Community Partners

Do you know of a fantastic local organization that is doing great work and promoting cooperative community?  Tell us about them!

Each year, Central Co-op chooses several Central Community Partners, and through financial contributions and outreach, we work together to sustain, nourish, and empower healthy communities in and around Seattle and Tacoma.  If you know of or are part of an organization that shares our values of impacting the community in the following ways, nominate or encourage them to apply to be one of our Central Community Partners.

  • Serve Seattle and/or Tacoma's communities.
  • Provide access to healthy food.
  • Empower marginalized community members.
  • Promote food sovereignty, food security and food justice.
  • Promote access to land for holistic urban agriculture.
  • Operate sustainably and promote ecological sustainability.
  • Promote environmental justice, public health, and affordable housing.

Preference is given to neighbors, co-ops, and nonprofits.

If selected, Central Co-op provides up to $3,000 toward Partner programs and events, and we actively promote our Partners to our owners. Partners may use the Co-op community bulletin board to promote events and may provide materials and do outreach tabling at Co-op events. Partners receive preferential access to the Rochdale Room, the Co-op’s meeting and community space, for meetings and events.

Partnership is a two-way relationship! Partners connect to the Co-op online, share key Co-op information with their networks and provide opportunity for Central Co-op to do outreach at Partner events when appropriate.

 

Our 2020 Community Partners

Community Lunch on Capitol Hill:  Community Lunch on Capitol Hill provides over 50,000 hot meals a year to those experiencing homelessness and poverty. In addition, we provide warm clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, toiletries and access to the mobile medical and dental vans. We provide these essential services in a warm and welcoming environment with no sign-in, no questions and no judgement. 


 

 

FEEST: FEEST (pictured above) is an organization led by youth of color in South Seattle and South King County working to improve health in our schools. Focusing on the need for more healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food at school, FEEST centers young people as leaders toward concrete changes in our food systems. At the foundation of our work are youth-led dinners where students gather around food, celebrate and share culture, and build community with peers. Breaking bread together builds lasting connections that become a foundation for long-term organizing. Rooted in radical joy, we are building power toward policy changes that increase food access for all students.

 

Harvest Pierce County: Harvest Pierce County supports urban agriculture and access to fresh food through gardening, gleaning and educating Pierce County about their food and food systems.  Our Farm Foundations program, Gleaning project, and Community Gardens produce bountiful harvests of locally grown food.  Besides growing and harvesting food for their own tables, participants gain a greater sense of community and connect with their local food system and the environment that supports us all. We strive to ensure our programming is accessible to everyone.

 

L’Honey:  L’Honey is an adventure in beekeeping enterprise that produces quality hive products in a sustainable manner and contributes to the quality of life for adults with disabilities. We believe in the universal kinship of all creatures, relationships of mutual benefit, intrinsic value and the guidance of a loving, life giving God. This project is a partnership between St. Leo’s Catholic Church and L’Arche Farm & Garden, a part of L’Arche Tahoma Hope. Our L’Honey program is inherently collaborative program that seeks to educate our community on our interdependence on natural systems that support the human food web and eco-systems which provide quality of life for all.