Bloomingfoods Positive Change

Since 1976 Bloomingfoods has endeavored to be a positive force in this community; working to meet the needs of local folks, support local food, and build a healthy local economy. We believe that community-based organizations are vital to the health and wellness of this community, and we want to help them succeed!
 
The Positive Change program is a community-driven fundraising campaign that offers shoppers the opportunity to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar, or donate more if they wish. Since its rollout in January 2016, shoppers have raised an incredible $295,000 for local organizations.
 
This year, we opened up the ballot to include a more diverse array of local nonprofits. In order to qualify for a spot on the ballot, organizations were required to:
  • have 501(c)(3) non-profit status
  • Be non-sectarian
  • Be non-partisan
  • Be local and provide services locally
  • Submit an application for 2020 by July 31, 2019.
We give favor to organizations that are Bloomington- or Monroe County-based and support the Bloomington community. Broad areas of support include local, organic and sustainable food  efforts, farmland preservation, the environment, and programs that support the education, health, and well-being of the people in our community.
 
In 2020, along with providing monetary support through our register roundup program, Bloomingfoods will endeavor to provide further support to chosen organizations through our staff and owner-members. Our support will include:
  • Collecting cash donations at the registers for a period of one month
  • Collecting donations of needed items that we may sell here at Bloomingfods such as pantry items or pet food
  • Awareness/outreach: we will have signs, announcements, tabling opportunities, social media mentions, articles in our newsletter, and emails about your non-profit
  • Encouraging our owner-members to volunteer with the featured organizations and/or providing information about volunteer opportunities. 

AREA 10 AGENCY ON AGING*
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Area 10 provides critical services to support older adults in Monroe and Owen counties to continue living in their home. One focus is nutrition - through our daily home delivered meals and monthly Mobile Food Pantry, taking needed groceries to home-bound individuals. We pair fresh produce from our new raised garden bed with needed, balanced food items and supply pet food to those important companion animals!

BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR GLOBAL CHILDREN
EDUCATION
BCGC is an early childhood education center, nurturing minds and bodies of children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. We strive to provide a multilingual and nurturing early education environment for young children that supports their physical and social emotional development, while encouraging them to care for themselves, their community, and their planet. The funds will provide materials to support our mission and allow us to increase staff wages towards a living wage.

BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHARD*
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
We encourage food sovereignty by providing free, accessible, organic food options at our site as well as assistance in and education on how to create similar spaces throughout one's community.  We will use the funds towards tools and supplies that will help maintain our current site and ensure it's deliverability to community members, along with bringing in professionals that can provide education workshops to help build the skills and knowledge needed to continue our mission of sharing an orchard community.
 
BLOOMINGTON FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
The Bloomington Food Policy Council seeks to create an equitable, local, regenerative and nourishing food system for our community.  Funds will be used to influence public policy, producer sustainability, consumer buying patterns and institutional purchasing to foster a vibrant local food economy.  Policy at all levels will be influenced to promote food sovereignty and a thriving food and farming sector in Bloomington and Monroe County.
 
BLOOMINGTON MEALS ON WHEELS*
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Bloomington Meals on Wheels helps to feed those who cannot cook for themselves due to illness, injury or disability.  We deliver 2 nutritious, medically-tailored meals Monday through Friday to help clients maintain their health and remain in their homes. Funds raised will be used to help pay for meals for our low income clients, who cannot afford the daily fee ($7) and/or do not qualify for home delivered meal waivers from Medicaid. (this represents about  20% of our current clients)
 
BLOOMINGTON PRIDE LTD
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, LGBTQ PUBLIC AWARENESS
Bloomington PRIDE serves the LGBTQ+ communities of Bloomington and South Central Indiana through advocacy, outreach, education, safe-space programs, and cultural events. Funds will be used to strengthen PRIDE's outreach particularly to rural communities surrounding Bloomington who do not have immediate access to in-town resources and to improve the depth and breadth of programming to not only further educate LGBTQ+ people about issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, transgender health, fair housing, homelessness and HIV/AIDS awareness, but also allies eager to be more supportive of the LGBTQ+ community at large.

