Circle of carrots
Community Outreach
Circle of carrots

Community Outreach

Community Giving

Community Donation Requests

Eastside Food Co-op reserves a portion of its annual budget to support organizations committed making our community a better place to live! This support is provided in the form of Co-op gift cards, generally in amounts that do not exceed $50, which can be used to purchase goods from the Co-op for event refreshments, door prizes or auction items. Occasionally we are able to fill requests for donated products or other items.

Local nonprofit organizations are invited to submit donation requests once per year. Download and complete a Community Donation Request form here. Return completed forms to the Customer Service desk or via email to at least 60 days in advance of the requested event date.


Our Seedlings program supports twelve nonprofits every year through donations made by our co-op community. Each month customers round up their purchases to the next whole dollar - or more! - and donate their reusable bag credits. We donate the total amount raised to nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with our store's mission.

Applications for our 2019 Seedlings program will be available July 1, 2018, and will be accepted through August 1, 2018. 

Co-op Explorers at Eastside Food Co-op

Kids ages 12 and under are invited to become an Eastside Food Co-op Explorer and be eligible to receive one free piece of fresh fruit per visit! To become a card-carrying Co-op Explorer, kids simply need to bring a parent or supervising adult to the customer service counter and ask to become a Co-op Explorer. Each child will be issued their very own super official Co-op Explorers card!

Then, once kids are signed up, here's how it works:

  1. Kids and parents stop by the customer service counter, where we keep the designated Co-op Explorers fresh fruit basket. Next to the fresh fruit basket, you'll find a smaller basket containing Co-op Explorers stickers. Take a sticker and put it on your child's shirt or jacket. Then, each child is eligible to take one piece of fresh fruit and enjoy eating it while you shop.
  2. What should you do with the banana peels and apple cores? They can be thrown away in the compost bin by the deli seating area. If you don't see it, just ask a staff person.
  3. When you check out, please remind the cashier that your child or children ate a free piece of fresh fruit as part of Co-op Explorers.

You can also sign up at the Northeast Farmers Market every Saturday!