Giving Initiatives

Since 1982 Tidal Creek Co-op has been committed to giving back to the community.

We are dedicated to nourishing our community and we support local organizations that share our commitment to making a meaningful difference. Find more information about our donation programs below. In addition to these donation programs, the Co-op provides gift and food sponsorships for local events and nonprofits. These sponsorships support a wide range of organizations and causes aligned with the values of the cooperative movement.

REAL CHANGE Donation Program

In 2013, the Co-op launched the REAL CHANGE donation program, a way for shoppers to support worthy causes and organizations throughout the year. Donations can be made on an ongoing basis, during your transactions at the register, by rounding up your total to the nearest dollar – or any donation amount of your choosing. Recipients benefit from donations given at the registers. Our REAL CHANGE donation program is focused on organizations that share our commitment to a healthy local community.

Our Current REAL CHANGE Recipient:


Past REAL CHANGE Donation Recipients:

October 2017 – December 2017 – DREAMS of Wilmington –Donation Total = $1310.11

DREAMS of Wilmington is dedicated to building creative, committed citizens, one child at a time, by providing youth in need with high-quality, free-of-charge programming in the literary, visual and performing arts. The funds will be going to the reverse-osmosis filtration system to be installed at the DREAMS of Wilmington campus. This will provide healthy water for the Northside community, a neighborhood that does not have easy access to clean drinking water.

July 2017 – September 2017 – The Full Belly Project –Donation Total = $1762.81

Nearly half of humanity lives in poverty, and hunger is the number one cause of death worldwide. The Full Belly Project works globally to end poverty and hunger by empowering people with the tools they need to improve their own lives and create a more promising future for themselves, their families and their communities. Our mission is to design and distribute income-generating devices that improve life around the world. Essentially, we help people keep their own bellies full! Your donation will go toward making our tools more affordable for those that need them most. Learn more about us and what we do at

April 2017 – June 2017 – Cape Fear Habitat For Humanity Restore – Donation Total = $1856.02

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity was established in 1987 and has served more than 175 hard-working families through the construction and rehabilitation of homes throughout New Hanover and Pender counties. Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity operates two ReStore locations in the Cape Fear region. ReStore is a non-profit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances, home accessories and more at 50% to 80% below the retail price. The goal of ReStore is to provide affordable access to home improvement items, generate proceeds to support the affiliate’s operational costs, and divert materials from the waste stream. Funds generated from Real Change will support the opening of a third ReStore location in our community, which will allow Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity to serve more members of the public, accept a larger number of donations, divert a greater amount of waste from our landfills, and increase affordable homeownership opportunities for local families.

January 2017 – March 2017 – Kids Making It – Donation Total = $2420.77

The mission of Kids Making It is to reduce juvenile delinquency and empower youth to grow into responsible citizens through woodworking. Our overall goal is for all of the kids we serve to stay in school, stay out of trouble, graduate from high school and go on to a successful adulthood through the workforce or college. KMI serves over 500 kids each year, from 8-18+. KMI has started a new Skilled Trades program to teach the basics of electrical, plumbing, masonry, HVAC and construction carpentry, as a pathway to a long-term career for our students who are not going to college. Thus, we are launching a campaign to raise the funding necessary to buy the tools & equipment we will need for this new program, and to build an addition onto our shop to house the program for the long term. Going from the streets to a lifetime of skilled employment will be a Real Change for the older teens that we will serve in our Skilled Trades program, and we hope that Tidal Creek, its Owners & customers can partner with us in this effort.

November 2016 – December 2016 – Nourish NC – Donation Total = $1680.65

The mission of NourishNC’s Backpack Program is to provide hungry children with healthy food, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community. Our goal is to enhance children’s health and well-being by preventing the disastrous consequences of child hunger. Our Backpack Program provides supplemental food assistance every weekend and across all school breaks to 668 hungry children in New Hanover County. We also feed children through our “Mobile Farmer’s MarKID” that takes fresh produce right to where kids are: parks, playgrounds, after school programs, other nonprofits, and high need schools.

August 2016 – October 2016 – Nature Connect NC – Donation Total = $2185.18

The Nature Connect mission is to cultivate curiosity, compassion, and connection with the natural world. In a time where computer and cell phone use is so prevalent, we believe it’s important to get kids unplugged from technology and reconnected with the natural world. Our vision is to support children to develop a deep love and respect for the natural world, so that they grow into empowered, resilient, and compassionate leaders in their communities. Our programs include exploring outdoors, animal tracking, bird language, nature & sensory awareness, storytelling, mentorship, and lots of fun and play!

