As part of City Market’s 2016 Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant recipients, it offered over $56,000 in grant funding to local food projects at a recent Grant Celebration, which also launched the 2017 Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant process. City Market sent over $656,000 in Patronage Refunds to more than 11,450 Members in November 2016. As part of the Patronage Refund process, the Co-op offers Members the opportunity to donate their checks to strengthen Vermont’s food system. Members who receive Patronage Refunds support these donations by choosing not to cash their checks within the required 90 day time period. This year, uncashed Patronage Refund checks from Members are funding 8 local food projects from community organizations doing amazing work in Vermont.
The Co-op set a minimum of $40,000 in total grants when the projects were chosen in September 2016, and the uncashed Patronage Check total was $56,063.20, so these organizations will be getting a larger infusion of cash to strengthen the local food system.