The Co-op Gives Back
Even in tight years and economic decline, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op is working harder than ever to make sure we are doing what we can in our communities to help those in need.
The Co-op staff and member-owners support the good work of many charitable organizations in the communities we serve. Each month, the Co-op donates food and nonfood products to the needy in our area. Our Co-op baristas donated their tips of $4,460.05 to nonprofit community organizations. We are proud that the member-owners and staff of the Co-op are able to give so much to our community!
Plowshares is a non-profit organization that has been providing free hot meals and other services to the hungry and homeless since 1983 in Ukiah.
Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op makes daily donations to Plowshares as part of our outreach to the community.
Give Back to Schools Week
In 2014 ‘Give Back to Schools Week’ Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op was able to give back $14,602.00 to our local schools!
Harvest of the Month at Ukiah Unified School District
Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op has partnered up with Ukiah Unified School Districts “Harvest of the Month” nutritional education program for a monthly visit to three selected schools, grades 1-3 for a series of fun, lively lessons about the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Mary Anne Cox from the Marketing Department visits a total of eleven classes with an average of 250 students once a month. These classes engage the children through story, song, and presentation on the selected seasonal fruit or vegetable of the month. The lessons get kids excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables and teach them about nutrition. The produce is supplied through the Ukiah Unified Food Services Program in support of the “Harvest of the Month” efforts.
The Co-op provides the children with nutritional information to share at home with their families along with a list of our upcoming Co-op Kids Cooking classes. The Marketing Department hosts store tours for students throughout the year, and some of the “Harvest of the Month” students recall visiting the store in years past and look forward to their next store tour!
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Kids Cooking Classes with Redwood Health Club of Ukiah Summer Sports & Splash Camp
Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op in collaboration with the Redwood Health Club of Ukiah will be sponsoring Kids Cooking Classes at the Sports and Splash Camp during the months of June, July and August. The campers of RHC Sports and Splash Camp will be working with the UNF Marketing Team to prepare healthy, nutritious, fun, seasonal snacks. The cooking class will be held in the RHC clubhouse three Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am-10:30 am on June 24th, July 8th, July 29th, and on Tuesday August 12th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Ukiah Natural Foods, in collaboration with Patrona Restaurant and Lounge, donated all of the proceeds from the June 7th Cocktail Class to the Space Dance Scholarship Program. This program provides discounted rates on classes at Space for underserved children and families with economic hardships.