Pennies for Change

The Pennies for Change program is one of the Co-op’s many giving programs. Customers can donate their change to our community partners by rounding at the registers to the next full dollar amount.

In 2020, the Co-op is changing the structure of the Pennies for Change program. While we will continue to support our three food access partners, we’ll now be awarding four organizations 10% of the monthly total, rather than 30% and 10% divided among two.

This will give our other community partners more opportunities for funding throughout the year; adding even more to the amazing work being done in the Upper Valley!

Pennies for Change Totals

Total Member Donations Since June 2016: $946,003.45
Total Collected September 2020: $13,274.65
Total Collected YTD 2020: $111,026.00

September Community Partners

New Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School: $1,327.47
Mascoma Cooperative Preschool: $1,327.47
Alzheimer’s Association: $1,327.47
Enfield Village Preschool: $1,327.47

September Food Access Recipients

Listen: $2,654.65
Haven: $2,654.65
Willing Hands: $2,654.65

October Community Partners

Vermont Center for Ecostudies

A non-profit based in Norwich, Vt. advancing wildlife conservation with the combined force of scientific research and informed citizens.

Advocates for Grafton County Mental Health Court

A non-profit mental health courts with innovative programs bringing together mental health and criminal justice agencies.

Finding Our Stride, Inc.

Funds and helps implement school-based running programs in middle and elementary schools in the Upper Valley.

Watson Upper Valley Dog Park

Providing a fenced, off-leash dog park where people with well-behaved canine companions can exercise in a clean, safe environment.

October Food Access Partners

Policy on Cooperative Giving

The Co-op’s Board of Directors has established the following policy on cooperative giving and are organized under the following four themes:

  • Food assistance to alleviate hunger
  • Community building (including support of regional agriculture)
  • Promotion of cooperative principles and activities
  • Environment, energy and sustainability

All applicants must be a 501(c) 3 organization. If you have any questions, please call 603-640-6340 or send an aprilharkness [at] (email) April Harkness.

Fund Distribution

Of the funds collected each month, 60 percent goes to our food access partners: LISTEN Community Services, Upper Valley Haven, and Willing Hands.

The remaining 40 percent will be split between four other community partners. These four partners change on a monthly basis.

Community Partners

Community partners will be assigned as 10 percent partners based on alignment with the four themes above.


Now Accepting Applications for 2021. Apply today. Please note the following deadlines.

FIRST DEADLINE: December 1, 2020
SECOND DEADLINE: April 1, 2021

Apply Here

Thank You Notes

Here are some Thank You Notes from community partners we have helped so far.

Hanover Store
45 South Park St.
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2667
8 am-8 pm

Lebanon Store
12 Centerra Pkwy
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 643-4889
8 am-9 pm

WRJ Store
209 Maple St.
WRJ, VT 05001
(802) 295-3400
8 am-8 pm

Co-op Market
43 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2725
M-F: 8 am-8 pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-3pm

Service Center

51 South Park St.
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-6650

Service Center

63 US 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 526-9103
M-F: 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Co-op Kitchen
193 A St.
Wilder, VT 05088
(603) 442-4406
M-F: 6 am-2 pm