Durham Coop Market Notes Successes as 2-Year Anniversary Approaches

Last week, The Bridge profiled Durham Coop Market’s Round-Up Program, which allows recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program to receive a 20% discount on their DCM purchases. The program has been a remarkable success both in terms of helping people with limited budgets buy high quality food, as well as engaging the coop community around a good cause.

By any measure this program has been a huge success, which perfectly fits the storyline with DCM. Organized in 2015, the coop has surpassed many of its early goals and is poised to further capitalize on its promise in the future. Continue reading

On Strength of Round-Up Program, Durham Co-op Market Increases SNAP Discount for Shoppers

Since opening in Spring 2015, Durham Co-op Market has committed itself to being a cooperative that reflects the Durham Community. As part of this commitment, DCM offered all Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) participants a 10% discount on purchases. Fast forward to today and this founding commitment is getting a boost from members in the form of a new program called Round Up. Continue reading

Coastal CU Receives Living Wage Certification from OCLW

In the wake of its announced minimum wage increase in early December, Coastal Credit Union took the additional step of having its Carrboro branch certified by Orange County Living Wage just before the New Year. The two-year certification by OCLW ensures that all employees make a minimum $12.75 per hour, which is the 2016 standard for employer certification.

A voluntary non-profit organization, OCLW focuses on promoting a living wage in Orange County, North Carolina. Through its voluntary employer certification program it certifies Orange County employers that pay their employees a living wage.

OCLW sets the living wage for Orange County by calculating housing costs in and around Orange County over a four year period. The hourly wage is set each year based on the idea that a person should pay no more than 30% of their budget on housing, which a widely-accepted standard. Continue reading

Weaver Street Holiday Campaign Nearing $30,000 to Fight Hunger

Weaver Street MarketWeaver Street Market announced this week that more than 53,000 shoppers at the Orange County cooperative had “rounded up” to fight hunger. The Round Up! Campaign is one of three hunger initiatives at Weaver Street during the holidays.

With a week to go in the month-long campaign, shoppers have donated a total of $28,674 by rounding up at the check-out line. The funds raised will be used to provide fresh winter produce to area food banks.

Click here to read more about the Round Up! campaign, and learn who benefits from the generosity of cooperative members. Round Up! concludes January 3, 2017.

(Update: Weaver Street shared that the total raised in the Round Up! effort has crossed $35,000!)

Weaver Street Continues Hunger Focus During Holiday Season

Weaver Street MarketEarlier this year, The Bridge profiled the tremendous efforts of PORCH in Orange County, the key role Weaver Street Market plays in PORCH’s success, and WSM’s overall approach to hunger relief in Orange County. Working in partnership with a network of non-profits and volunteer-driven organizations such as PORCH, their shared goal in these efforts is to eventually end hunger in Orange County. Continue reading