Nevada County’s premier co-op market, the Briar Patch, regularly gives back to its members at the store through purchases and benefits. Briar Patch also gives out community grants to benefit local non-profits. Marketing Director, Stephanie Mandel, says they have been giving out the awards since 2000. This year six more awards were granted.
The program receiving the largest Community Grant is the Friendship Club. The program supports teenage girls in Nevada County.
Mandel says that most of the grants this year focus on healthy cooking and nutrition.
BriarPatch also funded a couple of groups that provide meals for the needy.
Another program assists people on the San Juan Ridge.
Mandel shares that BriarPatch Co-op is pleased to help grassroots efforts in the community.
Nevada County Grown requested funds for their “Bounty of the County” educational event to raise the visibility of local agriculture.
The Interfaith Food Ministry also received a grant.
Mandel emphasizes that BriarPath Co-op will continue to offer these funding opportunities into the future.
BriarPatch’s General Manager, Chris Maher, says contributing to our community is one of the founding principles of BriarPatch Co-op, noting a fundamental distinction of cooperative businesses as compared to many other businesses.