Community & Donations

Community & Donations

Countryside Cooperative proudly supports local nonprofit community organizations by providing financial contributions, in-kind services, and volunteer support. In keeping with our corporate vision, we aim to be a leader in providing value to our communities. 

Taking on childhood hunger

Agriculture is at the heart of our business, and our business is growing food to feed the world. That’s why we work hard to address hunger in the children of our communities through our “Drive to Feed Kids” campaign. Each year we generate up to $10,000 for hunger-relief programs after donation match with our partners.

In addition:

  • At our Employee Annual Meeting, our employees create baskets for a raffle to raise money.
  • We ask our members to bring in non-perishables to our annual member meeting.
  • We look to distribute funds across our territories to organizations such as Drive to Feed Kids, Feed My People Food Bank, the St. Croix Salvation Army and the Hunger Prevention Council.

Program Details

  • We support local nonprofit community organizations within our trade territory. No donation requests outside our trade territory will be considered.
  • Only completed online applications will be considered.
  • Applications must include an organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and valid Tax-Exempt ID number.
  • Contributions cannot be made to the same organization more than once per year.
  • All donation requests are submitted to our Donation Committee who meet twice a month to determine if request meets eligibility.  

The focus of our contributions are based on:
  1. Rural Youth Leadership Development/Ag Education – Support of established organizations that promote youth leadership development such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom.

  2. Promoting Agriculture – Countryside provides support to those members, communities, and organizations that seek to promote a positive image of the agricultural industry. Examples include Dairy Breakfasts, County Fairs, and Farm Tours.

  3. Serving Our Local Communities – Countryside takes pride in partnering with our communities in programs geared toward ag. The program looks to build relationships with our local communities through volunteering, fundraising, safety, education, and leadership.  

Countryside will not:
  • Donate to organizations outside of our local trade territory.
  • Donate to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability with respect to employment, volunteer participation, or the provision of services.
  • Consider donation requests to organizations conducting fundraising (third-party giving) on behalf of nonprofit agencies.
  • Consider requests that solicit financial support for individuals, political candidates/campaigns, or for profit organizations.
  • Consider financial requests for capital campaigns.