We’re thrilled to announce that Frontier Co-op has been named the winner of the prestigious 2022 Silver Halo Award in the Social Service Initiative category by Engage for Good!

The win recognizes our Breaking Down Barriers to Employment initiative supporting our employees and community members to overcome systemic barriers to employment and economic mobility by providing access to childcare, transportation, second chance hiring practices and an apprenticeship program.

"At Frontier Co-op, our foundational belief is that doing good, works,” said Tony Bedard, CEO of Frontier Co-op. “As a 40,000-member owned cooperative, we are committed to our values and a business for good approach to everything we do—from building relationships with our growers, to working with local organizations supporting our community—and we are honored to receive this acknowledgement reinforcing the impact we can make by lifting up our communities.”

The Halo Awards are North America’s highest honor for corporate social impact initiatives that showcase outstanding consumer engagement or employee engagement efforts. This marks the 20th year that Engage for Good has rewarded businesses and nonprofits with Halo Awards for doing well by doing good. A total of 20 category awards were given out to programs judged as the best corporate social impact campaigns of 2021 at the Engage for Good Conference in Atlanta, GA on May 18, 2022.

“With the world facing such enormous manmade and natural crises, Halo Award-winning campaigns remind us of the tremendous positive impact companies can have in combatting societal problems,” said Engage for Good President David Hessekiel. “Among this year’s Halo winners were campaigns that educated and mobilized thousands to get vaccinated, used NFTs to inspire and engage younger fundraisers, and helped break down barriers to unemployment – all while building stronger businesses.”

As an extension of our Breaking Down Barriers to Employment initiative, Frontier Co-op recently committed $225,000 over a three-year period to continue their partnership with Willis Dady Homeless Services in neighboring Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This partnership will aim to expand supportive housing units, employment training, one-on-one case management services, childcare, transportation and more.

A special thank you to our teams who are dedicated to supporting this initiative and helping empower the co-op community. Since 1976, Frontier Co-op has been dedicated to creating life-changing opportunities for growers, employees and families and we are honored to have received this recognition.