Community Food Co-op of Utah Creates Easy Way to Give Back to the Community

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“Donation Shares” deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to Crossroads Urban Center’s Emergency Food Pantry

A Community Food Co-op Produce Share, ready to be picked up at a distribution site

”People can make a real impact in the lives of people in the community easily and with as little as $10.00,”said Glenn Bailey, director of Crossroads Urban Center.

The Community Food Co-op, a Utah non-profit agency, has added a “Donation Share” to its monthly offering and at its Market Sales. Priced at just $10.00 each, the Donation Share allows Co-op members and patrons to donate fresh fruits and vegetables to Crossroads Urban Center’s Emergency Food Pantry easily and conveniently.

The Donation Share is modeled after the popular “Produce Share” which is a regular feature in the Co-op’s monthly program. Produce Shares deliver a large variety of fresh, quality fruits and vegetables to patrons for $10.00. A Produce Share always contains at least 5 varieties of fresh vegetables and 3 varieties of fresh fruit. For example, in November, people who ordered the Produce Share will receive: local apples, D’Anjou pears, navel oranges, avocadoes, local mushrooms, red leaf lettuce, asparagus, carrots and celery. Donation Shares will create a steady source of fresh produce for Crossroad’s Urban Center’s emergency food pantry. Having fresh produce, as well as dry and canned goods will greatly augment the diet of the people in the community that the pantry serves. Donors can order Donation Shares online at [ __title__ Community Food Co-op Order Page]. There’s no limit to the number of Donation Shares patrons can order.

Patrons can also purchase Donation Shares at the Co-op’s weekly Market Sale, which is held every Monday, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the organization’s warehouse, 1726 S. 700 W. in Salt Lake City. The Market Sale is a open to the public and is an indoor, year-round sale that offers local food and fresh meat, produce and other staples at significant savings.

“The Co-op is able to offer great food values to our members and patrons by combining the buying power of everyone who orders,” said George Neckel, director of the Community Food Co-op. “We will take this same buying power and put it to work for the disadvantaged in the community with the Donation Share.”

Crossroads Urban Center delivers emergency food boxes and other goods and services to more than 75,000 people annually. Emergency food boxes contain enough food for 3 days. Crossroads provides a number of other services for the disadvantaged in the community.

“The Donation Share is a great way for people to give back to the community,” said Glenn Bailey, director of Crossroads Urban Center. “People can make a real impact in the lives of people in the community easily and with as little as $10.00.”

To order from the Co-op’s monthly program, patrons order by the first Friday of the month online, via telephone, mail or in-person. Donation Shares will be delivered directly to Crossroads Urban Center. For everything else they order, patrons pick up the food on a Saturday morning later in the month at the distribution site of their choice. There are no limits to the orders, no monthly commitment and no limits to the number of people who can pick up at a distribution site. The Co-op accepts credit/debit cards online; debit/credit cards, checks and food stamps by mail; and cash, if paying in person at the organization’s office.

There is no cost to become a member, but people are encouraged to donate at least $5.00 for their lifetime contribution when they become members. Members are encouraged to contribute 2 hours per month volunteering in the community and 2 hours per year volunteering with the Co-op.

There are pick-up locations all over the Utah, Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Summit and Tooele counties. Utahns who don’t have convenient access to a team distribution site are encouraged to contact the Co-op about starting a new one in their area.

The Co-op also holds a year-round Market Sale every Monday, indoors at its warehouse. The warehouse is located at 1726 S. 700 W., Salt Lake City, UT. Market Sales and participation in the monthly program are open to the public.

About the Community Food Co-op
The Community Food Co-op of Utah is a non-profit agency that combines the buying power of its members and participants to provide high quality food at significantly discounted prices. Most of the food offered for sale is from local food producers and all of the food is of the highest quality and freshness. The Community Food Co-op is a project of Crossroads Urban Center. Any proceeds go back to Crossroads for their non-profit programs aimed at helping the disadvantaged in the region. For more information on the Co-op, market sales or how to get involved visit or call (801) 746-7878.

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