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Change! 2020 Recipients

Friday, December 27th, 2019

Roanoke Co+op is excited to announce the recipients of the 2020 Change! for Our Community program.

Our Change! program gives shoppers the opportunity to round up their purchases and donate to local community organizations each time they shop. Each month, Roanoke Co+op chooses a different organization to be feature at the register as our Change! recipient.

A committee of co-op employees and board members selected twelve organizations from a pool of 21 applicants to be featured at the registers in 2020. Those organizations are:

  • January – CHIP of Roanoke Valley (Child Health Investment Program)
  • February – The Compassionate Friends of the Roanoke Valley
  • March – Wasena Neighborhood Forum
  • April – SARA Roanoke (Sexual Assault Response & Awareness)
  • May – The Making Foundation
  • June – Clean Valley Council
  • July – Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia
  • August – New Freedom Farm
  • September – InStill Mindfulness SWVA
  • October – Community Fund
  • November – House of Bread
  • December –  TAP (Total Action for Progress)

Change! is now in its sixth year of giving back to the Roanoke Valley. In 2019, the program is on pace to surpass $40k through the kind acts of 92k shoppers “rounding up” their purchases to the nearest dollar.

Change! For Our Community offers two ways to give at Roanoke Co+op. One way to give is by “rounding up” your purchases at the registers, which has brought in over $160k to date. The other way to contribute to Change! is by using a reusable bag when you shop at the co-op. Shoppers receive a poker chip worth $.05 for each reusable bag and can donate that chip to one of four organizations featured each month. By choosing to bring a reusable bag to the co-op, shoppers have saved over 875k bags from entering the waste stream while contributing an additional $48k to non-profits and community-minded for-profits, to date.

For more information, visit our Giving Back page or contact John Bryant, Marketing Manager, at

Plastic Bags are OUT!

Monday, August 5th, 2019

By August 31, Roanoke Co+op will no longer offer single use plastic shopping bags at the registers. The co-op has long been an advocate for environmental stewardship in the Roanoke Valley and views the move as a natural progression toward being even more eco-conscious.

Many shoppers already bring their own bags to the register at the co-op and paper bags will still be available.

Roanoke Co+op has also replaced plastic drinking straws with paper ones in their stores and durable paper bags are provided in the produce and bulk departments as an alternative to single use plastic bags. More positive changes are in the works.

“We are committed to reducing single use plastic in our stores. Some eco-friendly alternatives are currently available while others will take some time to develop,” says general manager, Bruce Phlegar. “This is a new era in our city, shoppers are concerned about the vast amounts of plastic that end up in our landfills or in our world’s rivers and oceans. In response, many of our shoppers are saying they don’t need a bag at all because they brought their own.”

Roanoke Co+op has promoted BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) since 2010 with its Change! for the Community program. When you bring your own bag to the co-op, or don’t use a bag at all, Roanoke Co+op donates $.05 to the featured local organizations of the month. Over the years, co-op shoppers have saved over 865,000 bags from entering the waste stream, while contributing over $45k to local organizations. Shoppers can also ‘round up’ their change at the register through the Change! program, which has raised over $142k for local organizations, to date.

“EPA research showed us that one plastic bag can take 1,000 years to decompose! That’s a long time for something to hang around that may have been used for just 15 minutes,” says Phlegar. “It’s time we all work together to reduce our dependency on single use plastic”

Double Your SNAP Benefits

Thursday, June 27th, 2019