2021 Community Choice SEED

Community Choice Voting 2021

Seward Co-op owners and customers are invited to select four of twelve 2021 SEED recipients. The SEED program raises over $250,000 annually for local non-profits. There are eight organization to choose from, all of which will receive a $1,000 grant through the Seward Community Fund, whether or not they are ultimately selected as a SEED recipient.

Learn about the Community Choice finalists below. SEED Community Choice voting has closed. Join us for the Annual Owner Meeting as we announce the 2021 SEED recipients as well as the results of the SEED Community Choice vote and Board of Directors Election.

Community Choice SEED Candidate Organizations

Below are short descriptions of the eight SEED candidate organizations, listed in alphabetical order. You can learn more about each by clicking on the name of the organization. A new window will open to the organization’s website.

Appetite For Change 
Appetite For Change is a nonprofit based in North Minneapolis that uses food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change. SEED funds will support an equitable food system through youth programming, community urban agriculture, and helping AFC distribute fresh meals to neighbors and healthcare workers.

Community Driven
We rescue food that would otherwise go to waste in the Twin Cities, focusing on smaller businesses and restaurants that other organizations do not want to deal with. We then redistribute this surplus food to some of the most at-risk and at-need people in the Twin Cities.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. ILCM also works to educate Minnesota communities and professionals about immigration matters, and advocates for state and federal policies which respect the universal human rights of immigrants.

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS)
North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) is launching the Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis. By providing education and training that give Native people access to healthy, local, indigenous food, we can address serious issues of malnutrition, food-related illness, and economic impoverishment on tribal lands. We are requesting funding to launch virtual programming, including how-to videos and podcast conversations with Native chefs, growers, foragers and other relevant Native experts as a resource to Native people launching Indigenous food-related enterprises in their Native communities.

Open Arms of Minnesota
Open Arms of Minnesota is the only nonprofit organization in the state that cooks and delivers free meals tailored to meet the nutritional needs of individuals living with life-threatening illnesses. Our clients are those most at-risk during the COVID-19 outbreak because they are immunocompromised and have underlying conditions that make them more susceptible to infection and severe symptoms—ensuring they have access to high-quality meals is critical, now more than ever.

Sabathani Community Center Inc.
Sabathani Community Center has provided service to this community for over 50 years, being the heart of south Minneapolis. This is the place where community is made and needs are met for all ages and cultures. Sabathani is a Legacy organization for the African American community while it serves the broader community.

St. Stephen’s Human Services
St. Stephen’s Human Services meets people experiencing homelessness where they are, and accompanies individuals and families on their journeys to safe, stable housing and healthier lives.

The Youth and AIDS Projects
Since 1989, The Youth and AIDS Projects has served Minnesota’s youth living with HIV through culturally responsive advocacy and healthcare support. SEED funds will go directly to the YAP Nutrition Support Program, which equips young people living with HIV with the education, cooking supplies, and resources they need to make nutrition choices that sustain their long-term wellbeing and health.