Co-op food stores in Luton now accepting donations in support of Luton Foodbank

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op food stores in Luton have launched a bid to serve-up trolley-loads of support for Luton Foodbank as the charity experiences record levels of demand and referrals.

Nine of the community retailer’s food stores in the area are supporting the appeal and taking donations for the Foodbank which is need of: tinned rice pudding; custard; tinned vegetables, fruit and soup; sugar; jam; cereal and toiletries.

The Co-op is also kick-starting the appeal with a £200 basket of groceries.

Salma Khan, Project Co-ordinator at Luton Foodbank, said: “We are delighted with the support from the Co-op. We are facing ever increasing levels of demand, in fact, almost every month last year saw an increase compared to the previous year. Working with a community retailer like the Co-op helps to build awareness and extend our reach – giving more people an opportunity to consider making donations. It is only with the help of the community that we’re able to continue our work. We would love for there not to be a need for the foodbank, but whilst there are people facing crisis in and around Luton, we will continue to offer emergency support.”

Gemma Edmonds, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “As a community retailer we are pleased to support the foodbank and its work to make a difference to the lives of people locally who are in difficulty. We now have nine stores in the area supporting the foodbank, and we would like to say thank you to our members and customers whose generous donations will make a huge difference to people in need in our community.”

Donations can be made at Co-op food stores in: Biscot Road; Manor Road, Caddington; 259 Birdsfoot Lane; Marsh Road, Leagrave; Dominics Square, Lewsey Farm; Hitchin Road, Stopsley; Market Square, Whipperley and, Wigmore Lane.

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Mobile: 07702 505 551

Source: Co-op

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana


BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 19, 2016 ), Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced via Twitter that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana.

Earlier this week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a $500,000 commitment to provide support through cash and in-kind donation to organizations helping with flood relief efforts. The total commitment of $1.5 million will be used to provide additional food, water, cleaning supplies and other essential items to those in critical need. Funds will also be used towards longer term recovery efforts.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “We have been working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to learn how we can use our strengths to help. We will continue to be there for our friends, family, fellow associates, customers and neighbors in Louisiana.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster in Louisiana, working hand in hand with the people of the Gulf Region during and after Hurricane Katrina. Walmart continues to help communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

Contact: Call 1-800-WALMART (925-6278)

Source: Walmart


Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 14th annual School Tools event, in partnership with Star 101.5 and World Vision. Donations will be accepted at all Bartell Drugs locations from August 1 – August 28.

The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help re-stock the center, where teachers “shop” free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.

As many as 58,000 local students could begin the school year without the basic school supplies, according to Federal Way-based World Vision, a globally-recognized charitable organization.

Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drugs locations. Monetary donations, dedicated to the drive, can be made by visiting beginning August 1.

We’ve also added a handy text-to-give option for individuals to help fund this worthy project. To donate $10.00 through text message, text “SCHOOL” to 777444.

  • Scissors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products

Suggested donation items found at Bartell Drugs locations include:

  • Pens and #2 pencils
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Markers and crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook paper
  • Spiral notebooks

For more information on Bartell Drugs and its locations, visit

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

Media Contact:
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs


Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28
Bartell Drugs kicks off its 14th annual School Tools event; to accept donations from August 1 – August 28


Source: Bartell Drugs

Commissary employees and patrons collect donations Feds Feed Families campaign

FORT LEE, Va. , 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year was a banner year for the Feds Feed Families campaign. The Department of Defense collected more than 3.2 million pounds of food and personal hygiene items for donation to local food banks and pantries. Commissary employees and their patrons contributed almost 50 percent or a whopping 1.6 million pounds of DOD’s total.

“Our customers are the main driver behind the donations,” said Randy Eller, DeCA’s deputy director of logistics. “Their contributions have increased our total 66 percent from 2014.”

The Feds Feed Families campaign, which runs June through Aug. 31 this year, was created as a part of President Obama’s United We Serve campaign in 2009. The program was started to help food banks stay stocked throughout the summer, when they typically see fewer donations and increased demand. Through the program, almost 57.2 million pounds of food and other items have been donated by federal employees from all across the federal government.

This year commissary employees and patrons are pulling together again to collect donations of much needed nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. Prepacked donation bags, which can be purchased in store and placed in collection bins when entering or leaving, are available. Customers may also bring items from home to donate.

Donated items are picked up by the installations and delivered to local food banks or pantries.

