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