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Be the Change

Together, we can Be the Change
we wish to see in the world.

Each time you visit the register, you'll have the opportunity to round your purchase up to the nearest dollar to empower organizations serving the local community. Honest Weight will match the first $500 raised each month.

Since Be the Change began in October 2021, the co-op community has raised over $41,818!

Learn more about current & past Be the Change recipients below.

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July 2022: Grand Community Street Arts

An organization that has been largely focused on the arts: for youth, for adults, for musical, theatrical, and artistic expression. They have historically done this through individual events, through programs for the youth, and now through their community radio station, WCAA-LP 107.3 FM, with 35 local community members producing radio shows around the clock (available streaming 24/7 at grandarts.org).

June 2022: $4,257 raised for African Heritage Food Co-op

African Heritage Food Co-op exists to create a world where marginalized neighborhoods can become communities. Where no one goes without fresh, healthy and affordable food options. Most importantly, a world in which to create ownership and employment opportunities within the community through programming like mobile produce markets, black business events bazaars and Kiddie Kickstand, a children’s entrepreneur program where AHFC teaches children how to own and operate their own business.

The AHFC seeks to not only to promote ownership in communities in the Buffalo and Niagara Area, but to spread its model to empower inner city communities everywhere. By encouraging residents in the community to become engaged with their local food system, AHFC can guide more communities to cease participation in oppressive structures and build, own, and operate inclusive systems that heal the local economy and reverse systems of oppression and discrimination.

May 2022: $5,467 raised for Supporting Colonie Senior Services

Colonie Senior Service Centers provides comprehensive services to those in our community who are in or approaching their mature years, and to provide services and support to their families and caregivers. Through these services, CSSC strives to ensure the physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being of our participants, improve the quality of life, and enhance the structure and stability of our community as a whole.

April 2022: $7,399 raised for Ukraine through World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen is the first to the frontlines, providing meals in response ot humanitarian, climate, and community crises. They build resilient food systems with locally led solutions. To date, one million meals have served to familiies across Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary. The new WCK Relief Kitchen is located in Przemysl — a Polish city just several miles from the border with Ukraine that is receiving tens of thousands of refugees every day. From this kitchen, their team has the capacity to scale up and cook 100,000 meals per day.

March 2022: $5,152 raised for Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is a community development financial institution providing financing, training, and technical assistance for small businesses and nonprofits. They focus on small businesses owned by women, minorities, and people of low income, and nonprofits providing essential community services. They have been in operation for 35 years, serving the 11 counties of the Capital Region. They were essential to securing the funding for the Honest Weight building that we are standing in right now!

February 2022 - $5,276 raised for Capital Roots

Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in the Capital Region by organizing 55 community gardens, providing healthy food access services, and coordinating urban greening projects.

For over 45 years they have made locally sourced, top-quality nutritious food accessible to our neighbors, students, and seniors. Make this year their most impactful yet! 

Learn more at www.capitalroots.org

January 2022 - $3,165 raised for the Capital Region Vegan Network

Capital Region Vegan Network empowers our community to adopt and maintain a vegan lifestyle through outreach, education, support, and advocacy. Learn more at: https://capregionvegans.org/

November & December 2021 - $21,149 raised for The Food Pantries of the Capital District.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District was our Be the Change partner for the months of November and December, maintaining the long-standing tradition of the co-op's holiday season Food Pantries fundraiser. Through the generous contributions of our shoppers and a remarkably generous $2,500 match from our friends and neighbors at MyBacon, this year was our largest contribution EVER at $21,149!

Through the Food Pantries, just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of food to a hungry neighbor. For some, a food pantry is a source of emergency assistance. For many, it is a supplement to low or fixed income, loss of income due to illness or job loss, or loss of second income for single parents. Food pantries help provide nutritious food to babies, children, seniors, veterans, and struggling families. The Food Pantries for the Capital District works diligently to support 65+ local food pantries.


October 2021 - $7,076 raised for The Miracle on Craig Street

The Miracle on Craig Street was our very first Be the Change program recipient. Founded in 2015, the Miracle on Craig Street is on a mission to root a culturally competent network of resources and opportunities for children and families, with a focus on health and wellness through physical activity, food and farming, and personal development and healing. They provide programming for youth summer sports leagues, yoga in the park, self-care workshops, a community gardening project, and a poetry series. 


With the introduction of Be the Change, we have fully retired the beloved Enviro Tokens program. In six years, Enviro Tokens raised over $57,584 for local nonprofit organizations and saved 1,151,693 paper bags.