The most-needed items for donations include:

  • Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt
  • Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices
  • Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
  • Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
  • Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
  • Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
  • Multigrain cereal
  • 100 percent juice – all sizes, including juice boxes
  • Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
  • Paper products and household items – paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo

There have been no official goals set but, with the help of commissary employees and generous patrons, Eller thinks last years’ numbers can be beat.

“Let’s all give our full support to this fantastic program which feeds thousands of hungry families across the United States, and work to have our best totals ever,” he said.

For more information on the Feds Feed Families campaign, visit USDA’s Feds Feed Families page.

To see a photo on DeCA’s Flickr page related to this story, click on the photo or go to, go to DeCA’s Flickr page

About DeCA:
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Commissary

43 charities across U.S. will be receiving IKEA makeover and product donations

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. is pleased to announce today that 43 charities across the U.S. will be receiving IKEA makeover and product donations as a result of winning this year’s IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Additionally 77 other charities, who were first and second runner ups, will win an IKEA product donation.

IKEA wants to play a part in creating a better life for the many people, as well as communities touched by IKEA business. While IKEA works on a global level to improve the lives of people in developing countries, IKEA also wants to be a good neighbor in its local communities. The IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker challenge is one way to make a difference closer to home.

How the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Works:
Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee – at each store – selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online (this year’s voting period was March 27- April 10). The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive an IKEA product donation.

Two of this year’s 43 winners are listed below as good examples of just how meaningful these charities are as well as the impact of these makeovers:

Illumination Foundation, Costa Mesa, California
Illumination Foundation’s mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness. The makeover would redesign the Stanton Children’s Recourse Center to ensure that the children are grouped according to their skill level in order to receive assistance tailored to their specific needs.

Warriors for Autism Inc., Tampa, Florida
Warriors for Autism’s mission is to enlighten, enrich, and empower the lives of families on the autism spectrum by offering inclusive programs and services that fit the ever growing needs of the community. The makeover would furnish the new facility opening in spring of 2016, which will be an adaptive fitness and sensory center for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

IKEA U.S. started the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge in 2011, and since then over 200 local charities have received over $1 million in IKEA products, design expertise, and manpower.

For more information on the winners, read here:

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA Corporate PR Director,,
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 41 IKEA stores in the U.S. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit,, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA,,,,


Wegmans hunger relief campaign donations during winter 2015 rose to $1,033,363, a 6% increase over the winter 2014

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2015 checkout scanning campaign at 26 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations rose to $1,033,363, a 6% increase over the winter 2014 total. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“Results like these show that our customers and employees recognize how food banks build healthier communities,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “We’re continually grateful for this support and generosity.”

The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:

Greater Boston Food Bank – $39,031 (Burlington and Chestnut Hill)
Worcester County Food Bank – $13,049 (Northborough)

New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $235,310 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)
Food Bank of Western New York – $580,104 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $43,079 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)
Food Bank of the State College Area – $29,235 (State College)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $78,467 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)
The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $15,088 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)

The winter campaign ran at various dates from February to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York are in the midst of their spring campaign.

Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.7 million at Wegmans in 2014. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $26 million for hunger relief.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2014, Wegmans also donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

Meijer holds its signature hunger relief program Simply Give; will match spring campaign donations 2-to-1 April 17-18

Retailer matches spring campaign donations 2-to-1 April 17-18 to help food pantries gear up for summer months.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer holds its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give, three times a year when its food pantry partners need the most help, but the spring campaign is arguably the most critical campaign.

“The spring Simply Give campaign is responsible for helping our food pantry partners prepare for the uptick in clients they see in the summer when federal school lunch programs are not available to children,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “The Simply Give program has helped fill a void in the communities we serve thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners.”

To help those food pantries gear up for the summer months, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer will stretch every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation further April 17-18. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 19.5 percent of all households with children nationwide were food insecure in 2013. Additionally, food-insecure children in about 70 percent of low-income homes in 2010-11 received free or reduced-price school meals, which is the most recent data available.

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 as a way to help restock the shelves of local food pantries throughout the Midwest. Since then, the program has generated nearly $14 million for those food pantry partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.

“We know how important it is to our customers that their generous donations remain in their local communities,” Emerson said. “That’s why each of our stores partner with a local food pantry during the Simply Give campaign.”

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards that are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store. The Simply Giveprogram runs three times a year; the spring campaign will run through May 11.

Customers will have an opportunity for Meijer to double match their donations April 17-18.

Customers can find Simply Give donation cards on fixtures near the checkout, and grocery and pharmacy departments.

To view a video that highlights the retailer’s hunger relief efforts, please visit

About Meijer Philanthropy:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968,