Positive Change Program

positiveChangePreviously known as Eco-Stamp, our bag credit and donation program is now known as Positive Change. The name is a nod to our mission statement: to create positive change in the community by influencing the production, distribution, and enjoyment of food.

With this change, we raised the stakes by increasing each reusable bag credit donation to be worth 10¢ instead of 5¢. We need your help in creating the most positive change in our communities so we also ask that you round up your purchases to the next dollar amount for donation to our monthly Positive Change recipient. It may only be a few cents or spare change, but the cumulative impact on our community is astounding! On average, you help us raise over $8,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients.

St. Paul-based nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the Positive Change Program. Recipients are typically organizations with missions pertaining to local and sustainable agriculture, hunger initiatives, food access, and nutrition education. At Mississippi Market Natural Food Co-op’s discretion, the Positive Change recipient calendar may be preempted to raise emergency or disaster relief funds.

To apply, download the Positive Change Program Policy & Request Form and return it to our customer service staff or email a completed one to Education & Events Specialist Katie Marty. Applications are accepted on an on-going rolling basis and reviewed quarterly.

2017 Positive Change Recipients

January 2017 – Tanka Fund

February 2017 – The Family Place

March 2017 – Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

April 2017 – Women’s Advocates

May 2017 – Minnesota Food Association

June 2017 – Urban Roots

July 2017 – Friends of the Mississippi River

August 2017 – Land Stewardship Project

September 2017 – Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

October 2017 – Dream of Wild Health

November 2017 – Midwest Food Connection

December 2017 – Keystone Community Services