Giving Back

Matthew 25

Groundswell Café Matthew 25 is an Iowa nonprofit that empowers people to transform neighborhoods by giving families access to safe housing, fresh food and opportunities for creative expression. One of their many projects, Groundswell Café, is a “pay-it-forward” eatery devoted to providing the Cedar Rapids community with access to fresh, healthy food — regardless of one’s ability to pay.

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Matthew 25

Feed Iowa First

Feed Iowa First is a Cedar Rapids nonprofit celebrating its 10th anniversary of combatting food insecurity while supporting local farmers. Through various programs in partnership with local businesses, faith organizations, schools and farms, Feed Iowa First supplies thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries in Linn County, Iowa every year.

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Feed Iowa First

Guatemala Dental Clinic

With the help of about $50,000 in donations from Frontier, our Well Earth co-op supplier Fedecovera expanded their dental services into a new clinic with new equipment and an additional dentist. The clinic in Coban, Guatemala, services 25,000 people (growers and their families) who are part of 41 independent farmer co-ops organized under the larger Fedecovera co-op.

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Guatemala Dental Clinic

Parsley — A Quality Choice

There are two main types of parsley — the familiar curly leaf and flat-leaf. We sell only the more robustly flavored flat leaf parsley (sometimes called Italian parsley) Petroselinum crispum var.

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Parsley — A Quality Choice

Well Earth Partnership: Elder from Bulgaria

Our sourcing of Frontier Co-op elder leaf and elderberry is a great example of the mutually beneficial partnerships we build with our suppliers through our Well Earth sustainable sourcing program. Our Well Earth partner in Bulgaria supplies not only our elder products, but a number of herbs other that are all grown on small farms or responsibly wildcrafted.

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Well Earth Partnership: Elder from Bulgaria

Foster Farm Botanicals

One of the key objectives of the Frontier Co-op Global Sourcing Department is to expand organic farming in the United States and abroad. We continually look for opportunities to collaborate with farms and processors not only to source quality organic products, but also to be a resource supporting organic agriculture.

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Foster Farm Botanicals

Cooperative Community Funds

People Helping People For millions of farmers around the world, Fair Trade Certified™ products mean thriving communities, kids in school, and a healthy environment. By purchasing Fair Trade Certified products, you support the farmers who grow and provide quality tea, cocoa, vanilla, sugar, herbs and spices.

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Cooperative Community Funds

Indian Creek Nature Center

Frontier Co-op has given $150,000 to the Indian Creek Nature Center’s Etzel Sugar Grove Farm project. The funds will be used to help develop an organic farm to educate and feed the local community.

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Indian Creek Nature Center

Grow: Johnson County

Grow: Johnson County is a hunger-relief and educational farm not far from our North Liberty facility in Iowa City, IA. The three-acre farm grows organic fruits and vegetables that are donated to local hunger-relief agencies and provides hands-on gardening and farming experience for community members of all ages and backgrounds.

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Grow: Johnson County

NewBo City Market

NewBo City Market is a dynamic public space — and gathering place — promoting health, happiness, and well-being in the heart of the New Bohemia District near downtown Cedar Rapids. This remarkable nonprofit organization is home to unique food and retail business start-ups, farmers and artisans markets, and numerous events — community arts, entertainment and educational.

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NewBo City Market

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