City Market, Onion River Co-op Donates $1,100 to SEABA

Grocery patrons reuse bags to benefit local non-profits



Allison Weinhagen
Director of Member Services, City Market

Roy Feldman
Executive Director, SEABA

City Market's "Change for Local Non-Profits" program raised $1,168.95 for the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA) during the month of August. The program, which incentivizes patrons of the downtown food co-op to reuse their shopping bags, donates 5 cents for every bag reused to a different non-profit each month. Customers can also donate additional amounts directly to the chosen organization each month at any register. During the month of August, shoppers reused over 23,000 shopping bags to benefit SEABA, whose South End Art Hop is September 9 - 10.

"Our members love giving back to the community, so we wanted to give them a simple way to collectively make an impact," notes Allison Weinhagen of City Market. "We chose SEABA as last month's recipient because of all of the great work they do to support local art. With the Art Hop just around the corner, now was a good time for the Co-op to help out."

SEABA's annual two-day event draws over 30,000 visitors to Burlington's South End to showcase over 500 Vermont artists. "This is the biggest visual art show in the area, and each year I am blown away by the talent and creativity we see," explains SEABA's Roy Feldman. "Our goal is to keep that artistry alive in our vibrant little South End, and City Market's contribution will help us do just that." For more information about SEABA and the Art Hop, please visit

The next Change for Local Non-Profits recipient will be the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Created by the United Ways of Vermont in cooperation with the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Vermont Emergency Management, the fund is used specifically for long term recovery. Expenditures from the fund will be used 100% for the unmet long term needs of those affected by Tropical Storm Irene. For more information on the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, or to donate directly, go to

About City Market/Onion River Co-op
The Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with over 7,000 members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and over 1,200 local and Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at or call 802-861-9700.