National Co+op Grocers Donates $50,000 to Fair Food Network on Behalf of Food Co-ops

Dec 21, 2016

Iowa City, IA — National Co+op Grocers (NCG), on behalf of its 151 member and associate co-ops, announces a $50,000 donation to Fair Food Network to support growing its healthy food incentive program to retail food co-ops nationwide.

Fair Food Network (Fair Food) is a national nonprofit pioneering solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies and increase access to healthy food in underserved communities. “NCG is proud to contribute to Fair Food’s mission and efforts, honoring co-ops’ core value of social responsibility and upholding one of the seven cooperative principles, concern for community,” said Robynn Shrader, NCG’s Chief Executive Officer.

Fair Food Network is perhaps best known for developing Double Up Food Bucks, a healthy food incentive program that increases low-income shoppers’ ability to purchase fruits and vegetables while supporting local growers. Since the 2009 launch of Double Up in Michigan, SNAP shoppers have spent more than $8 million in combined Double Up and SNAP benefits on fresh food.

Today the Double Up model is being implemented in nearly 20 states. Fair Food provides technical support to retail food co-ops that wish to offer this innovative and proven program in their community. NCG’s contribution will help Fair Food strengthen this work.

To learn more about Fair Food, including how you can join NCG in combating food insecurity, visit www.fairfoodnetwork.org.

About NCG

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. Our 151 member and associate co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of nearly $2 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a Certified B Corporation. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop.

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