Your co-op community, April 2016

This article was originally published in April 2016

Spring food drive

Did you know that your dollar can provide up to 33 servings of oats through the PCC Food Bank Program? During the month of April, PCC is collecting contributions for our 12 local area food bank partners. 100 percent of the cash donations will be used to purchase healthy bulk foods at wholesale prices.

You can donate at the register with one of the handy donation cards found at cashier stations. During the 2015 spring food drive shoppers raised more than $19,000!

Food bank packaging parties

Help our partnering food banks by donating your time to pack PCC bulk foods into family-sized portions.For more information, including addresses and dates, visit

Kindiependent Rock Series

Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle

Start your Saturday morning with “Seattle’s independent kids and family music scene” that featuring some of the best, local children’s entertainment groups. The concert series ends this month, so make sure to visit:

Saturday, April 9, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Johnny Bregar

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Recess Monkey

Blood drive

Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PCC West Seattle

One donation of blood can save three lives! Find the Bloodworks Northwest mobile truck in the southeast corner of the parking lot. Walk-ins are welcome. Remember to bring your ID.

Learn more about donating at

PCC Discovery Day

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All PCC stores

In lieu of one large member meeting, we’re hosting smaller open-house gatherings at all PCC stores. Stop by at your convenience! Through displays, special guests and product and cooking demos — and PCC food, of course — we’ll share with members and shoppers the many ways PCC partners with local organizations and vendors in our communities. For more details see here.

Chinook Book sale

Get ready to do your part on Earth Day. April 15 through 17 spend $10 at PCC and receive a free trial Chinook Book mobile app. Use your mobile coupons over the Earth Day weekend (April 22 to 24) at local, sustainable businesses including PCC. If you like the app, you’ll have the option of purchasing the entire 12-month mobile subscription. For each mobile app subscription purchased, $7 will be donated to PCC Farmland Trust.

All Chinook Books and apps are on sale through the month of April so now’s the time to give it a try.

  • Chinook Book (book) Sale price: $17 Save $5
  • Chinook Book (12-month mobile app) Sale price: $10 Save $5
  • Chinook Book combo pack Sale price: $25 Save $5

Save hundreds of dollars while supporting local, sustainable businesses — you’ll even find three coupons redeemable at PCC. With the sale of each book/app, PCC will donate all profits to PCC Farmland Trust.

Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
YMCA Mill Creek 13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett 98208

Learn how to stay active and healthy throughout the year at Healthy Kids Day at the Mill Creek YMCA. PCC is excited to step into the new neighborhood and will be doing a Kid Picks taste test from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community grant winner

And the award goes to …

We’re excited to announce the Graham Hill Elementary School PTA is the recipient of our Community Grant award. Specifically, it’s the remarkable Food Share Table that will benefit, along with a new “Long Break Food Security” program. PCC’s grant will go toward purchasing food for these programs.

The sharing table has been available in the school every Friday for three years. Families are asked to bring what they can and take what they need. The adults overseeing the program make sure it’s carefully monitored for candy and treats so the kids focus on the available pantry staples. Food left at the end of the day is stored for the following week. At Graham Hill, two-thirds of the students depend on the free/reduced breakfast and lunch program, so the foods from this table make a notable difference at home.

The new “Long Break Food Security” program will work toward fulfilling a larger need during school breaks for students when school is closed and they can’t access the free/reduced meal program.

PCC Cooks

PCC Cooks’ spring quarter begins this April. If you’re anything like us, you’re craving vibrant spring produce and all manner of tasty fare for brighter days — and we certainly have you covered! We’ll start the quarter by celebrating spring Spanish-style with Basque Country Cooking, then prepare for al fresco dining with picnic-friendly classes such as Spring Salads and Spreads; and even enjoy our own Coffee Klatch with a full menu featuring Seattle’s favorite beverage.

May and June bring even more exciting options to entice you as warmer weather approaches, from Spring Detox and Refreshing Raw Foods to Spring Greens and How to Bake a Cake 101. Visit or call 206-545-7112 for more information and to sign up.

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PCC Discovery Day

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PCC Board of Trustees report, April 2016

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