Help us make Thanksgiving a little warmer!

This year the co-op really wants to do something for those in need here in Rochester, especially around the South Wedge. It is our hope to spread some warmth and kindness this Thanksgiving, as well as provide some much needed supplies for the cold winter season. We are so excited for this project but we need YOUR HELP to make this a smashing success!

Read below to see how you can help. Please consider sharing, or helping to spread the word.

Keep checking back to this page as we update this section with more information, donation totals, and photographs. 

Thank you so much for all the support we are getting on this project, we love our community so much!

Thankful Hearts

Thankful Hearts Poster

Winter Gear Collection Drive

Beginning November 1st, the co-op is collecting new and gently used Winter Gear to be passed out to those in need. All items should be clean and ready to give to their new owner.

Winter gear we are collecting includes:
Warm Coats, Gloves/Mittens, Hats, Scarves, and Warm Socks. Adult and Children sizes.

 You can drop off your donations to any cashier, or worker, at the co-op.


Round Up at the Register

For all of November the co-op is collecting money raised from Round Up at the Register to use towards our Thankful Hearts Lunch. We will be serving lunch to the area homeless and those in need on Thanksgiving and we need your help!

Our goal is to prepare:
Hot Turkey Lunches with all the fixins’ – Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy and a Roll.

All money we collect through Round Up will be used for this project.

Can’t make it in to the co-op, but still want to donate? Please consider donating securely via Paypal using the link below.


Round Up Sales November

Online Donations

Total Collected

Online Donors

  • Laurie Ozzello
  • Benjamin Storer
  • Cindy Nichols
  • Marjorie Madej
  • Janet Wyland
  • Richard Sauvain 
  • Suzanne Gouvernet
  • Geoffrey Burnett
  • Cheryl Minchella
  • Christine Arnold
  • Sarah Orgass
  • Lisabeth Frarey
  • Maria Lucarelli
  • Maria B Quagliana

Luncheon: Thankful Hearts

On Thanksgiving Day, from Noon to 2PM (or until our supplies last) we will be passing out the Hot Turkey Lunches we’ve prepared and the Winter Gear we’ve collected to area needing and those currently facing homelessness.

It is our hope to spread some warmth and kindness, as well as provide much needed supplies for the cold winter season.

Please Note:
Unfortunately we cannot accept volunteers for this event! The best way to help is to drop off Winter Gear, or donate through Round Up or online here on our website.


  • The co-op will be passing out hot turkey lunches to those in need, at the store Thursday, November 26th 2020, from 12PM Noon – 2PM EST, or until supplies last.
  • Winter Gear will be passed out with hot lunches to those in need.
  • Donations can be made in store, or online via our website:
  • All money we collect will be used for this project. If more money is collected than needed for the lunches, we will use those extra funds to give families that come through, Abundance gift cards.

Event Review

We are so lucky to have so many people in our community that care and want to help others. With your help, we were able to raise just over $1800 for this project.

We made 125 lunches, and passed a bit more than half- not bad considering this was our first event like this, we are in a pandemic, and it was raining! 

This project was a success because it brought out the best in people, the want to help others- it just warms our hearts!

Thank you Rochester, thank you Shareholders- thank you to those that donated money, or warm winter gear, you made many people very happy. 

If you have an idea for an event the coop could have that would help the community, please reach out to

Some photos from the event