Ellwood’s Wooden Nickel Program is designed to help promote the recycling of shopping bags, by rewarding those customers who reuse their bags (paper, cloth or plastic). Customers now have the option to pass the money they save on grocery bags on to local charitable organizations!

When customers reuse shopping bags they are offered ten cents for every bag or two wooden nickels for the Wooden Nickel charity program. Located at the front of the store at the Local Food Hub are two glass jars designated for specific local organizations. Customers deposit their wooden nickels into the jars. At the end of each quarter, the nickels are counted and the organizations receive a check for the collected amount.

Every three months we select two local organizations to be involved in our fundraising efforts. Due to the high volume of requests, and a limited amount of spaces on a quarterly basis, not all requests will be accommodated. Once all of your information has been received, we will contact you if we decide to move forward with your organization.

All organizations will be reviewed and announced before the beginning of each quarter and wooden nickels will start applying to the new organization on the first day of the following month. For every Ellwood’s wooden nickel that a customer donates to your organization, we give you a real nickel. It’s pretty simple and a great way to raise money and awareness for your organization. We ask that selected organizations invite members to get involved with our recycling program to increase the total contribution.

If you’re part of a local non-profit organization that wishes to get involved in our Wooden Nickel program, please download our flyer for more information and fill out one of our applications:

Wooden Nickel Program: Program Flyer | Application

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