APRIL 2016 – JULY 2016 – Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence – Donation Total = $2468.24

The BRC serves youth and families in an area known as the Y.E.Z. (Youth Enrichment Zone), which is an approximately 140 square block area in the North side of downtown Wilmington with high crime and high poverty. By assessing the needs of the individual families that we serve, we are able to ensure that families are connected to all of the services, resources, and programs offered by the large network of non-profit partners in New Hanover County. The BRC’s VOYAGE Initiative, which serves as an acronym for Vision, Opportunity, Youth leadership,  Advocacy, Guidance, and Empowerment, has been developed to provide evidenced-based prevention programming to youth in 2nd-12th grades that serve to narrow the achievement gap, foster leadership skills, provide mentoring, and to promote the overall positive development of our at-risk youth. Using this model, we are able to serve as a bridge to help alleviate the multifaceted issues experienced by our low-income families with the goal of improving the future educational and economic prospects for our youth in order to break the generational cycle of poverty.

JANUARY 2016 – MARCH 2016: Cape Fear’s Going Green Magazine – Donation Total = $1069.32

Going Green Publications publishes Cape Fear’s Going Green magazine and its accompanying website, featuring sustainable and health-promoting activities and projects in the lower Cape Fear area. Topics are designed to help you make choices that save you money and contribute to healthier living while being kind to our planet. Going Green participates in ten or more community education and outreach events each year. They plan to use fundraiser monies to create two new interactive displays. One display will teach children (and their parents!) how native plants benefit pollinators, whose health is critical to our food supply; the other will illustrate the benefits of a plant-based diet.

OCTOBER 2015 – DECEMBER 2015: Open House Emergency Youth Shelter & Residential Services of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc– Donation Total = $907.58
Open House Youth Shelter is a 24-hour, 9-bed shelter that is committed to improving the safety and well being of abused and/or neglected at-risk youth (ages 6 through 19) who are in need of a safe place to stay. While meeting the basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter, Open House encourages youths’ personal growth through counseling services, vocational/educational and life skill building activities, and recreational activities. All services are confidential and are provided at no cost to the youth or their families. 

JULY 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2015: Plastic Ocean Project Donation Total = $905.20

The mission of Plastic Ocean Project is to educate through field research, implement progressive outreach initiatives, and incubate solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem.  Working with and for the next generation to create a more sustainable future.

JANUARY 2015 – JUNE 2015: Ocean Cure – Donation Total = $2086.07

Ocean Cure is a local non-profit organization dedicated to giving free surf lessons to medically fragile and at risk youth and adults. Ocean Cure believes strongly in the powerful emotional and physical healing properties of the ocean and surfing. It’s more than just surfing. It’s about family, friends, community, support and making the impossible possible. They plan to use the REAL CHANGE donations to purchase two beach wheelchairs and two adapted surfboards.

JULY 2014 – DEC 2014: Jones Family Farm – Donation Total = $1851.52

Jones Family Farm is an amazing 74 acre local farm run by Jeremiah and JoAnn Jones and their five daughters. Each member of the family contributes to providing natural quality products. Try their delicious farm-fresh eggs, found in Tidal Creek’s dairy case. This small, local family farm works hard every day towards their mission to bring clean wholesome food and information to the community.

FEB 2014 – JUNE 2014: Cape Fear River Watch Donation Total = $1516.68

Cape Fear River Watch is a grass-roots, environmental nonprofit that works to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, advocacy and action.

SEPT 2013 – JAN 2014: Feast Down East – Donation Total = $585.75

Feast Down East helps small and limited resource farmers gain access to markets such as restaurants, grocers, schools and hospitals. They are dedicated to creating an economically-viable, regional food system that benefits farmers, businesses, food services and consumers in Southeastern North Carolina.

To date, you have helped the Co-op give back $22,605.90 to these wonderful groups serving the Wilmington community. Thank you for Rounding Up for REAL CHANGE!

 Fundraising Events

Throughout the year Tidal Creek Co-op holds various fundraising events to support local organizations working to make a meaningful difference in our community.