Community Donations

Seventh Cooperative Principle: Concern for Community – While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development for their communities through policies accepted by their members.

Beans for Bags Program

The Co-op’s Beans for Bags Program, which allocates donations to 16 local organizations based on customers’ shopping bag reuse, received the Food Marketing Institute’s Community Outreach Award for 2013.

The aim of the program is to encourage conservation of disposable bags by offering customers a lima bean in exchange for bringing in their own shopping bag; one bean is given for each bag used. The lima bean represents a portion of allocated donation funds, and customers may choose one of four Co-op owner-elected local non-profit groups they would like to support with their bean. The organizations rotate every quarter for a total of 16 organizations.
Do you work for a community organization that could benefit from this program? Do you have a favorite community organization that you would like to nominate to be on the ballot for next year?

Download the Beans for Bags 2018 Application

You can drop off your completed applications at either Co-op location, email them to, or mail them to First Alternative Co-op – South Store, attn: Donna Tarasawa 1007 SE Third St. Corvallis, OR 97333

Please submit completed applications by the deadline:
9pm, September 1, 2017

 Previous Years:

Read about the 2016 candidate organizations in the October THYMES, page 4-5

Our 2017 Co-op  owner-elected Organizations:

CARDV-Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence
Co-op Recycling Center
Benton Hospice
CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates
Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon
Coastal Range Food Bank, Inc
Ten Rivers Food Web
Community Outreach, Inc.
Philomath Community Gleaners
Marys River Watershed Council
Benton Habitat for Humanity
Friends of Corvallis Parks and Recreation
Corvallis Bicycle Collective
Corvallis Environmental Center
Grace Center for Adult Day Services
Greenbelt Land Trust

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