We are Community Strong
We know giving back feels good. That’s why, on behalf of our owners, we give hundreds of thousands in monetary, food and gift card donations each year. We want you to feel the love, too. Choose your own adventure below and reap the rewards of paying it forward or getting by with a little help from your friends.
The BriarPatch Difference
Want to make a difference in your community and get an awesome discount at your co-op, too? Become a volunteer! PatchWorks serves to create positive, meaningful and lasting impact in our community through participation and cooperation between BriarPatch, its owners and select nonprofit organizations.
Round Up At The Register.
We pool the generosity of shoppers who round up at the register to raise significant funds for a deserving nonprofit each month. In 2021, Round Up recipients were selected based on their work with groups that have been systemically and culturally oppressed in American history, particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color and the LGBTQ+ community.
Apples for Gardens.
We donate 10 cents for every pound of apples sold. Every month, a different school or nonprofit-run community garden is featured, and the money raised goes directly to help cover the costs of its garden educators and infrastructure. Want to grow your community garden? Let us know.
Sponsorships between BriarPatch and community nonprofits are an annual relationship in which funding is negotiated and mutually agreed upon for the calendar year. Interested organizations may submit a letter of interest which clearly outlines how funds will be used and how the organization aligns with BriarPatch’s Ends Policies.
Cooperative Community Fund.
The Co-op participates in the Cooperative Community Fund’s Give Where You Live Campaign. A limited number of grants are available every year. Applications for Cooperative Community Fund grants are accepted through September 30 and grantees will be selected and notified by the end of November.
BriarPatch Food Co-op is committed to supporting a better world. We do this by giving back to the nonprofit groups and organizations who are doing good work locally and beyond. Our Ends Policies provide the filter that helps us decide which organizations we donate to financially and in-kind each year.
All donation requests are competitive and given a careful and equitable review. To be considered, please submit a formal application at least 30 days in advance of the time when your request is needed. BriarPatch considers donations for general core operating support and more specific project and event support. Please, submit only one donation request per organization per calendar year.
For full donation guidelines, click here.
Owner Appreciation Month
February is Owner Appreciation Month! We’re showing our appreciation for YOU, our BriarPatch Owners and hope you enjoy your 10% discount on one shopping trip this month. Thanks for supporting your local co-op. Not yet an Owner? What are you waiting for?
We’ll be open 7 am – 7 pm on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th. The Deli will close at 6 pm so our staff can get home to friends and family. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!
We’ll be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, so our staff can spend time with loved ones. We wish you a wonderful holiday, and look forward to seeing you again on Dec. 26th during our regular business hours!
New Year’s Eve
We will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The Deli will close at 8 p.m. We wish you a joyous New Year!
New Year’s Day
We will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The Deli will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wishing you a beautiful New Year!
Following Our Principles
We exist to serve our owners and the communities where we live. Here are the 7 principles that we follow as a co-op that guide us in our giving back programs.
Concern for Community
We support the sustainable development of our communities. We respect animal habitats, human habitats and recognize our dependence
on the Earth.
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
We actively strengthen the cooperative economy locally, regionally, nationally and internationally by working together.
Education Training & Information
We provide education for our owners and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of our cooperative. We proactively inform and engage our community about issues that contribute to our Ends.
Autonomy & Independence
We are an autonomous, self-help organization governed by our owners. If we enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, we do so on terms that maintain our cooperative autonomy.
Member Economic Participation
Owners contribute equitably to the capital of our cooperative. A portion of that capital is the common property of the cooperative.
Owners usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of ownership. Owners are encouraged to patronize and invest in the co-op.
Democratic Member Control
We are a democratic organization governed by our owners. Elected representatives are accountable to the membership. All members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote).
Voluntary & Open Membership
We are a voluntary organization, safe and open to all people, without discrimination based on race, religion, age, social status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity.