In-Store Events

"Each One, Feed One" Food Drive Fills Shelves

The sixth annual “Each One, Feed One” Community Food Drive to benefit Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), held August 25-28, came within 110 pounds of setting a collection record. Shoppers at stores across Bloomington and Ellettsville donated 16,305 pounds of food, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. This was the largest amount collected since the first year of the event, which resulted in donations of 16,414 pounds.

Two hundred and nine volunteers donated 750 hours of their time over the weekend. Some volunteered for the first time, others signed up for their sixth year. Some spent hours in the sun talking to shoppers, some unloaded bag after bag of food at MCUM. One IU freshman spent her first Friday night in town collecting donations at Bloomingfoods. Others did not let their dependence on wheelchairs and walkers interfere with their commitment to collect food donations.

According to the volunteers, the response from shoppers at all participating stores was overwhelmingly positive. One volunteer reported that staff of the Marsh store on Kinser Pike delivered a cart overflowing with donations while the anonymous donor left through another door. Others were impressed by the active participation by Indiana University students. Some donors took the time to bring items from home to donate, including nutritional drinks and baby supplies that were no longer needed by their households.

The near-record setting collection from this year’s drive will help re-stock the shelves of MCUM’s Emergency Food Pantry and represents about 15% of the donations the pantry hopes to receive this year. During the first half of this year, MCUM handled 1,587 requests for basic needs assistance from households in financial crisis. Assistance may include food, clothing, hygiene products, and bus tickets. During this same period, enough food was distributed to make 21,312 meals. The 16,305 pounds collected last weekend – along with $2,210 donated by shoppers - will help keep the pantry running smoothly until the holiday season, a time of traditionally high donations.

Fall 2011 Truckload Sale

Martha with the Twins.Let’s suppose you are serious about cutting your food bill – and who wouldn’t be these days? The co-op can help in a dramatic way. Take advantage of our mid-October Truckload Sale, October 15 & 16, under the tents at Bloomingfoods East. The tent will be open on Saturday from 9am – 6pm. Sunday hours are 10am – 5pm. We have most products in large quantities, to encourage you to take an extra 10% discount when you purchase by the case. “It pays to come early,” says merchandising manager Mac McLaughlin, “as much as we try to gauge demand, when coveted items are gone, they’re gone.”

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MAD CAD Day is July 14, 2012

We’re celebrating local fare at all three Bloomingfoods stores on Saturday July 14 for our annual MAD CAD DAY 36th birthday celebration.

You'll find demos and special deals on local foods, prizes, giveaways, and discounts for everyone. We'll have deli specials indoors and on the grill, with many delicious things to eat.

We call it MAD CAD DAY, a special event to thank you all for supporting the co-op with your food, gift and “gotta eat” dollars. Everyone will receive a discount on purchases: 10% for member-owners, and 5% for all other guests.

Our focus is on products we recognize as part of our Principle 6 initiative: local, co-op or non-profit, small farmer or artisan foods. Come  meet some of the people who make these unique items.

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Spring Truckload Sale May 19 and 20

Join us on May 19 and 20 for our spring Truckload Sale. Open from 9am - 6pm on Saturday and 10am - 5pm on Sunday, the sale offers great deals so you can stock your pantry. Here is a sneak peek at a few of the items we will offer in the tent.

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World Food Day and the No Kid Hungry Campaign

Today, October 16, 2012, is World Food Day. In recognition of the need to end hunger, food co-ops and their partners are supporting the national nonprofit Share Our Strength to support that organization's No Kid Hungry campaign.

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops, including Bloomingfoods, has pledged to raise at least $100,000 for No Kid Hungry campaign. This amount represents contributions from member co-ops, consumers and partner brands, including Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine, Dr. Bronner's, Equal Exchange, Frontier, Nutiva, Once Again, Organic Valley and Shady Maple Farms.

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