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!

Golden Beet Bucks

An option to give a little extra! If you ❤️ our Beet Bucks partners and would love to be able to support them more directly, we have a new program for you! Buy a Golden Beet Buck at the register for $1, drop it in the Beet Bucks jar of your choosing, and we'll pass the $1 on to the organization- it's a Beet Bucks boost! (And don't forget to use your bags and containers to get your regular Beet Bucks with your visit.)

Beet Bucks Program Partners July/August 2017


 Roses 4 Austin

Roses 4 Austin is a group of approximately 30 student volunteers, with the intention of countering the reality of low funding for educational and creative opportunities on the west side. In our work with over 100 youth, we help to bridge the vast gap of inequity between Chicago’s west side and Oak Park by providing students of St. Catherine of Siena/ St. Lucy Parish School (whose students come almost exclusively from Austin) with an after school art club. The parish school’s principal expressed the school’s lack of art classes back in 2014, and students of OPRF High School joined together to share resources. Ultimately, Roses stands as a program which empowers the children to better appreciate art while simultaneously teaching them much more.  With the dedication of our volunteers and the infectious energy of our kids, Roses is bound for success.

I Can Fly Youth Leadership Program -

Imagine the skies of Chicago’s West side filled with butterflies this summer! Green Community Connections’ I Can Fly Summer 2017 Leadership Program will involve, among other things, the planting of native butterfly gardens. The weekly program schedule will also include instruction and work days for educational support on sustainability, sustainable food systems, harvesting and healthy food preparation, the “why” of natives and pollinators, entrepreneurship, and leadership. The program includes garden talks, a weekly speaker’s series, as well as field trips to related aspirational Chicagoland projects. Art opportunities have been scheduled into the program, as the youth build garden signage with local artist Tia Jones Etu.  Funds raised by Beet Bucks donations will go towards providing healthy meals on camp days. 

OPEF Mosaic Project

The Oak Park Education Foundation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that brings artists, architects, scientists, and technology experts into K-8th grade classrooms at every District 97 school. Our professional partners share their passion for learning while conducting free, hands-on residencies with more than 4,200 students each year. OPEF also runs BASE Camp, exceptional summer and school-holiday enrichment programs that make learning fun and grounded in the real world. BASE Camp helps to fund OPEF’s free in-school programming. Summer of 2017 the Base Camp will be creating a mural that will pay tribute to poet Gwendolyn Brooks in celebration of her 100th birthday. The mural will be installed on the outside wall of Brooks, on the corner of Washington and Clinton.

Past Partners:

April/May 2017 - Best Buddies OPRF, MOMENTA Academy of Music and Dance, Henry E. Reid Memorial Scholarship Fund/CAST -Julian Middle School

March/April 2017- One Earth Film Festival, The Chicago Bee Project, and Environmental Law & Policy Center                                January/February 2017- Hephzibah Children's Association, School The World, and West Cook Wild Ones.               

November/December 2016 - Marillac St. Vincent, Pearly Peas, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse

September/October 2016- Oak Park & River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation, Global Alliance for Community Empowerment/Alaffia, Prevent School Violence Illinois (PSVI)

July/August 2016 - Pro-Bono Network, Housing Forward, Band of Farmers

May/June 2016- Sarah's Inn, Tree of Life Farm, Oak Leyden Developmental Services

March/April 2016 -  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.