NGA Foundation’s first-ever Independence Day of Giving campaign raised 846,553 meals for Feeding America

CHICAGO, Ill., 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct 17, 2017), the NGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Grocers Association (NGA), announced it raised $76,959.37, or 846,553 meals, for Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, as part of the first-ever Independence Day of Giving campaign. The donation was presented as a check to Nancy Curby, senior vice president of corporate partnerships and operations at Feeding America, during NGA’s Fall Leadership Meetings in Chicago, Ill.

The campaign, in partnership with Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA), encouraged shoppers at locally-owned supermarkets to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their grocery bills throughout the month of June, with a focus on June 21 as the Independents Day of Giving. The funds will be redistributed to local food pantries to help purchase, package, and transport food to Americans who are facing the nation’s hunger crisis through Feeding America’s nationwide network.

“Whether it’s restocking nearby food pantries in times of need or raising money to close the hunger gap, locally-owned independent supermarkets have a long history of giving back to the communities they serve,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “It’s just another example of how independent grocers across the country stand apart.”

“No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from—especially children,” said Francis Cameron, president and CEO of ROFDA. “Independents Day of Giving is just one more example of how the independent supermarket industry is helping nourish kids and families in need throughout our nation.”

One in eight people struggles with hunger in the United States, according to Feeding America. As of 2016, 41.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 28.3 million adults and 12.9 million children, according to the USDA.

The donations were collected by Making Change, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and redistributed back into the local communities of each participating independent supermarket by Feeding America.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

Kroger to Fight Influenza and Hunger with One Shot, One Meal campaign in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America

Now through April 1, 2018, for every flu shot administered, a meal will be donated

CINCINNATI, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announces its second annual health and wellness campaign, One Shot, One Meal, in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. From now through April 1, 2018, Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations.

“Kroger is committed to helping people live healthier lives and we’re excited to continue this initiative for the second year,” said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger’s president of pharmacy and The Little Clinic. “When you receive the flu shot this season at any of the Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations, you will help protect your health and provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger. Kroger donated 330 million meals in 2016, and last year’s campaign helped us achieve this milestone. We know that meals matter because nutrition is a key aspect of building healthier communities.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 310,000 individuals were hospitalized last year for flu-related illnesses. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots can reduce the risk of more serious symptoms and outcomes, including flu-related hospitalizations.

“Feeding America aims to provide wellness, nourishment and strength to people facing hunger,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We are excited to partner with Kroger for the second year on this health and wellness campaign. Visionary partners like Kroger enable us to help the 46 million Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks.”

Every week, 5.4 million people in the United States receive help through the Feeding America network, which includes 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger. Feeding America food banks are partners in community health by providing food that promotes health and wellness and partnering to help people improve their health outcomes.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About The Little Clinic
The Little Clinic is a pioneer in customer-focused healthcare with a mission to help people live healthier lives. A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., The Little Clinic healthcare clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Indiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, Dillons stores in Kansas and JayC stores in Indiana. The Little Clinic was awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® in 2009 and has maintained consecutive accreditation in 2012 and 2015. Visit The Little Clinic online at www.thelittleclinic.com,
www.facebook.com/thelittleclinic and www.thelittleclinic.blogspot.com.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritSM. We are 443,000 associates who serve eight and a half million customers every day in 2,792 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 782 convenience stores, 311 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,453 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

IKEA to host ‘Feeding the Future’ in-store program from June 1 – 30 to support local Feeding America member food banks

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today (05/25/2017) that it is collaborating with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to sponsor an in-store program, ‘Feeding the Future,’ which runs June 1 – 30, to support local Feeding America member food banks.

Through the ‘Feeding the Future’ program, IKEA U.S. will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in any IKEA U.S. restaurant. Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations * to the Feeding America network at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets. The five healthy kids meals in the ‘Feeding the Future’ program include:

1.Organic penne pasta with organic marinara sauce
2.Grilled chicken with baby carrots, strawberries and string cheese
3.Vegetable Ball with steamed vegetables
4.Chicken Ball with steamed vegetables
5.Swedish meatballs mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables

“Everyday, millions of Americans, including children, are struggling with hunger. IKEA U.S. is dedicated to supporting our local communities and customers by supporting our store markets local food banks. Collaborating with the Feeding America network, along with our commitment to healthy eating, benefits many in need,” commented Evamay Lawson, IKEA Community Relations Manager.

This year marks the fourth year of the ‘Feeding the Future’ program. To date the program has helped to secure almost 9 million meals to people who struggle with hunger.

•According to Feeding America, more than one out of six US children live in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

•At IKEA, children are the most important people in the world, so IKEA looks to support programs that make a difference in the lives of the many children. For this reason, IKEA is partnering again in 2017 with Feeding America to sponsor an annual in-store program – ‘Feeding the Future’ – which supports national local food banks.

•This partnership is a great way for IKEA US to reach local communities, support Feeding America’s child hunger programs, encourage healthy eating, as well as give our customers the opportunity to make a difference.

Feeding America Network of Food Banks
The process of getting food to people who struggle with hunger in America requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others who struggle with hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 4 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the issue of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
*.IKEA guarantees a maximum donation of $50,000 to Feeding America and member food banks from June 1 to June 30, 2017

About IKEA Group
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 340 IKEA stores in 28 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Contact:

Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

Source: IKEA

BJ’s Charitable Foundation commits to nourishing communities and helping families thrive with $1 million donation to Feeding America

BJ’s Charitable Foundation commits to nourishing communities and helping families thrive with $1 million donation to Feeding America

 

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 9, 2017) announced a $1 million donation from its foundation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. BJ’s donation will support local food banks on the East Coast by providing infrastructure to support growth and resources to handle additional perishable food.

This donation supports the BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s mission to bring a fresh approach to nourishing communities and helping families thrive.

Since 2009, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to Feeding America through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities® program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider and more diverse audiences. BJ’s $1 million donation to Feeding America is the foundation’s largest single donation to any organization to date.

“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re thrilled to support Feeding America with our foundation’s largest donation ever,” said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Every family should have access to fresh, nutritious food, and BJ’s is proud to partner with Feeding America to help make this a reality.”

In the United States, 72 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the U.S., according to ReFED, a nonprofit committed to reducing U.S. food waste. This loss occurs at every stage of the food production and distribution system—from farmers to packers and shippers, to manufacturers and retailers.

“There is enough food produced in this country to feed every person who struggles with hunger in America, and sadly much of it never makes it to the dinner table,” said Andy Wilson, chief development officer of Feeding America. “Unfortunately, many perishables are wasted because an inability or lack of bandwidth to rescue and redistribute the massive amount of food that’s discarded. Thanks to BJ’s Charitable Foundation, we can grow our infrastructure and help ensure more families have access to healthy meals before nutritious, fresh food heads to landfills.”

In addition to capacity building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 50 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items, and helped deliver 13 million meals to neighbors in need through the BJ’s Feeding Communities® program.

To learn more about the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and its Feeding Communities Program, visit bjs.com/charity.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

For further information:
Jennie Hardin
JHardin@bjs.com
774-512-6978

Kristy Houston
KHouston@bjs.com
774-512-5086

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

NGA launches the “Independents Day of Giving” campaign to help fight hunger and support Feeding America

National Grocers Association partners with Feeding America, Food Distributors to raise funds for local hunger-relief organizations

Arlington, VA, 2017-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 2, 2017), the National Grocers Association (NGA), along with the NGA Research and Education Foundation, launched the “Independents Day of Giving” campaign to help fight hunger and raise community awareness by supporting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with over 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries nationwide.

The campaign, in partnership with the Retail Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) and Making Change, will take place during the month of June, with a focus on June 21, the first day of summer, as a highlighted “Day of Giving,” where shoppers will be encouraged to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their grocery bill at independent supermarkets.Over 2,000 independent grocers have committed to participating in the inaugural Independents Day of Giving campaign.

“Too many families are forced to choose between feeding themselves and paying utilities, receiving medical care, or keeping a roof over their head,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director, NGA Research and Education Foundation. “With such strong ties to the communities they serve, independent grocers have the unique opportunity to make sure no one is put in that difficult situation.”

“Together, supermarket operators and the wholesalers that serve them work hard every day to support their communities. ROFDA is pleased to be a part of the Independents Day of Giving to highlight this work, maximize the impact of the independent supermarket industry, and show our nationwide commitment to this cause,” said Francis Cameron, president and CEO, ROFDA.

A recent study by Feeding America found that one in seven people struggles with hunger in the United States. The survey found that nearly 20.9 percent of children face food insecurity, compared to the nation’s overall food insecurity rate of 15.4 percent.

“While food banks are often flooded with donations during the winter months, many are in desperate need throughout summer when kids may lack access to school meal programs,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “By making a small contribution at the register, shoppers can help ensure their local food banks and pantries can better serve their communities,” Larkin commented.

The donations will be collected by Making Change, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and redistributed back into the local communities of each participating independent supermarket.

Each year, Feeding America supplies food to more than 46.5 million people in the U.S., including 12 million children and seven million seniors.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program to benefit GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program and Feeding America®

America’s Largest Domestic Hunger-Relief Organization and the Nation’s Largest Pet Food Donation Network are Assisting PetSmart Charities in Distributing the Bulk of the Expected 60 Million-Plus Meals* to Pets in Need; PetSmart Reporting Just-Launched Philanthropic Program Has Already Generated 7 Million MealsCITY,

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, announced today (April 6, 2017) that it is teaming up with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program and Feeding America®, two renowned national nonprofit organizations, to help deliver the bulk of the more than 60 million pet food meals* expected to be generated from PetSmart’s just-launched Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program.

Last month, in celebration of PetSmart’s 30th anniversary, the pet retailer launched the unprecedented Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program**, where it will give a meal to a pet in need for any and every bag of dog or cat food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, in its more than 1,500 stores and online at PetSmart.com and PetSmart.ca, including through its automatic subscription-based service available at PetSmart.com

Rescue Bank will help distribute the donated pet food to animal welfare organizations across the U.S. and Feeding America will disperse the donated pet food to select food banks across the nation – all to help feed pets in need. This collaboration marks Rescue Bank’s largest single partnership with a pet brand, and this is the largest pet food donation for Feeding America to date.

PetSmart Charities of Canada is also partnering with animal welfare organizations in Canada to distribute the anticipated 3.6 million meals* to pets in need in that country.

“When our partners at PetSmart shared this big idea to give back a meal for every bag purchased, we were overwhelmed by the generosity and thrilled to take on the challenge of distributing such a huge volume of pet food – an expected 60 million meals — to help pets in need across the U.S. and Canada. So we immediately started looking for leading national partners who might be able to help,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities.

“PetSmart’s program is unique in that it’s targeting a crucial necessity to feed pets in need in shelters and rescues, where a high percentage of them live, and also provide pet food assistance to families and individuals who are served by their local food pantries. We are thrilled to be working with Rescue Bank and Feeding America, important partners to help us get the pet food to the pets who need it in local communities across America,” said Haworth.

Rescue Bank annually distributes more than 40 million pet meals to its network of 1,900 shelter and rescue groups around the country. Pet food, especially cat food, is consistently the largest request Rescue Bank receives from its shelter and rescue partners.

“As a leader in supporting the animal rescue community with much-needed supplies and services, we couldn’t be more pleased to help PetSmart Charities donate pet food to thousands of rescue organizations across the U.S.,” said Elizabeth Asher, Rescue Bank’s executive director. “Pet food is a large operating expense for local animal welfare organizations. These donations help defray overall costs and allow them to focus on other ways to save more pets’ lives and improve the quality of life for pets in need.”

Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks that provides food and groceries through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs to more than 46 million Americans each year. According to the American Pet Products Association’s 2015-16 national pet owner survey, nearly 45 percent of the U.S. households have dogs and about 35 percent have cats as pets.

“As more families struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table,” said Bill Thomas, chief supply chain officer, product development at Feeding America. “We know that pets provide comfort to families and individuals, and those who are struggling financially more than likely will also need food for their pets. We are excited to partner with PetSmart Charities to help provide pet food assistance to these families in need.”

“We are tremendously proud of this new philanthropic program and pleased to report that this initiative has already generated 7 million meals to be donated to pets in need,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We are excited to begin distributing the much-needed pet food this spring and to continue with a steady stream of food donations thanks to pet parent purchases of dog and cat food bags in our stores and online and to PetSmart Charities and its alignment with these great pet food distribution partners, Feeding America and Rescue Bank.”

Eligible human services organizations that wish to be considered to receive pet food donations from the PetSmart Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program through PetSmart Charities are encouraged to connect with their local food bank using the food bank locator at www.feedingamerica.org; animal welfare organizations are asked to apply online at RescueBank.org. For Canadian animal welfare organizations interested in the donated pet food, please contact Dani Mailing, Regional Relationship Manager at PetSmart Charities of Canada via email: dmailing@petsmartcharities.org. For more information on the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, please visit PetSmart.com/giveameal.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com,  AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S.  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017.  For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter:@PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook:www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca

About Rescue Bank

Rescue Bank, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, operates on the national food bank model to community-based animal welfare groups that typically lack access to resources. Rescue Bank recognizes that these smaller, less-visible groups represent a substantial portion of America’s animal rescue resource.

Rescue Bank works with name-brand suppliers to deliver donated pet food for both the ongoing needs of more than 1,800 animal welfare organizations and the immediate needs of communities after disasters such as hurricanes, floods and fires. Since establishing its national network in 2011, Rescue Bank has delivered over 200 million meals of nutritious, wholesome pet food.

For more information visit http://rescuebank.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/RescueBank.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in theUnited States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs thatimprove food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; andadvocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.  Individuals, charities, businesses andgovernment all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

*The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

**For every bag of dog or cat dry food purchased at a PetSmart store, PetSmart.com or PetSmart.ca between 3/1/17 – 12/31/17, PetSmart will donate a meal (5 oz dog food; 1.5 oz cat food) to PetSmart Charities to help feed a pet in need. Visit www.PetSmart.com/giveameal for more information.

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Joy in Childhood Foundation to support Starlight Children’s Foundation and Feeding America® with $3 million commitment

Funding Reinforces the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Commitment to Providing Joy to Sick and Hungry Kids

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The newly-launched Joy in Childhood Foundation today (March 30, 2017) announced a three-year, $3 million commitment to two national charities – Starlight Children’s Foundation and Feeding America®. Both grants will focus on supporting programs that align with the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to help provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids.

“We’re proud to provide funding to both Feeding America and Starlight Children’s Foundation – two organizations that share our commitment to address some of the biggest challenges kids face today – hunger and health,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, Joy in Childhood Foundation. “Joy is a true need, particularly for children facing undue stress and a disrupted sense of normalcy. Through these grants, we will support innovative programs that will make a measureable impact on the lives of children who are living with hunger and health issues and provide them with more opportunities to experience moments of joy, even on their most difficult days.”

The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s $1.5 million grant to Starlight Children’s Foundation will support the building and development of Starlight Sites in select children’s hospitals nationwide. Starlight Sites remove the intimidation of a sterile hospital treatment room – where many seriously ill children undergo procedures – by transforming them into brighter and happier spaces to support the healing of pediatric patients and inspire kids to have fun. The funds will also support the charity’s Starlight Brave Gowns program which provides kids in hospitals with high-quality, comfortable and brightly-colored gowns to wear while undergoing treatment.

“The Joy in Childhood Foundation is bringing joy and comfort to hospitalized kids and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “By generously supporting Starlight Sites and Starlight Brave Gowns, the Joy in Childhood Foundation is providing a fun, positive experience that’s helping sick kids simply enjoy being kids.”

The Joy in Childhood Foundation had a longstanding partnership with Feeding America when it was formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. In the 2015-2016 school year alone, the Foundation funded 15 grants and provided more than 437,000 meals through grants made to Feeding America and its network of member food banks.

Through its continued work with Feeding America, the Joy in Childhood Foundation will award funds to food banks across the country over the next three years to help feed children in local communities who are facing hunger through critical Feeding America initiatives, including programs like the Backpack Program, which provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. Funding will also support the expansion of child hunger initiatives such as the Kids Cafe program which provides free meals and snacks to low-income children after school through a variety of community locations where children gather during the after school hours.

“We’re proud to mark the 10th anniversary of our partnership with a renewed commitment through the Joy in Childhood Foundation that will address the issue of childhood hunger which deprives kids of not only food but also energy to focus, engage, learn and grow,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Operations, Feeding America. “More than 13 million children nationwide face hunger. The grants that the Joy in Childhood Foundation is awarding to local food banks will help ensure that children in our communities have access to programs that help keep them healthy so that they can reach their full potential.”

