Do a good deed with your New Pioneer dividend

Do you like good, clean, organic food? Does supporting local charities and businesses give you the warm fuzzies? Are you a New Pioneer Co-op member who has received your annual dividend check recently and would like to use it to make a difference in your community? Then you might want to cover your ears.

Because blammo! That is the sound of worlds and ideals colliding.

Since 2005, New Pioneer has given members the opportunity to sign their dividend checks over to Local Foods Connection (LFC), a charity dedicated to providing fresh, local food to low-income families. LFC works to to provide healthful, organic food to its clients, as well as educate the community about good eating and clean living. Additionally, the organization supports Iowa City’s local food movement by ensuring its food comes from local farmers.

Laura Dowd, executive director of LFC, writes, “We are honored by and grateful for the support the New Pi community has shown us … The $20,750 donated last year accounted for over 37% of our $54,909 in revenue!”

Think one little check can’t make a difference? Think again. Here are the numbers from LFC:

  • 2005: 450 members donated $4,400 in checks
  • 2006: 1,120 members donated $14,600
  • 2007: 1,227 members donated $14,916
  • 2008: 1,355 members donated $16,947
  • 2009: 1,498 members donated $13,706
  • 2010: 1,677 members donated $12,158
  • 2011: 1,708 members donated $17,300
  • 2012: 1,600 members donated $20,750

What’s more, New Pioneer has made a special announcement. This year, in a bid to “share the love” with other local food organizations, co-op members have the option of signing over their dividend checks to Table to Table.

To get in on the action, sign over your check to either “Local Foods Connection” or “Table to Table” (depending on which organization you would like to support) and bring it to the drop boxes available at either New Pioneer location. If you would like to make a donation to Local Foods Connection or Table to Table directly, visit their websites at and, respectively.

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