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COMMON GROUND

IMPACTS REPORT

2014


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OUR ENDS


VIBRANT & INCLUSIVE End #1: The Co-op is the center of a vibrant, inclusive community

Common Ground strives to make healthy food more affordable for everyone. The program includes our Cooking Healthy on a Budget and Cooking Basics free classes, Food For All Basics Grocery List, Equity Grant, Recipe Collection and Education Grant. Food For All has grown into a nationally-recognized program that has been an inspiration to other co-ops around the country. There are now over a dozen other co-ops with similar food accessibility programs.

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$60 equity grant recipients in 2014

174

CGFC owners received the 5% FFA discount in 2014

ROUND UP FOR GOOD

FFA class participants in 2014

A COMMUNITY FUNDED PROGRAM

A LITTLE ADDS UP

Each month, Common Ground’s customers “Round Up” their change at the register to donate to an organization nominated and chosen by our owners.The Round Up for Good program began in February 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti. Common Ground owners expressed a desire to donate to the humanitarian efforts in Haiti through Common Ground. The process was so successful, our owners decided that it should be a permanent program at the Co-op.

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2012

2013

2014

$6,324

$9,373

$16,493


CREATING COMMUNITY 19

number of large community events that CGFC sponsored in 2014

24

community events hosted by Common Ground

64

organizations that received donations from CGFC * not including Round Up for Good organizations

56,263

dollars donated to community organizations * not including Round Up for Good organizations

16,493

dollars donated by CGFC shoppers through the Round Up for Good program.

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COOPERATIVE STRENGTH END #2: The cooperative movement is strengthened

Common Ground exists as a part of a larger community of cooperative businesses around the world, all of which abide by the Seven Cooperative Principles. The cooperative movement empowers our community by allowing individuals to become active participants in a democratically-controlled business. We are committed to strengthening this model both within the C-U area and in the larger cooperative movement.

Common Ground Cooperative dollars spent with other cooperatives

22.34%

increase

Organic Valley Equal Exchange Just Coffee Frontier Co-op Big Tree Organic Farm

$ to co-op businesses

2013

23,059

2014

28,210

We promote cooperative ownership

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New Owners

$53,293

Equity added

72.5%

Of total sales were made by owners


Three Rivers Natural Grocer Co-op Chicago, IL Basics Natural Cooperative Foods Janesville, WI Seward Community Co-op Minneapolis, MN Dill Pickle Food Co-op Chicago, IL Grass Roots Cooperative Anoka, MN New Pi Food Co-op Iowa City, IA

UP & RUNNING

Prairie Food Co-op Lombard, IL Green Tomato Food Co-op Batavia, IL The Chicago Cooperative Chicago, IL Green Top Grocery Bloomington-Normal, IL Sugar Beet Food Co-op Oak Park, IL Terre Foods Cooperative Market Terre Haute, IN Columbus Food Co-op Columbus, IN Rogers Park Co-op Chicago, IL Macomb Food Co-op Macomb, IL

UP & COMING

Common Ground provided support to the following food co-ops and start up co-ops in 2014:

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EDUCATION

End #3: The Co-op serves as an educational resource on food issues WE BUILD COMMUNITY EDUCATION 2014 marked Common Ground’s second year with an onsite classroom. We continued to offer a wide variety of classes, listening and responding to what our community was most passionate to learn. We revamped our in-school kids program, Grow On, and hosted an onsite kids Foodie Summer Camp. We also partnered with the Douglass Park after school program to provide hands on food education to students.

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community educators teaching at the Co-op youth class participants

WE CREATE FRIENDLY AND ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITY SPACE We are committed to offering a vibrant place for community education to grow. In our Flatlander Classroom we have offered a huge array of classes including gardening, Indian cooking and worm composting. The classroom includes our Art Gallery, which features six local arts shows each year. We work to serve as an educational resource throughout the shopping experience, too. We create signage and guides with easy-to-access food information, recipes and brochures for our customers to keep.

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classes offered in 2014

44

in-store educational resources in 2014


ANNUAL PARTICIPANT COUNT IN CGFC’S EDUCATION PROGRAM

490 YR

1,584

1,400 2012

2013

2014


LOCAL FOOD

END #4: Our local food chain is equitable, robust, and environmentally sound Common Ground sets standards for fair business practices and encourages sustainable farming and distribution. By continuously expanding the variety of local products we offer, we stimulate growers to diversify their offerings and consumers to purchase a wider selection of local products. We continue to grow and stregthen our connections with new local producers and promote awareness of the local food movement.

19% 21%

$ to regional businesses

increase of $ to local producers in 2014 increase of $ to local producers during winter months in 2014

2013

$64.4K

2014

$142K

ANNUAL SALES TO LOCAL PRODUCERS $1,600,000

Common Ground defines local as within 100 miles of the store. Common Ground defines regional as any state that borders Illinois (including Michigan).

$1,400,000 $1,200,000 $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $2008

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2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

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of CGFC’s unsellable produce and production waste is either taken to local soup kitchens or to Mullberries Farm and Orchard to be turned into compost.

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new local vendors in 2014


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