Lakewinds Food Co-op is committed to giving back to our community, and we’ve been doing so for more than 40 years. We invite our owners and customers to participate in this program in a tangible way by choosing to “round-up” their grocery bill to the nearest dollar. These donations are given to recipient organizations that share Lakewinds’ commitment and vision for healthier communities.

Each year, a calendar of monthly recipients will be established. One organization per month is selected by a committee of Lakewinds employees, and all donations made during that month will go to the designated recipient. Organizations may be a recipient no more than once per year.  Recipients are chosen in December of each year for the following calendar year.

To be considered for Round Up, an organization’s mission and work should relate to:

  • Equity, access, and sustainability in the local food system
  • Sustainable agriculture and organic food producers

Organizations must be:

  • Non-sectarian and non-partisan
  • A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Based in the Twin Cities metro area served by Lakewinds Food Co-op

Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Are using Round Up funds for projects directly related to food access, building a healthier and more equitable food system, or sustainable agriculture
  • Use this funding for specific projects, not for general operating costs

  • Lakewinds Front End staff may have 15 seconds or less to communicate with each customer about our monthly giving recipient organization. In one or two sentences, please “pitch” your organization and how the funds will be used.
  • What is the specific project to be funded by Lakewinds Round Up donations? Please include as much information about that project as possible.
  • IF SELECTED: The following items will be required
    • Brochures or flyers about your organization for distribution in Lakewinds 3 locations (50 per store, more if needed later).
    • Photos representing your work to be used on Lakewinds website and social media (.jpg or .eps files please) along with a digital copy of your high-resolution logo.
    • A member of your organization to provide one 15 minute training session for cashiers in each store prior to the beginning of the designated month.
    • An in-person meeting after the Round Up month with the Lakewinds marketing team to take photos and learn about how the funds have been used , so details can be shared with our customers.
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  • Scanned copies or digital files are ok (brochure, flyer, outreach materials, etc.)
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