As part of our commitment to the community, Sugar Beet Food Co-op partners with 3 local nonprofit organization for a two month period for our Beet Bucks Program. We do this to give monetary support and awareness of the group’s work in the community and to encourage our shoppers to bring their own bags. Sugar Beet Food Co-op donates 5¢ cents per transaction to a BEET BUCKS Program Partner when you use a reusable bag, coffee mug or bulk containers.


Every time you shop The Co-op bring a reusable bag, mug or bulk container you’ll receive a BEET BUCK that you can give to a local charity. Choose between three charities and help them raise funds with your vote! For each Beet Buck The Co-op donates 5¢ to the organization. WIN WIN!


Beet Bucks Program Partners March/April

One Earth Film Festival -

One Earth Film Festival is a Chicago area film festival that creates opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion.  They engage private, public and non-profit sector community partners in the sponsorship and production of the film festival.  The goals of the fest are: Create thought-provoking, transformative opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement.  Pack an intensive education & awareness punch through rich film stories, interactive discussions, and experiences. “Expand the movement” by attracting people not generally involved in or already committed to “green” activities.

The Chicago Bee Project -

In light of the challenges to honeybees and pollinators, The Chicago Bee Project focuses on raising Chicago queens that originate from Chicago bees.  The goal is to naturally select and raise strains of Chicago-hardy honeybees to support the area population, reduce the reliance on chemical intervention to promote overwintering viability, as well as limit the importing of bees from other parts of the country.  The Chicago Bee Project works in conjunction with the Illinois Queen Initiative to raise local strains of honeybee queens.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center -

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. ELPC develops and leads successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources. They are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together.

Past Partners:
2016/2017-                                                                                                                                                             January/February - Hephzibah Children's Association, School The World, and West Cook Wild Ones.                  November/December - Marillac St. Vincent, Pearly Peas, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse                                                  September/October - Oak Park & River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation, Global Alliance for Community Empowerment/Alaffia, Prevent School Violence Illinois (PSVI)                                                                                        July/August - Pro-Bono Network, Housing Forward, Band of Farmers                                                                                 May/June- Sarah's Inn, Tree of Life Farm, Oak Leyden Developmental Services                                                                March/April -  Opportunity Knocks, Oak Park Education Foundation, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

Please send this form to Lissa Dysart at if you’d like to have your 501(c)3 organization considered for this program.