LOCAL DONATIONS & SPONSORSHIPS

 

Community Natural Foods has always been a place of community, connection, and wellness, welcoming Albertans for more than 40 years. We are dedicated to encouraging our customers and members to live a healthier, more natural life and strive to support the health and well-being of our communities.

Local Community Giving

We deeply value giving back. Annually Community Natural Food provides in-kind and financial support to a variety of local grassroots events and non-profit organizations. If you are interested in learning how your organization can access like-minded sponsorships and/or donations, please visit your local Community Natural Foods location.

Event Sponsorship

We are proud to sponsor some significant events in our communities, including:

The Annual Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference; Organic Alberta Conference; The Calgary & Edmonton Folk Music Festivals; Calgary & Edmonton Pride Festivals; Edmonton Fringe Festival; Calgary VegFest; Best of Calgary; Feeding the 5000; Calgary Zero Waste Festival; Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary & Edmonton Celiac Association events, Wild Rose Triathlons, Alberta Beekeepers Association Conference; and the Western Apicultural Society Conference.  

In-Store Donations & Caring for Our Community

We support a variety of local organizations that support a wide range of initiatives such as food access for the people of Calgary and Edmonton, with contributions to The Calgary and Edmonton Food Banks, The Calgary and Edmonton chapters of The Mustard Seed, and The Alex Community Food Centre.

We’re proud to continue supporting local organizations through various in-store initiatives. This has included Scan Away Homelessness to support the Mustard Seed; $5 till donations for The Alex Community Food Centre to help get fresh fruits and vegetables to Calgarians; proceeds from our For the Love of the Earth enamel pins and Giving Toques in support of The Alex Community Food Centre; food donations to the Calgary Food Bank and Calgary Veterans Association Food Bank; and a food waste rescue program with The Leftovers Foundation in Edmonton and Calgary that helps to find homes for edible but unsellable food products to those in need.

We have proceeds going to the Calgary & Edmonton Food Banks from sales of our monthly café featured beverages. We participate in YYC Hot Chocolate Fest annually, in support of Meals on Wheels.

We continue to support our LGBTQ2S+ community with a variety of donations being raised during Pride Week. We’ve partnered with our vendor community to offer proceeds from products sold to benefit the Skipping Stone Foundation in Calgary, and the YESS Foundation in Edmonton – with CNF matching all donations. And in 2019, we hosted our first-ever Drag Beauty Night with proceeds going to the Skipping Stone Foundation.

 

Change for the Earth:

You can feel good while you shop, by helping local charities while simultaneously doing something good for the planet, by bringing in your own bags and containers during your shop and participating in our Change for the Earth program.

Community Natural Foods kicked off the Change for the Earth Program on Earth Day 2012. We updated the program in 2019 to include all bags and containers, calling it BYOC (Bring Your Own Container). Customers now receive a 2-cent credit for every bag and container they fill during their shop, to donate to our local charity of the month, representing PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, AND PLANET organizations. Community Natural Foods matches all funds raised, essentially making that 2-cent credit 4 cents. We’ve donated $221,991.15 to date and supported over 300 grassroots charities in Alberta. 

 

Community Engagement:

We are pleased to share our 2023 Community Engagement Summary. As we reflect on the accomplishments of 2023, we take immense pride in the incredible strides we made together in community engagement. Throughout the year, our collective efforts have left a lasting impact on the communities we serve, showcasing our commitment to making a positive difference in the health and wellness realm. If you would like to read a more in-depth scope of our 2023 community engagement accomplishments, please click this link 2023 Community Engagement Highlights