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    March 07, 2019
    Through the Co-op’s Dime in Time Program, Local Residents Turn Reusable Bags and Cups into Financial Support for Local Organizations
    MOSCOW (March, 2019) – This past December to February, customers of The Moscow Food Co-op (121 East 5th St.) donated a total of $1,137.20 to Families Together and Homes of Hope with funds gathered by the Co-op’s Dime in Time program. Co-op customers also donated $428.50 to a third, permanent Dime in Time beneficiary — Co-op Community Fund — bringing the grand total of dollars donated to $1,565.70.
    Dime in Time is a community giving program that offers all customers of the Co-op a wooden dime for every reusable bag or cup they use. Customers donate that dime to the beneficiary of their choice. Each Co-op shopper is invited to bring multiple reusable bags and cups to increase their support. In the past three months, 15,657 disposables were diverted from the waste stream by Co-op shoppers using reusable bags and cups.
    Families Together is a local nonprofit organization that believes family involvement and support are essential for individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential and maintain a life that is secure and meaningful. The donation will be used to fund new programs, allowing Families Together to begin serving families caring for teens and older children with disabilities.
    Homes of Hope is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to equipping and supporting foster families and the children in their care. Homes of Hope serves Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Idaho, and Lewis Counties, the Nez Perce Tribe and Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties of Washington. Their mission is to recruit, train, support, and mentor foster, biological, and adoptive parents so they may provide a safe and nurturing home to at-risk children. The donation will be used to fund scholarships for children in care, giving them more access to Homes of Hope’s programming.­­­­­­
    The Co-op Community Fund, formerly known as Seed Sowers, is a program that harnesses the power of “interest income” to double the strength of each donated dollar. The Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation provides loan capital to co-ops around the country, and returns the interest to the Moscow Food Co-op each year. Beginning in 2020, we will return this “interest income” to local organizations in the form of grants. Read more about the Co-op Community Fund online at https://www.moscowfood.coop/coop-community-fund.
    The Dime in Time committee is made of Co-op volunteers who decide which local nonprofits will be the beneficiaries each quarter. Local organizations can apply to be a Dime in Time recipient online at https://www.moscowfood.coop/dime-in-time.
    The Moscow Food Co-op
    The Moscow Food Co-op was established in 1973, and for 45 years we have promoted our cooperative identity by providing healthy food and creating a healthier planet and a stronger, healthier community. We are guided by more than 7,700 owners, and welcome anyone to shop in our store. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members “believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others," and aim to be good stewards of the earth and each other. The Moscow Food Co-op is located at 121 East 5th St. in Moscow, Idaho, and is open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. We also have a satellite location on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow at 822 Elm Street. We are governed by a democratically elected nine-member Board. Both the Moscow Food Co-op’s past and future are rooted in cooperative values and principles as expressed through the International Cooperative Alliance.