HOW DOES COMPASSION COALITION SOLVE THE HUNGER AND WASTE ISSUE?
Compassion Coalition has chosen to be innovative in its approach to how it works with individuals and how it raises funds to operate its programs.
Compassion Coalition has been a leading non-profit agency in the community by serving other non-profit agencies with overstock products that would otherwise go to waste.
Compassion Coalition focuses on partnering with area non-profits to extend services to the demographics they are serving. Often non-profits are funded through specific grants that dictate how money received needs to be spent, leaving organizations with little flexibility. Compassion Coalition changed that in 2000 by opening a 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse stocked with much needed overstock product of blankets, paper products, diapers, books, and personal hygiene products with non-profits in mind. Direct distribution to area non-profits who are serving clientele one on one in the community has allowed national chains to get their overstock products into the hands of our areas neediest demographics. Allowing non-profits to extend their buying power, while building stronger, healthier communities.
Compassion Coalition has been innovative in its approach to food waste, food insecurity, and building food accessibility throughout our communities; by allowing companies and local growers to get their overstock food items into the hands of those who need it most.
Compassion Coalition’s Bargain Grocer is an innovative, non-profit grocery store focused on providing access to fresh, quality, healthy food in a community that previously lacked access. Hunger does not discriminate, and people continue to grow hungry, yet we throw out 40% of all produced food in America. Compassion Coalition buys and accepts large product donations from corporate food partners and growers across America. We take perfectly good food that would otherwise be wasted and provide it at a reduced cost, enabling people to shop with dignity for the food they need.
Compassion Coalition is unique in the non-profit world by paying for all its expenses and through operating a non-profit grocery store.
Bargain Grocer not only brings food accessibility and food equality to a food desert, but the proceeds then get sown back into our community through Compassion Coalition’s giving. Compassion Coalition gets ZERO government or ongoing funding for operational costs, and gives back more than $20,000,000 in fair market value of products per year to our communities through strategic giveaways and programing. Our model is entrepreneurial, scalable, and reproducible.