We love serving "Good Real Food" to our community and beyond – so we created our BOOST program to support local nonprofits whose work aligns with our "Good Real Food" values. Food connects us all (everyone eats!) and food systems are a critical point of action for addressing human and environmental health, climate change & social justice issues. Each year, we partner with four organizations, so that our entire community can engage in the good work they do!
Our application for BOOST 2017 is now closed but will reopen late fall/early winter for 2018.
Voices for Racial Justice
From October–December, Birchwood BOOST is partnering with Voices for Racial Justice (VRJ) to cultivate the soil for strong, community-led racial justice organizing to thrive. They offer spaces for learning, sharing, + community-building that support healing from the trauma of racism and the organizing to end it. Their tools and strategies are grounded in communities and culture.
By highlighting Good Real FOOD as a solution, we aspire to engage more people in a culture of service to create positive, lasting change. For three months at a time, our cafe will collaborate with a local nonprofit organization to do the following:
We’re going to put our partner organizations center stage and get the word out about their work by highlighting their programs and impact through our newsletters, social media, our website and signage in the cafe.
Our servers will invite customers to round up at the register to “Boost” these organizations—pocket change, just like our individual action steps, has the power to add up! We’ll also host a Booster Club Dinner in our Community Room for an inspiring evening of Good Real Food and special guests. Together, we can start a ripple effect that expands far beyond our plates and into the broader world.
We’ll co-host events with our partners and provide our community with real, face- time opportunities to meet these people and hear first-hand about their work. Our partners will present information and action steps that can make a difference.
Our current Boost partner is featured above. You can also find out more through our social media and by visiting the cafe. Or, sign up for our e-newsletter for up-to-date info on events and action steps you can participate in. Together, we can #BeTheChange!
Interested in Applying?
Our application process opens in late fall/early winter for the next year. Check back here in November 2017 to begin the 2018 application process! Feel free to send us an email with any questions.
We had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing nonprofits since we started BOOST in 2016. Thanks to you, we've been able to BOOST their missions and we hope that you'll help us continue to support positive, lasting change to build a better food system.
A local nonprofit that works to educate and empower people to engage in solutions to climate change, with a unique focus on engaging youth. We love their efforts to address climate change from diverse angles, including climate literacy and climate justice: areas where climate activism and social justice intersect.Website
Right to Know
Right to Know's mission is to advance the mandatory labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering (GMOs) in Minnesota. Since 2011, Right to Know has led a coalition of farmers, citizens, and health advocates to secure our right to label GMOs because they believe (like we do!) that knowing whats in the food we eat is a basic right.
Midwest Food Connection
Midwest Food Connection (MFC) empowers children to make healthy decisions around food. MFC brings real food into classrooms, providing a chance for kids to share stories, plant seeds, cook across cultures, and taste delicious recipes. This fun and approachable way for children to understand where food comes from and how it impacts our bodies, our communities and our earth is a vital part of early childhood education.