Since 1976 Bloomingfoods has endeavored to be a positive force in this community; working to meet the needs of local folks, 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!
In 2016, we introduced “Positive Change” as a community-driven fundraising campaign that offers shoppers the opportunity to round their purchase to the nearest dollar, or donate more if they wish. Bloomingfoods would like to extend our gratitude to the owner-members, shoppers, and staff who make Positive Change a success! It is so incredibly inspiring to see how small change can make such a big impact!
In 2016 the campaign raised a total of $58,688.73, for the following organizations:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington $4,689.32
Local Growers’ Guild $3,712.04
Community Kitchen of Monroe County $5,210.30
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard $5,323.49
Bloomington Community Orchard $4,033.46
Sycamore Land Trust $3,803.49
Shalom Community Center $4,224.63
Interfaith Winter Shelter $3,743.51
Bloomington Meals on Wheels $4,259.07
Hoosier Hills Food Bank $6,043.85
Farm to Family Fund $6,276.01
Middle Way House $7,342.63
The program’s success has generated an enormous amount of interest, and while we would love to be able to accommodate 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 should do one or more of the following:
- Feed the community
- Grow food, and/or provide gardening and nutrition education
- Support local growers
- Create community projects that focus on food
- Focus on the food system, and policies that shape our food system
The 2017 Positive Change recipient calendar:
$5,087.43 – January – 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.”
$5,705.43 – February – 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! The Club intends to use all Positive Change funds to benefit their Cooking & Gardening Programs!
$8,691.84 – March – 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.”
$8,696.31 – April – 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.”
May – 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.”
June – 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.”
July – 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. The Agency’s most current project is the Area 10 Garden, which is an extension of the home-delivered meal and food pantry programs. “We plant raised beds for accessibility, volunteer planning and nurturing through partnerships with the garden club and Edgewood Primary School students. The seasonal produce from the garden will augment our home deliveries and provide much needed organic, healthful options for our homebound citizens!”
August – Bloomington Community Orchard: “Bloomington Community Orchard is an organization devoted to growing fruit for the community and growing our orcharding skills through educational opportunities.”
September – 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.
October – Cooperative Community Fund
November – 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.”
December – 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.