Coming together for our communities

While concern for community is a principle we follow all year, communities come together more around the holidays then other times of year. This is for many reasons including that while we focus on large meals we have to remember to care for those who are less fortunate.
This year, as in years past, the Co-op has donated turkeys to the Yolo Food Bank as part of their Thanksgiving Meal Distribution. They feed over 2,000 families in Yolo County, about 200 in Davis alone. We are also collecting donations for the Food Bank at the registers this month, so remember to Round Up after each transaction.
After the fires started, we also began collecting donations for the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. These donations can be made at the registers and benefit the North Valley Community Foundation. We chose this organization at the recommendation of the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. This organization will also be our December Round Up recipient.
We have had some owners wondering if we will be holding a drive for needed items at the Co-op and at the moment we do not plan on this as many shelters are overwhelmed by donated items and monetary donations are more helpful. However our store, along with Briar Patch Co-op and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, did donate products that the shelters had requested specifically through the Chico Co-op. Part of our Marketing Team drove these items up to Chico last week for distribution. We have been so impressed with all the work the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative has been doing for their community since this horrific fire began. They have been not only a drop off location for products from other Co-ops and distributors, but they have also been offering free hot soup, coffee and water to anyone who needs it in the front of their store.
If you are looking for ways to donate products you may have collected for fire victims, we are collecting individual sized toiletries for Fourth & Hope at the store. This Woodland homeless shelter has just expanded their day service from one day a week to five, a change that increases their need for toiletry items as well as razors, toothbrushes and feminine hygiene products. Please bring any items you may have to the Co-op, the donation box is located in the front of the store by the registers.
Another way to help in our community this month is through S.T.E.A.C. (Short Term Emergency Aide Committee). Their holiday adoption program has about 100 families and individuals still in need of adopters.Click here for more info.
And of course, you can volunteer at (or simply attend) the 33rd Annual Holiday Meal. This free, festive dinner is open to everyone! In partnership with the City of Davis and the University Retirement Community of Davis, we serve a free and complete, traditional dinner (with vegan and gluten-free options) to all comers. Donations of desserts are welcome. Volunteer sign-ups begin the Monday after Thanksgiving at the Co-op or online.