Through funding and partnerships with children’s hospitals, food banks, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids, the Joy in Childhood Foundation helps children have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Through the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees, employees, vendors and guests, the Joy in Childhood Foundation raises funds to support partnerships with children’s hospitals, food banks, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids. To date, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has donated more than $12 million to hundreds of national and local charities.

To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $12 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight creates moments of comfort and joy for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Brave Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Feeding America and Sheetz launches Made-to-Share campaign during Hunger Action Month of September

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In September, Feeding America and Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, will launch the Made-to-Share campaign, which will help people who struggle with hunger. As part of this campaign, Sheetz will share the love by providing weekly product donations from each of its 530+ stores to Feeding America member food banks in the communities it serves. The Made-to-Share campaign will launch in September, during Hunger Action Month.

Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, with 200 member food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The strength of the network is critical to fulfilling its mission of feeding America’s hungry. Through the Made-to-Share program, Feeding America has aligned with Sheetz to establish a company-wide food donation program that will connect all 536 Sheetz stores with member food banks by the end of 2017. At scale, through this partnership, Sheetz will donate over 2.5 million pounds of food, which will create over two million meals for Americans who turn to Feeding America member food banks.

“Feeding America is thankful to Sheetz for its support of people who struggle with hunger,” said Eric Davis, managing director of retail product sourcing at Feeding America. “This partnership will help local food banks provide more food to people in need, especially people who reside in Sheetz’s rural footprint.”

Through local and national food-assistance programs, Feeding America is able to help provide food to Americans struggling with hunger; safe and nurturing places for children to have a meal; emergency assistance for disaster victims, as well as self-sufficiency programs for adults trying to break the cycle of poverty and hunger. During September’s Hunger Action Month, Feeding America asks everyone in the nation to take action to fight hunger in their community, and to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on the effort to feed more Americans than ever before.

“We are proud to partner with Feeding America in its mission to end hunger,” said Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz. “We can’t forget that even in a country as prosperous as America, millions of our neighbors go without food, many of them children. At Sheetz, we’ve found that we can help fill that void in the communities where we operate. We remain committed to ending hunger in our neighborhoods, streets and schools.”

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,000 employees. The company operates 536 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina.  Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information:
Bill Mayer
wmayer@sheetz.com

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Starbucks rolls out Starbucks® FoodShare program

Starbucks rolls out Starbucks® FoodShare program

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is rolling out Starbucks® FoodShare, a program to donate ready-to-eat meals to food banks from its U.S. company-operated stores, two years ahead of schedule.

When announcing the program in March, the company planned to complete the rollout of the program across its 7,600 company-operated stores by 2021. Now the company is accelerating the program to reach all participating U.S stores in three years instead of five.

“The response to Starbucks FoodShare has been so positive that we have determined we need to move even faster to serve more communities in need. Our store partners are telling us the need is urgent and we can do more,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Starbucks Global Responsibility, Community and Public Policy. “With Feeding America’s strategic partnership, we’re excited to announce that we are going to now try to achieve a national rollout two years faster than originally planned.”

In just its first few months, Starbucks FoodShare has already contributed more than 300,000 nourishing meals to people in need. In the Midwest, Southern California and Arizona, refrigerated food has been added to an existing pickup from the Food Donation Connection several times a week. In San Diego, Starbucks and Feeding America launched a pilot project to route a designated refrigerated truck to Starbucks stores daily to pick up any unsold food to deliver to agencies a few hours later. More than 2,400 U.S. Starbucks partners (employees) have helped by donating food every night as part of their store closing routine.

“Partners take great pride in being the catalyst for this program, they knew food that couldn’t be sold in our stores the next day, yet was still safe to consume, could serve a higher purpose. They are reminded of their impact every time they work a closing shift and put salads and sandwiches in the refrigerator instead of the trash for people who are hungry,” said Alyssa Edelen, Starbucks district manager in San Diego.

In partnership with Feeding America and Food Donation Connection, Starbucks intends to scale this program over the next three years and rescue 100 percent of its food available for donation from participating company-operated U.S. stores. In the first year alone, Starbucks FoodShare will be able to provide nearly 5 million meals to individuals and families in need of nourishing food. In partnership with Feeding America, Starbucks is set to on board more than 1,800 Starbucks stores sending meals to nine food banks over the next 12 months.

Hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans including 15 million children according to Feeding America.

