Seward Co-op owners and customers are invited to select four SEED grant recipients from a list of 10 finalists reviewed by the staff-led grant committee. The four organizations with the highest vote totals will be added to Seward Co-op’s 2019 SEED recipient calendar. Our SEED program allows shoppers to round up their grocery bill; all donations go to recipient organizations, often totaling over $20,000. All 10 organizations on this list will receive a small grant through the Seward Community Fund, whether or not they are ultimately selected as a SEED recipient.Learn about the Community Choice finalists below. Vote for your organization of choice through Oct. 10.
Community Choice Finalists
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL)
CTUL organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and educate one another to build power and lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces. CTUL is an organization of workers and for workers, committed to securing fair working conditions for present and future generations.
Hmong American Farmers Association
The Hmong American Farmers Association supports Hmong farmers in creating profitable, sustainable agricultural businesses. SEED donations help provide healthy, fresh produce to more than 70,000 schoolchildren and tens of thousands of other neighbors in the Twin Cities region.
Mental Health Resources
Funding will support Mental Health Resources’ Seward Community Support (“CSP”) drop-in center on Minnehaha Ave. The CSP provides healthy snacks, meals, and health mentoring for 400 neighbors who are recovering from serious mental illness so they can thrive physically and mentally.
Open Arms of Minnesota
Open Arms cooks and delivers free meals tailored to meet the nutritional needs of individuals living with life-threatening illnesses. We also serve the children and caretakers of those living with illness, free of charge.
Plant Grow Share (CANDO)
Plant Grow Share, a project of Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, aims to teach gardening to our community. The funding we receive will be used to purchase our own lot to continue to grow.
Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership (SLRJP)
SLRJP works with youth who have broken the law to help them learn from their mistakes and make amends through a restorative justice process. Funding will expand our ability to offer culturally-specific restorative conferences.
Sexual Violence Center
Sexual Violence Center, a nonprofit rape crisis center in Minneapolis, provides free support services to individuals impacted by sexual violence in Hennepin, Scott, and Carver counties. Funds from this program would help us build a gender-neutral bathroom in our office.
Urban Strategies, Inc./Green Garden Bakery
Green Garden Bakery youth grow vegetables in our urban garden, bake them into healthy vegetable-based desserts (vegan, gluten free), and market them using sustainable practices. We sell the desserts for “pay-what-you-want” and donate our proceeds back into our community.
WE WIN Institute, Inc.
When we all get to play, WE WIN! That’s what support for WE WIN Institute programming means; providing equal access to healthy meals, positive youth engagement, and urban gardening for Minneapolis youth of color ages 5-18.
YouthLink supports and empowers young people experiencing homelessness while utilizing a whole-person approach to integrated wellness.
2019 SEED Recipients
We’re proud that selection for our 12 yearly SEED recipients is led entirely by co-op staff, with a majority of cashiers serving on the committee. This year, the staff committee has selected eight of the 12 recipients for 2019, leaving one Community Choice recipient per quarter. The eight SEED recipients already selected are listed here:
Appetite For Change
Appetite For Change advocates for food justice and economic development in North Minneapolis, with SEED funds supporting our Youth Training and Opportunity Program and our policy and advocacy work through Northside Fresh Coalition.
Cultural Wellness Center
The Dreamland Co-Café, a project of the Cultural Wellness Center, will create a blend of Culinary Heritage, self-love, and business incubation for African American food entrepreneurs in a cooperative and supportive environment that will allow us to reconnect, rediscover and reinvent the culinary traditions of our past.
Dream of Wild Health
Dream of Wild Health is a Native American led nonprofit farm that provides leadership programs for Native youth. Dream of Wild Health grows indigenous seeds and foods, and supports Native youth in advocating for a healthy community.
Isuroon is dedicated to building Somali women and girls social connectedness and self-sufficiency so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives in Minnesota and globally. SEED funding will be used in support of a culturally-specific food shelf that provides support for social connectedness, dignified service and healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to any person in need.
Sabathani Community Center
Sabathani provides food, clothing and housing to 26,000 neighborhood residents each year in South Minneapolis. We feed the chronically poor, those on disability or chemical dependent individuals and families. Sabathani Community Center has been providing basic needs services for nearly fifty years.
Soup for You Café
Soup for You provides free, healthy, organic meals to all members of our community, Monday through Friday from 11-1. We build community one bowl at a time.
Southside Services, Inc.
Southside Services supports adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to become increasingly active, contributing members of their community.
Village Financial Cooperative
Village is establishing a loan fund to disrupt the predatory financial market; establishing a Black-led credit union, filling the void of accessible and affordable banking; and providing cooperative development for emerging co-ops in North Minneapolis.