BLOOMINGTON URBAN WOODLANDS PROJECT
ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION
BUWP works to restore healthy urban forests and reconnect people with nature. Funds will be used to propagate butterfly- and bird-friendly native plants that volunteers of all ages will help to plant in local woodlands, and for development and production of engaging brochures and posters that help people to appreciate and promote native biodiversity in their own yards.

BUSKIRK-CHUMLEY THEATER
EDUCATION, COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater acts a community resource, inviting everyone to gather their friends, family, and followers together for all kinds of art, education, and entertainment. Over seventy (70) organizations present film, theatre, dance, lecture, and music, welcoming 60,000 visitors every year in this iconic, historic landmark in the heart of downtown Bloomington.

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
Inspired and passionate Bloomingtonians collaborate at the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) to share how we can care for our Earth and live well, together. For over 20 years, the CSL has facilitated and stewarded the development of over 15 ongoing community-based, self-organized, and sustainability-oriented Projects including SIREN, the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market, and the Community Bicycle Project. We promote access to healthy food and healthy living for all people; we facilitate skills and knowledge sharing through public workshops; we maintain community centers that welcome everyone; we participate in the development of a local solidarity economy; and we strongly believe in building inclusive, sustainable, and resilient networks of mutual support that can help us fight climate change and build resilience, as a community.
 
COMMUNITY JUSTICE AND MEDIATION CENTER
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
CJAM strives to create an inclusive community that is engaged, civil, and just.  We do this by mobilizing an energetic and dedicated corps of highly trained volunteer mediators who deliver conflict intervention and prevention services to over 400 individuals each year. Funds will be used to expand our peacekeeping services to underserved communities, expand educational opportunities, support training/program scholarships, and fund program activities and materials
 
COMMUNITY KITCHEN OF MONROE COUNTY, INC*
FOOD ACCESS
Community Kitchen provides free meals to anyone in need, no questions asked. In addition, we have outreach programs to reach the most vulnerable populations (children, seniors, the chronically ill) where they are.Funds will be used to support Community Kitchen hunger relief programs. we provide over 300,000 meals and snacks in the community each year. 66% of those we serve are children, 13% are seniors and 10% have experienced homelessness in the previous 6 months.

COURAGE TO CHANGE SOBER LIVING
PUBLIC HEALTH
Courage to Change Sober Living provides low barrier, safe and sober housing for those affected by substance use disorders.  Funds will be used to expand our Fresh Start Rent Scholarship
fund.  Our residents come to us from prison or jail and lack resources to pay their rent or
utilities. This fund helps them make that fresh start and gives them time to find employment
and get stable in their recovery without worrying about becoming homeless because of lack of housing options.

FARM TO FAMILY FUND, INC*
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH
Farm to Family Fund is an all-volunteer organization.  Over 90% of our funds go to purchasing local, sustainably grown food at half price to donate to local 501(c)3 organizations that serve those who are food insecure in our community.

FOUNDATION OF MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS*
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION
The Foundation accepts donations for MCCSC's Food Assistance Program.  The program
ensures that all students are provided a regular school lunch when there is a negative balance
in the student's lunch account.  Last school year more than 1,800 students benefited from this program.
 
FRIENDS OF THE MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, LITERACY
Friends of the Monroe County Public Library is comprised of members of the community just
like you - people who value the Library and its many varied services. As a nonprofit
organization, we collect and administer the grants, gifts, bequests, and other monies outside of local tax receipts that sponsor award-winning Library programs for all ages, from early and
adult literacy initiatives through Story Walks, homework help, public health education, and more. Your support provides free and equitable access to information and promotes reading
and lifelong learning for all!
 
GIRLS INC OF MONROE COUNTY
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
Girls Inc. girls are shown that they have value and the control over their future. We provide recreational and educational opportunities to inspire girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Funds from the Positive Change grant will be used for after school snacks and nutrition education.

GROWING OPPORTUNITIES
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION
Growing Opportunities is a social business enterprise that provides job training to individuals with barriers to employment. Stone Belt clients receive job training in a class room setting and in the greenhouse. All produce is sold locally to help continue to fund our program; excess produce is donated to local food pantries.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF MONROE COUNTY
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, HOUSING ACCESS
Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building safe, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Proceeds from Positive Change will be used to continue our mission of alleviating poverty, as it will help ensure that building costs for our new home construction in Monroe County remains low. This translates to lower housing costs for our partner families, which in turn promotes the financial ability of families to participate in the local economy and purchase healthy food options.

