprilDivision of Indian Work

     $14,578.31 raised

May – Tree Trust

     $15,928.99 raised

June – Tubman

     $15,715.02 raised

July – Green Garden Bakery

    $16,367.63 raised

AugustFarmaste Animal Sanctuary

     $16,600.31 raised

September – Hearts & Hammers

     $15,972.01 raised

October – Gilda’s Club of Twin Cities

     $16,094.63 raised

November – Appetite for Change

     $15,517.58 raised

DecemberFriends of Wood Lake


Round up applications for 2020 will be accepted from October 1 to October 31, 2019.