Concern for Community: Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.

The Bluff Country Co-op works towards the cooperative principle of “concern for community” through programs and services that promote community engagement, food accessibility, and support for community efforts. To learn more about the BCC’s community outreach efforts, check out our programs and services below!

Life in Color: Artist’s Corner

The Bluff Country Co-op is proud to offer the Life in Color: Artist’s Corner program to support the vibrant local arts community in Winona, Minnesota. Artists are welcome to apply to have their artwork featured at the BCC’s Life in Color exhibit, located in the Community Room on the windows facing 2nd Street. Artists are selected annually, with priority given to artists not previously featured through the Life in Color program.

To apply for the Life in Color: Artist’s Corner program, follow the link below.

Life in Color Application

Co+op Explorers

Parents love the Bluff Country Co-op’s Co+op Explorers program and we hope you will too! The Co+op Explorers program is provided for youth ages 12 and under. Co+op Explorers receive a free seasonal fruit during grocery visits, providing them with a healthy snack to nom on while their parents shop! Enrollment in the program is easy and provides Explorers with access to a number of benefits, including:

  • One piece of seasonal fruit per grocery visit
  • A free deli cookie the week of the Explorer’s birthday
  • Access to the Explorers’ E-Newsletter full of fun activities, recipes and more
  • A produce passport to learn more about healthy eating and local, organic foods

To sign up to be a Co+op Explorer, stop by the service desk during your next grocery visit or fill out the form below.

Co+op Explorers

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Bluff Country Coop Community Fund

Community Giving

The Bluff Country Co-op offers a variety of Community Giving programs to support the incredible work that Winona area non-profits do to make our community stronger. The BCC has three Community Giving programs, including:

  • Beans for Bags: Our Beans for Bags program celebrates sustainability and local organizations. Every time a customer uses a reusable bag for their groceries they receive one bean per bag to place in a mason jar displayed near the checkout. There are four mason jars and each jar represents an area organization. For each bean placed in the jar, we will donate five cents to that organization. To suggest an organization to be a recipient of our Beans for Bags program, email our Community Outreach Coordinator directly at alexa@bluff.coop
Beans for Bags
  • Community Fund: The Bluff Country Co-op Community Fund offers customers a way to make tax-deductible donations to benefit cooperatives around the country and non-profits in our community. The interest from all donations is pooled throughout the year and provided back to the BCC to donate directly to area non-profits. For more information about the Community Fund and how it works, click on the link below.
Community Fund
  • Community Donations: One of the seven cooperative principles is “concern for community.” Bluff Country Co-op strives to support our community by donating time, food, and money. This takes many forms, such as hosting a teen cooking class, bringing our “smoothie bike” to an area event, or partnering with the local food shelf and Catholic Worker House on food rescue initiatives. For more information about community donations, follow the link below.
Community Donations