HARMONY SCHOOL
EDUCATION
Harmony is dedicated to the development of the whole student: we teach critical thinking and academic skills, nurture each student’s unique voice, all while promoting physical, social, emotional, and creative growth. Because Harmony's tuition rate is a sliding scale based on families' incomes and no one is denied access to the school based on financial abilty, 40% of Harmony students are economically disadvantaged (based on federal guidelines) and 80% of Harmony families receive a scholarship. Funds from Bloomingfoods will be evenly distributed between students needing a scholarship. *Harmony does not receive any federal or state funding.*

HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK*
FOOD ACCESS
HHFB collects, stores and distributes food to 100 member agencies across 6 counties. Funds raised help HHFB collect that food with our refrigerated trucks and staff, will help us purchase food when needed and supplies for repacking.
 
INDIANA FOREST ALLIANCE
AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
Indiana Forest Alliance's mission is to preserve and restore Indiana’s native hardwood ecosystem for the enjoyment of all. Funds will be used through IFA's Wild Indiana program to support the creation of 13 Wild Areas that prevents logging in Indiana to allow future generations to enjoy wild nature throughout the state.
 
INDIANA RECOVERY ALLIANCE
PUBLIC HEALTH
The primary focus of the Indiana Recovery Alliance is to use the philosophy of harm reduction to promote the health and dignity of the individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Our slogan is "Any Positive Change." We will use these funds to purchase supplies, including the life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone.

INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
The Interfaith Winter Shelter's mission is to provide a low-barrier winter shelter for homeless individuals in Monroe County. Their purpose is to offer a warm, safe place to those who have no place to go and do not meet admission requirements for other shelter sites in the community.

MONROE COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION
EDUCATION
The Master Gardener Program is "helping others grow" by providing intensive education in horticultural principles on a wide array of gardening subjects. Certified Master Gardeners volunteer around the community providing leadership and service in gardening activities. The organization gives out annual grants to community organizations for projects that provide garden-related education, hands-on experience, and/or supply food to the community.

MONROE COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION FOUNDATION
PUBLIC HEALTH
MCPRF exists to provide support to Monroe County Parks & Recreation in providing quality recreation and education programs, promoting appreciation of environmental and cultural resources, and preserving green space. This support will assist MCPR in funding new, fully accessible playground equipment at Karst Farm Park's Sophia-Travis Playscape.

MONROE COUNTY UNITED MINISTRIES
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
MCUM operates a full service food pantry along with cleaning and hygiene supplies for the residents for Monroe County, we offer vouchers for clothing and household goods through the Opportunity House, supply rent/utility assistance, we run a year round childcare and early education center, and have self-sufficiency coaches that assist our clients in finding resources that meet their needs as well as, work with clients to help them and their families become more self-sufficient. Funds received from the Bloomingfoods Positive Change progam will go to support our various programs, such as the  Compass Early Learning Center, the Self-Sufficiency Center,  and our food pantry.
 
MONROE COUNTY YMCA
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
The Monroe County YMCA runs an in-school program, called Energize, which incorporates sessions on health and wellness to 32 MCCSC 4th grade classrooms in 12 MCCSC elementary schools. The program strives to prevent childhood obesity by providing lessons on healthy eating choices and the importance of 60 minutes of exercise per day.

MOTHER HUBBARD'S CUPBOARD*
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
The Hub aims to ensure that all people in the Bloomington and surrounding areas have access to healthy, whole foods and to provide opportunities to build community through food. Our programs include a client- choice food pantry and free educational programs on nutrition and gardening. Funds will go towards purchasing food for our pantry, helping us serve the 25,390 food insecure individuals in Monroe County and thousands more in surrounding areas.

NEW HOPE FOR FAMILIES 
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
New Hope for Families helps families impacted by homelessness gain and maintain stable housing and provides accredited early childhood development services aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Funds received from Bloomingfoods' Positive Change program will be used to provide shelter and support services that will help keep families together and get them on a path toward positive change and a brighter future.

