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Grassroots Grocery Charitable Policy

 

A) Policies that we can offer from the start:

These policies are designed to make natural, wholesome foods more affordable to the community, which is an economically depressed or blighted area.

1) “Friends of Grassroots Grocery” is a complimentary membership program to low-income households, to serve as relief to the poor, by offering a discount of 10% off all products.

Qualifications:

a) Households on public assistance – proof of one of the following: SNAP, WIC, Medicare/Medicaid, Free Lunch program, currently receiving unemployment benefits

b) Low income households up to 125% of the IL poverty level, proof by way of: tax statement, pay stub, etc. (threshold for a family of 4 is earning less than $29,812.50)

c) Residents of low-income senior assisted living facilities

2) We will offer the opportunity for low-income individuals (between 125%-200% of the poverty level) to become working members in order to earn their membership by volunteering one hour per month at the store (the threshold for a family of 4 is earning less than $47,700.00).

3) Enact an “affordability program” to offer a very low mark-up on selected items that would be considered staples in many people’s diets. These “co-op basics” will be marked on the shelf with a special tag next to the price. We will strive for a “zero-waste” policy by transferring items to a discounted clearance section toward the end of their shelf life; ultimately donating items to local food pantries.

4) We will offer health & wellness educational sessions at no charge to low-income clientele, as well as programming to engage the youth of the neighborhood with the aim to eliminate prejudice and delinquency.

5) We provide assistance for entrepreneurs currently classified as low-income who would like to start a business to supply products for the store. Such created jobs will in effect lessen neighborhood tensions related to unemployment and under-employment.

6) We will give a free piece of fruit for kids each day.

B) Possibilities for the future if funding is attained:

1. We will double the benefit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars spent on produce.

2. Partnering with other local non-profit organizations who already serve low-income clientele, such as Crisis Food Center and Salvation Army, providing $10 grocery gift cards to the organizations so that they could give them to people who qualify for their programs. These agencies already handle the screening of need and this would form partnerships with other local non-profits.