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Wheatsville Food Co-op more than doubles community donations in two years

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
Representatives from local nonprofits gathered at Wheatsville Food Co-op in South Austin for an event last month to mark the largest community donation total since the Austin-based grocery collective started collecting donations in 2002. [Contributed]

Last year, Wheatsville Food Co-op donated more than $181,000 to local nonprofits.

That's $100,000 more than the cooperatively owned grocer donated just two years earlier.

Since 2002, Wheatsville Food Co-op has donated a portion of sales and has collected additional donations at the cash register to benefit local nonprofits, but in the past two years, those Community Action Fund donations have increased significantly.

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In 2016, the store donated $81,090 to local organizations, and in 2017, that number jumped to $155,185. In 2018, the store gave away $181,393 to about a dozen local groups, including the Sustainable Food Center, SAFE Alliance, People’s Community Clinic, Urban Roots, Austin Pets Alive, Caritas of Austin and Hospice Austin.

At a ceremony last month, the organization honored each of last year's organizations and announced this year's recipients. Each month, the stores rally around a different nonprofit, which this year include Austin Parks Foundation, Workers Defense Project, Meals on Wheels and the Central Texas Food Bank.