PANTRY 279
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
We currently feed around 3000 - 3500 per month, as well as provide food education, help with job applications, and assist with school supplies and toiletries when we can.  This is a totally volunteer run organization and all money goes to help pay for food and operating cost ( office supplies, rental of truck to get food ).

REIMAGINING OPERA FOR KIDS
ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION
Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK) is a non-profit community arts and education organization based in Bloomington, IN, serving about 4,000 children, youth, and family members annually. Funds will be used to cover sets, props, costumes, and production manager costs so that we can continue to offer performances and curriculum guides at no cost to area schools and community centers.
 
SCALY TAILZ REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN EDUCATION & RESCUE
ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, ANIMAL WELFARE
Scaly Tailz is a reptile and amphibian education and rescue 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Funds will be used to care for the animals we have taken in, and to further our educational reptile demonstrations.

SHALOM COMMUNITY CENTER*
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Shalom Community Center supports people experiencing hunger and homelessness in our community. The goals of our Hunger Relief program are to ensure that people have access to two hot meals a day -- seven days a week, as well as emergency groceries as needed.

SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
HOUSING ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Our Housing4Hoosiers program provides resources for renters and landlords to support safe and stable rental homes: includes Housing4Hoosiers.org website, tenant/landlord education series, Housing & Eviction Resource Table at the Monroe County Justice Building, and Housing Navigators at social service agencies in Monroe County. SCIHO is also developing Switchyard Apartments, affordable 1- and 2-bedroom apartments for low-income households next to Switchyard Park and opening in 2020. Switchyard Apartments will include a community garden in the courtyard where residents can grow their own food.Funds will support our Housing4Hoosiers programming and help renters in our community to avoid eviction and improve access to safe, affordable, and healthy homes.

STEPPING STONES/CENTERSTONE*
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, provides long-term housing (up to two years) and comprehensive behavioral health, academic, employment and life skills services to youth ages 16-20 that are at imminent risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. Bloomington Positive Change funding will support our goals of 1) preventing criminal exploitation and abuse of youth due to their homelessness and hunger; 2) providing nutritious food to homeless youth in crisis in order to maintain physical and mental health while working towards safe and stable housing, education, and employment; and 3) increasing youth’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward nutrition, self-care, and independent living.

STONE BELT ARC, INC
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, COMMUNITY LIVING
Stone Belt provides employment, residential, lifelong learning, mental health, and family supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Funds will support Lifelong Learning programs, including our Hand in Hand food collection program for Community Kitchen, our meals delivery program completed by our clients and our participation with Growing Opportunities.
 
SYCAMORE LAND TRUST*
ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION
Sycamore Land Trust preserves land, restores habitat, and provides environmental education in southern Indiana. Headquartered in Bloomington, we have 16 public nature preserves with 35 miles of hiking trails. Support from Bloomingfoods will help us restore nature on our nearly 10,000 acres of land by removing invasive plants that disrupt the ecosystem, and planting trees and other native plants to create habitat for protected species. Thank you for considering Sycamore!

TEAM FIRST BOOK OF MONROE COUNTY
ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION
Team First Book of Monroe County raises funds to provide grants to Monroe County Title I schools and literacy groups to buy books for low-income children to own and take home because we believe that literacy begins at home and have learned that having books in the home predicts school success regardless of parental education or income.   The funds from this grant will be used to provide grants to buy books with a STEM emphasis  (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that build on the natural curiosity of children to learn about their environment and its importance to their own personal well-being as well as that of their community and world.

UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, FINANCIAL STABILITY
UWMC will distribute these funds to our 26 local member agencies through our volunteer-driven allocations process. Our 26 agencies work each day to ensure that each of our neighbors in Monroe, Owen, and Greene county have access to services that help them achieve happy, healthy lives. Some of our agencies include Girls Inc., Planned Parenthood, Community Kitchen, Volunteers in Medicine, Middle Way House, Shalom Center, and 20 others who make our community a better place to live.

UPLANDS PEAK SANCTUARY
AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, ANIMAL WELFARE
Uplands PEAK's mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farmed animals, educate the public to the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability.  Bloomingfood's Positive Change program would directly help support this mission by helping provide shelter, food and medicine for animals as well as support educational outreach to the broader Bloomington community.
  
      
 
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