Success Story of a Little Food Co-op in Southwest New Mexico (The Silver City Food Co-op History) by
520 N. Bullard Street Silver City, N.M. 88061 575-388-2343 Open Mon thru Sat 9am- 7pm * Sun 11am - 5pm
The Silver City Food Co-op offers a community donation program called the Round Up
Program where customers can contribute the balance of their total purchase to the
nearest dollar and donate that amount to a local non-profit.
This type of donation program was started in 2011 by the Seward Community Food Co-op by
their cashiers, and has been so successful, that it is now in more than fifty Food Co-ops across
the country! Each month, the Silver City Food Co-op will have a poster above the cash registers
announcing the current non-profit recipient. There will also be information at each register about
the group, and each recipient will have brochures about their organization available at the front
of the Co-op. The recipient will also be available at least twice during the month in the Co-op to talk to member/owners and customers about their organization.
This simple, yet powerful, community giving program allows customers to "Round Up" their grocery bill for a recipient organization that shares our commitment to a healthy community. A calendar of rotating monthly recipients is established annually. One organization is selected for each month and all donations made during that month go to them. It is required that each organization applying for Round Up donations be a 501c3.
The Silver City Food Co-op is proud of our cashiers who make this program work so that we can
give back to our community. We are also very grateful to our members and customers who have been abundantly generous in their giving to our community. The Silver City Food Co-op follows the seven cooperative principles including Concern for Community and we strive to
connect in meaningful ways to our community.
Applications to become a recipient of Round-Up donations are accepted throughout the month of October.