April 17, 2011 - Oryana Announces 2010 Community Grant Recipients
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH., APRIL 17, 2011—Oryana Natural Foods Market, a member-owned cooperative, announced today that TART Trails and the Fresh Food Partnership are the recipient organizations of the third annual Oryana Community Grant. The announcement was made at Thursday’s Oryana General Membership Meeting.
Every profitable year, Oryana donates up to 10 percent of all end-of-year proceeds (pre-tax) to a local non-profit organization. TART and Fresh Food Partnership, both based in Traverse City, will equally divide the $5,500 donation.
Oryana members determined the Community Grant recipients by voting (one member, one vote) via a ballot box in the store. The two winners—who garnered an equal number of votes—were among 23 local applicants.
“Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities,” said General Manager Steve Nance. “Our members have spoken and we are collectively thrilled to support TART Trails and the Fresh Food Partnership in the good work they do throughout northern Michigan.”
About the Recipients
The Fresh Food Partnership provides locally grown, healthy and fresh food to people in need through the food pantries, shelters and community meals programs in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. The organization also supports local agriculture by purchasing fresh produce from area farms at fair market prices.
Fresh Food Partnership plans to use the funds from Oryana to meet the incredible and growing need in our community, not only by helping alleviate hunger, but also by helping people get the fresh foods they require for good nutrition and supporting local agriculture.
TART is a non-profit organization that builds trails, advocates for active living and outdoor recreation. Their work includes negotiating easements, hosting annual events that promote healthy lifestyles, and defending cyclist and pedestrian interests.
TART intends to use the money from the grant to support the Don Cunkle Recycle a Bicycle program. In four years, this program has had a profound impact on the lives of several hundred economically disadvantaged people in our community. The funds are needed to secure a location to store used bicycles awaiting repair and provide a suitable workspace. Funds will also go toward the purchase of tools, replacement bicycle parts, bike locks, cables and helmets.
Founded in 1973, Oryana Natural Foods Market is the oldest food cooperative in northern Michigan and Michigan’s first Certified Organic Retailer. The co-op offers high quality food produced in ecologically sound ways at fair value to member-owners and the community at large. Local, Fair Trade and organic foods are emphasized. Today, Oryana generates $10 million sales annually from its 8,800-square-foot facility located in Traverse City.
To learn more about Oryana Natural Food Market, visit www.oryana.coop, call (231) 947-0191 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.