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Giving Back

Common Market’s Bring-a-Bag for Change Program encourages shoppers to reuse bags and reduce waste by providing a wooden nickel, worth 5¢, for each reusable bag used at checkout. Customers then choose a charity to donate that token to in our exit vestibule.  This program is a win-win—it keeps single-use bags out of the waste stream while giving back to deserving organizations in the community.

Each quarter, we select four non-profits to support through this Program. These non-profits represent the categories of Children & Families, Environment, Animals, and Community. Tokens are combined with 1% of sales from a chosen day, and a check is then mailed to each non-profit.


Since 2007, your co-op has…:
Saved 2,432,882 bags from the waste stream and donated $180,672 to local charities!
Just in 2017, collectively we raised $19,396! Take a look at the impact you made in your community:

 

July – September 2019
  • Frederick Mental Health Association – $1,298.94
  • Maryland Pesticide Education Network – $1,242.12
  • Tails of Hope – $1,357.98
  • Blessings in a Backpack – $1,303.28

April – June 2019
  • Heartly House – $1,203.36
  • Seed of Life Nurseries – $1,172.38
  • 4-H Therapeutic Riding – $1,174.12
  • Hospice of Frederick – 1,311.05

January – March 2019
  • Housing Authority of Frederick – $1,233.32
  • NCG Co+op Forest – $1,182.24
  • Animal Welfare League – $1,370.43
  • YMCA – $1,034.71

October – December 2018
  • Feed the Hungry Waterboyz & HITW CSA shares – $2,442.26
  • Future Harvest – $2,000.00
  • Animal’s Angels – $1,086.41
  • Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry – $1,118.10

Below are the recipients of the Bring-a-Bag donations that are currently being collected: