Donation Programs


Green Patches
The Green Patch program encourages shoppers to reduce waste and reuse canvas, cloth, or other durable shopping bags—and supports two “green groups” chosen by member vote each year. Every time a shopper uses their own cloth or canvas grocery bag, they receive a Green Patch worth five cents. By shoppers donating their Green Patches, the co-op generates an average of $2,000 to $4,000 for local environmental nonprofits each year.

We are currently accepting nominations for our 2015 Green Patch organizations. All you need to do to nominate your favorite environmental organization is fill out the Green Patch application and drop it our at the customer service desk. The 2015 Green Patch organizations will be chosen by member vote at our Annual Meeting, in October.

Kids Learning about Food and Farming

Linden Hills Co-op was founded by people who wanted to give back to their community, and we are pleased to continue that tradition. We are a contributing co-op to the Midwest Food Connection, a program that provides free lessons about food and agriculture to elementary students in schools around the Twin Cities.

Our Food Shelf Partner
We contribute 15 to 20 thousand pounds of food and dollars to Joyce Emergency Food Shelf every year, through donations from shoppers and periodic fundraising events. Joyce Food Shelf is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis at 3041 Fremont Avenue South; for food shelf hours and information, call 612-825-4431.

Community Contributions Fund
We also offer modest donations to local nonprofit organizations through our Community Contributions Fund. Organizations may request a donation voucher, which can be used to purchase goods from the co-op, or gift cards, which may be used as door prizes or silent auction items. Download a PDF copy of our application form and program requirements if you’d like to learn more about the program and submit an application.