Last week, the #cbusfoodbloggers met up at Lucky’s Market in Clintonville to get the 4-1-1 on Lucky’s local outreach initiatives. Do people still say 4-1-1? Apparently I do.
Lucky’s was founded in Boulder, Colorado by two chefs, and the Columbus store was their third location. The focus is on good food, much of which is natural and organic, but not all of it. The goal was to create a place where all people feel comfortable, regardless of their grocery budget or stance on conventional growing practices, and to make good food accessible to everyone.
Speaking of budgets, on Sundays all organic produce is 10% off at Lucky’s! And if you download their new app, you can save even more money with digital coupons and $5 off every $100 spent. Do you know how many bulk bin gummy bears you could buy with that?!
One of the things we love about Lucky’s is their commitment to local nonprofit organizations. Did you know that 10% of profits from the sale of Lucky’s store brand items goes to local charities? EVERY DANG DAY. Did you know that when you bring your own reusable grocery bag, Lucky’s gives you 10 cents to donate to one of three local charities? The charities rotate regularly, but currently you can choose Children’s Hunger Alliance, CMN Memorial Garden, or Choices.
On top of this, on Lucky’s Impact Days 10% of ALL sale proceeds are donated to local charities! The next impact day is June 6th and the appointed charity is Urban Farms of Central Ohio. Donated funds will go to Clarfield Farm, “an initiative dedicated to transforming vacant sites in under-served neighborhoods into productive, sustainable urban farms that provide food insecure residents access to fresh, local produce, jobs and job training, and opportunities for civic engagement.”
How awesome is that?! Make sure to mark your calendars because June 6th also happens to be Lucky’s Local Vendor Fair. From 4-7pm you can meet and sample some of the best local products including: Darista Dips, Off the Beaten Path Coffee / Cowtown Coffee, Lopaus Point, Ridiculously Good Salsa, Kick Salsa, LLC, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, and
We love Lucky’s commitment to developing relationships with local vendors. We were told that the Columbus store has struggled with local produce offerings, and that the store hopes to expand its relationships and offerings in this area in the future.
For those who haven’t been to Lucky’s, some of my favorite aspects of the store, other than those previously mentioned, are the deli (house-smoked meats and HUGE $6 made-to-order sandwiches), fresh-baked pizzas, cold bar, prepared goods section (CURRY TOFU SALAD FOR THE WIN), and of course the bulk bins.
For more information, head on over to LuckysMarket.com.