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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:


January – March 2020
  • Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership -$1,509.85
  • Future Harvest -$1,456.75
  • Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter -$1,899.60
  • Daybreak Adult Day Services -$1,318.30

October – December 2019
  • Red Wiggler Community Farm – $2,108.57
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership – $2,247.84
  • Woman to Woman Mentoring – $2,196.63
  • Frederick Friends of our County Animal Shelter – $2,587.88

July – September 2019
  • Frederick Mental Health Association – $1,242.12
  • Maryland Pesticide Education Network – $1,298.94
  • 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

We have temporarily paused our Bring-A-Bag donation program but are still committed to giving back to our community!

This quarter, Common Market is donating non-perishable goods to the Frederick Health Hospital Staff to support their tireless work keeping us safe and healthy!