Beans for Bags


We reward people for their sustainability efforts by giving 5 cents back for each reusable bag used. You can then either keep the bag credit, OR get at bean.   Get a bean, you ask?  If you choose a bean (= $.05), you can choose where that money goes by dropping that bean into a jar, which represents 1 of 3 non-profits in the Jefferson County Community.   Non-profits are nominated by member/owners and chosen by a committee.  Two jars are rotated out bi-monthly, the third jar represents the Jefferson County Food Bank, which is supported year round.

Beans for Bags Recipients for 2019

2019 Beans for Bags Recipients

Thanks so much for joining us in this process!  Keep using those bags/containers because small change makes big change in our community.  Over $12,000 in donations, or 240,000 bags a year to be more exact.

Beans for Bags 2018 Totals


  1. Jefferson County Food Bank ($846.70)

  2. Discovery Bay Bird Rescue ($699.35)

  3. Friends of Port Townsend Library ($480.80)


  1. Jefferson County Food Bank ($1036.40)

  2. Recyclery ($607.80)

  3. Equestrian Park ($374.30)


  1. Jefferson County Food Bank ($1042.77)

  2. Key City Theater ($445.05)

  3. Chimacum Middle School Outdoor Education (658.81)


  1. Jefferson County Food Bank ($900.80)

  2. Visit History Club (368.30)

  3. Marine Science Center ($631.75)


  1. Jefferson County Food Bank ($842.75)

  2. PT School Local Lunch Program ($658.00)

  3. JC Mash ($551.60)


  1. Jefferson County Food Bank ($860.45)

  2. Port Townsend ArtScape ($426.55)

  3. NW Salmon Coalition ($639.05)

Beans for Bags Process

October/November: Beans for Bags nominations open for 2020.  Nominations are only accepted through online form here. If you need, Customer Service can help you use the computer in the store.
Early December: Board Board Community Engagement Committee will meet to vote on the 2020 recipients. 
Late December: 2020 recipients announced

Nominate Your Favorite Non-Profit

Nomination Form will be available online here October 1st-November 30th for the following year.

Questions about Beans for Bags? Call us at 360.385.2883 or email Marketing@FoodCoop.Coop

Your Name *
Your Name
Only members are allowed to nominate recipients for our Beans for Bags Program.
Please nominate your favorite Jefferson County Non-Profit or Cooperative to receive Beans for Bags funds in 2020.
What Category does your nomination fit into? *
In order to make a larger impact in areas that connect with our values, The Food Co-op gives priority to organizations and community groups that fit into the following categories. Food Access, Land and Sea Stewardship, Healthy Kids, Families, Animals, and Supporting the Cooperative Model.