If you shopped at the North Coast Co-op during the holidays, chances are you contributed to their Share the Spirit campaign to raise funds for Food for People. This year’s efforts raised $27,173.17 - more funds than ever before! For this fundraising campaign, cashiers at the Arcata and Eureka stores held a friendly competition to see how much money they could raise for Food for People. They asked customers to round-off their purchases or add a little bit extra to their grocery total to donate to the food bank. In addition to the amount donated at the registers, the North Coast Co-op matched their customer donations up to $5,000.
In the end Arcata finished with $11,600.68 and Eureka finished with $10,572.49, for a total of $22,173.17! With the additional $5,000 matched by the North Coast Co-op, all told they were able to donate an incredible $27,173.17 to Food for People! Special mention must be made of some of the exemplary staff members who went above and beyond to raise funds. In Arcata, Kimmy Misiasz raised $4,282.09, Emily Rood raised $2,660.71, Janet Prentiss raised $854.39, and Diane Mollring raised $729.45 (working only 24 hours per week)! In Eureka, Ree Stevens raised $3,275.24, Joel Grosh raised $2,196.13, and Margaux Chelemengos raised $1,683.04. Special recognition also goes to Amber Gillespie, who moved out of the area during the first week of December, and managed to raise $1,753.76 during the first two weeks alone. Carrie Newman, Assistant Store Manager, also went the extra mile to create a chart to track donations and make the competition fun.
This money was donated to Food for People in support of our programs, which are working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of our community through access to healthy and nutritious foods, community education and advocacy. The success of this fundraising effort is a great example of an involved and generous community and local business getting into the spirit of sharing.
Food for People’s staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers extend their sincere thanks to all the Co-op employees and shoppers who made this year’s Share the Spirit campaign such an enormous success!
Pictured: North Coast Co-op cashiers present checks to Food for People for $27,173.17. Left Photo: Left to right - Co-op cashiers Emily Rood, Kimmy Misiasz, & Janet Prentiss with Food for People's Executive Director Anne Holcomb at the North Coast Co-op, Arcata. Right Photo: Left to right - Co-op cashiers Joel Grosh & Ree Stevens with Food for People's Development Director Carly Robbins & Executive Director Anne Holcomb at the North Coast Co-op, Eureka.