Austin’s only food co-op raises big bucks for local nonprofits

Wheatsville Food Co-op might be small, but it’s mighty.

Wheatsville donated more than $155,000 to local nonprofits last year, including $11,427 to Caritas of Austin. Contributed by Wheatsville Food Co-op.

The first food co-op in Texas has two stores — the original location just north of UT and another newer store on South Lamar — and from those two stores, customers helped raise more than $155,000 to donate to local organizations last year.

Every month, the grocery store’s co-op members pick a nonprofit to support through its Community Action program, and those donations totaled more than $140,000. That included at least $21,000 in September after Hurricane Harvey.

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Other organizations that have received support from Wheatsville, its co-op members and shoppers in 2017 include American Honey Bee Protection, People’s Community Clinic, SAFE, Urban Roots, Austin Pets Alive!, Worker’s Defense Project, Hospice Austin, Central Texas Food Bank, Caritas of Austin and Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

At 11 a.m. on January 16, the South Lamar location will host an event that is open to the public to honor the organizations they supported last year and the groups slated to receive a little extra money this year.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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