At the Co-op

  • Children’s Weekend Food Program
  • November 1st, 2015
  • Children Food Program 2015

    Weekend food matters for student learning and achievement. This is the mission for the Children’s Weekend Food Program (CWFP) and the message is simple: a full stomach and a healthy body are essential for success in the classroom. CWFP’s “purpose is to provide child-friendly nutritious, non-perishable food items for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for most non-school days of the regular school year.” St. Peter Food Co-op stands behind this mission and purpose and are happy to announce that we will be collecting monetary donations for CWFP throughout the month of November.

    The Children’s Weekend Food Program is a collaborative effort of the District #508 and St. Peter Area Food Shelf. It has been serving St. Peter youth and families since the 2011-2012 school year. The initial enrollment for the 2015-2016 is 103 students from 50 families. During the 2015-2016 CWFP is also financially supporting South’s Healthy Snack Cart which allows food insecure students to access healthy snacks during the school day and we are piloting a Teen Pantry, housed at the St. Peter Community Center.

    After students have received four consecutive meals from CWFP, their families are asked to enroll in the St. Peter Food Shelf.  In addition, CWFP Hunger Awareness Advocates are placed in South Elementary Early Learning Center and North Intermediate to provide families with a person who can ease the navigation into community food access systems available in St. Peter which will help with the families’ emergency food insecurities.

    CWFP relies on donations in order to provide these necessary kid-friendly weekend meals.  Please join the St. Peter Food Co-op in supporting this local cause – cash donations are accepted upon checkout. Thank you for your contributions.

    If you’re interested in volunteering with Children’s Weekend Food Program, contact them directly at: [email protected]

  • The Co-op Garden
  • October 19th, 2015
  • The sunflowers have bloomed and gone to seed and the zucchini and tomatoes have finally slowed down. The inaugural year of the Co-op Garden was nothing short of a success. With 115 pounds of fresh produce delivered to the St. Peter Area Food Shelf and 340 children participating in educational activities through their school classroom or Kids in the Garden, it was a fruitful summer. Not to mention the countless people who took a moment to walk through the garden – watching it grow and observing the monarchs and hummingbirds.

    Another thank you to our garden adopters: Stan Schripeth, Craig Nelson, Oshawa Achievers 4-H, Nicollet Girl Scouts, and Bonnie Frisk’s Farm-to-Preschool training plot.  And also thanks to the Statewide Health Improvement Program which provided funding for the Co-op Garden programming, resources, signage, and more.


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  • How-to: Grind-Your-Own Nut Butter
  • February 17th, 2015
  •  Jenn, our bulk buyer here at the Co-op, took some time to show off our nut grinders (almond and peanut) and explains how to use them.

     peanut butter snap shot

    Why grind-your-own?

    - Freshness: you can’t get a fresher nut butter
    - No additives, just peanuts or almonds
    - Add-your-own mix-ins: honey, salt, raisins, cinnamon…
    - Portion control: take as much or as little as you like
    - Delightfully delicious