Positive Change – Fruits of the City

We’re proud that our reusable bag donation program reflects our overall mission as a co-op. With Positive Change, your reusable bag credit is worth 10¢ each. Choose to keep it, or donate it to our monthly non-profit recipients. Plus, in the spirit of making a greater impact on our community, you can round up to support these organizations every time you shop! In July, your donations will go to support the work of Fruits of the City.

Fruits of the City

Fruits of the City helps communities grow and harvest fresh, local fruit for area food shelves.

Fruits of the City is a program of The Food Group whose broader mission is to fight hunger and nourish our community. The Food Group secures bulk quantities of nourishing food and makes the food available to 200 food shelf and hunger partners.

FruitsOfTheCityThrough the Fruits of the City Program, they partner with local fruit tree owners and orchards to “glean” the excess produce from fruit trees that they won’t be eating or selling, and thus prevent thousands of pounds of locally grown fruit from going to waste. Local community members and groups volunteer to do the gleaning.

Instead of going to waste, The Food Group has the resources to centralize the fresh produce rescued through Fruits of the City and distribute it to local food shelf partners in order to feed local community members experiencing hunger. In 2015, Fruits of the City hosted 94 gleaning events, engaged 235 volunteers, and gleaned 55,500 total pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Positive Change donations will go to:

Money raised through the Positive Change program will double (!!) the amount of fresh produce for local food shelves. Recipient food shelves include Mississippi Market partners: Hallie Q. Brown, Merrick, Neighborhood House, and Keystone Community Services.

The funds will also allow Fruits of the City to reach out to more tree owners, glean from more residential fruit trees, create more community orchards and engage more volunteers in harvesting this healthy food that would otherwise have gone to waste.