Bloomingfoods Positive Change

Since 1976 Bloomingfoods has endeavored to be a positive force in this community; working to meet the needs of local folks, support local food, and build a healthy local economy. We believe that community-based organizations are vital to the health and wellness of this community, and we want to help them succeed!
 
The Positive Change program is a community-driven fundraising campaign that offers shoppers the opportunity to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar, or donate more if they wish. Since its rollout in January 2016, shoppers have raised over $190,000 for local organizations.
 
The program’s success has generated enormous interest, and while we would love to be able to offer support to every community organization, we have chosen to let our Bylaws be our guide, and to prioritize organizations that are aligned with our mission and vision for a healthy community:
• "To promote and encourage interest in the local growing of food crops and to provide for the consumers of Southern Indiana locally grown, nutritious and non-chemically produced foodstuffs.”
• "To educate the community to the economic, social and other beneficial values inherent in organizing community services, and in offering locally produced consumer goods and foodstuffs.”
•"To help provide low cost food and consumer services to the indigent members of the Co-op and to the local community as a whole.”
 
Organizations we are looking for should:
• Feed the community
• Grow food, and/or provide gardening & nutrition education
• Support local growers
• Create community projects that focus on food
• Focus on the food system, and policies that shape our food system
 
These organizations have been selected as candidates for the 2019 Positive Change year. Co-op owner-members will choose 8 monthly recipients from this list as part of our annual election, and the results will be announced at the end of the election. The election is active from September 17 - October 9.
Area 10 Agency on Aging: More than a Meal programs: The Agency not only provides a home meal delivery program, they also operate a mobile food pantry, and community garden.
 
Bloomington Community Orchard: "Bloomington Community Orchard is an organization devoted to growing fruit for the community and growing our orcharding skills through educational opportunities.”
 
Bloomington Meals on Wheels: "Founded in 1973, our program provides nutritious meals to homebound people who are unable to cook for themselves. We ensure that our clients receive two good meals a day delivered by a friendly visitor.”
 
Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living: This market "exists to extend the farmers’ market season and increase the availability of fresh produce and other local products throughout the four seasons of the year. We seek to encourage direct contact between producer and consumer and increase understanding of local food economy issues.”
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington: Their Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition programming includes gardening and cooking clubs, where children of all ages are taught not only how to grow food, but also how to prepare meals with foods harvested from their own gardens!
 
Stepping Stones, program of Centerstone: Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, works to stabilize youth who live with chronic insecurity. Stepping Stones' life skills specialists and health coaches and health coaches dedicate significant time to educating our clients about healthy eating, grocery budget planning and shopping, and how to navigate the available food pantries. We feed hundreds of people a month in our Horizons drop in center, our Peer Run Recover Center and Recovery Engagement Center and in our many residential facilities throughout the county.
 
Community Kitchen of Monroe County: "Community Kitchen provides free nutritious meals, nutrition education, referrals to other agencies, and a clean, comfortable social environment for patrons, staff and volunteers. Through daily operations and educational outreach, Community Kitchen works to educate the public about the extent of hunger in Monroe County, explain probable causes of hunger, and provide ways to respond to hunger needs.”
 
The Farm to Family Fund (formerly the Healthful Food for All Fund): "The Fund purchases fresh food at half price at the close of the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market each Saturday, December through April, and donates that food to The Rise, Community Kitchen of Monroe County and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.  We are all volunteer; so, more than 95% of the funds we raise go to purchasing food.  The 2 for 1 challenge grant we have from a private family foundation means every dollar from Positive Change will be matched with $2 up to $6000.
 
Foundation of MCCSC Food Assistance Fund: The Food Assistance plan has been established for donors who would like to help ensure all students receive a lunch.
 
Girls Inc.: Girls Inc.’s "Mind+Body” programs offer girls sustained exposure to gardening, nutrition, and cooking through the community gardens at Butler Park, and on-site at the center.
 
Growing Opportunities: "Growing Opportunities is a social business project of the South-Central Community Action Program. We are an urban hydroponic farm that provides job training opportunities for low-income people with barriers to employment, especially people with disabilities. We grow produce that is sold to local eateries, supermarkets, hospitals and schools. The revenue helps make the project sustainable and increases the availability of fresh, local produce year-round in our community.”
 
Hoosier Hills Food Bank: "Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides over three million pounds of food annually to nearly 100 other non-profits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.”
 
Interfaith Winter Shelter: The IWS operates as a "low barrier” shelter during the winter months. It offers a safe and warm place to sleep, as well as meals and snacks, for men and women who—for whatever reason— have no other alternative but the streets.
 
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: The Hub "exists to ensure that all people have access to healthy, whole foods and to provide opportunities to build self-reliance. Our programs include a client choice food pantry and free educational programs on nutrition and gardening.”
 
The Rooftop at Middle Way House: A garden atop a domestic violence shelter in Bloomington, IN, is providing a meaningful alternative to living with violence by promoting sustainable practices and healthy lifestyles. The Rise! at Middle Way House, transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence, also holds cooking classes for the children living there as well as a food pantry for all residents.
 
Shalom Community Center: "As a relief center for people experiencing hunger and homelessness, Shalom supports people in their greatest times of need.” Shalom provides breakfast and lunch every weekday, as well as emergency groceries.
 
Sycamore Land Trust: "Sycamore Land Trust protects and restores the beautiful natural heritage of southern Indiana. Our nature preserves offer opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education. As of January 2016, we have protected more than 90 properties totaling nearly 9,000 acres, and 607.43 of these acres are active farmland. "Family farms (the Capriole Farm, for example) are some of the most special land we can protect, because they are so important to Indiana's heritage as well as its future.”
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary: "Uplands PEAK's mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farmed animals, educate the public to the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability.
  
      
 
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