On September 8, Hunger Action Day, Starbucks will host members of congress in the Capitol Hill Starbucks location who will participate in the FoodShare process and learn more about the program’s origin with Starbucks baristas. A panel discussion with Feeding America, Capital Area Food Bank and Starbucks leaders will follow, to discuss the critical role that food rescue plays in hunger relief.

Just days before Hunger Action Month launches, Starbucks partners in San Diego are gearing up to celebrate the successful rollout of the San Diego market FoodShare program with a fitting team activity – they are gathering to volunteer at a local Feeding America Food Bank.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Kroger announces new health and wellness campaign with The Little Clinic and Feeding America®

CINCINNATI, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced a new health and wellness campaign in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. From August 15, 2016 through April 1, 2017 Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations.

“At Kroger, receiving the flu shot this year will do more than protect you and your families’ health. Throughout this flu season, we’ll provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger for every flu shot administered in our pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations nationwide,” said Philecia Avery, Kroger’s vice president of Pharmacy. “Kroger has a long history of bringing help and hope to our neighbors in need in the communities we serve. We’re proud to continue that tradition by bringing health and wellness to our local communities, as well.”

Every year in the United States more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized by influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October. Flu shots can reduce the risk of more serious symptoms and outcomes, including flu-related hospitalizations.

“Our goal is to provide quality and affordable healthcare for our customers,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of The Little Clinic. “Healthcare experts recommend a yearly vaccination as the best protection from the flu. This campaign allows us to address two community needs simultaneously.”

“Kroger is a true visionary partner committed to our mission to feed people facing hunger in America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “This new health and wellness campaign is invaluable not only for Kroger customers, but also for the 46 million food-insecure Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks.”

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs in communities throughout America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About The Little Clinic
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., The Little Clinic is a pioneer in customer-focused healthcare with a mission to provide quality, convenient, affordable healthcare and wellness education. A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., The Little Clinic health care clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado; Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona; and JayC stores in Indiana. The Little Clinic was awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ in 2009 and obtained reaccreditation in 2012 and 2015. Visit The Little Clinic online at www.thelittleclinic.comwww.facebook.com/thelittleclinic and www.thelittleclinic.blogspot.com.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Media Contact:

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

 

SOURCE: Kroger

SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger

SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger
SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives for Feeding America were on hand last evening at SUPERVALU’s 2016 National Expo to accept a $100,000 donation in support of the organization’s mission to end hunger. The donation was made possible through the collective efforts of SUPERVALU, and the independent grocery retailers and consumer packaged goods companies attending and exhibiting at this year’s Expo.

“All of the grocery retailers and companies involved in this effort know how important it is to give back to their communities,” said Mike Stigers, SUPERVALU Executive Vice President, Wholesale. “With this in mind, we thought the Expo provided the perfect opportunity to join together for the first time to make a difference for hunger relief in the communities where we live and work.”

The donation was presented to Bob Chatmas, chief operating officer of Second Harvest Heartland, a Minneapolis-St. Paul Feeding America member food bank, prior to a Wednesday night celebration featuring a performance by singer, songwriter and platinum record producer Andy Grammer, who has partnered with Feeding America to raise awareness for hunger relief as a member of its Entertainment Council.

Joining Stigers in the check presentation were National Grocers Association President and CEO Peter Larkin, Todd Tillemans, Executive Vice President of Customer Development at Unilever, and Brian Audette, Senior Vice President, Sales, Merchandising and Marketing at SUPERVALU.

“One in seven Americans struggles to get enough food to eat,” said Audette, who is also a Second Harvest Heartland board member. “This donation will make a tangible impact by providing food for those in need. For every $1 received, Feeding America is able to help provide 11 meals to people facing hunger. We are so grateful to the collective efforts of SUPERVALU and all of the independent grocery retailers and companies at the National Expo who helped to make this donation possible.”

Feeding America is the nation’s leading hunger relief organization with 200 member food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Together, they provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,342 stores composed of 1,773 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the company’s food distribution business; 1,368 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 896 are operated by licensee owners; and 201 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 18, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU, visit www.supervalu.com

About Feeding America:
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Contact:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

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IKEA’s Feeding the Future raised $351,605 in just one month to support Feeding America

Over $351,605 raised in just one month – enough to provide over 3 million meals

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US thanks its customers for their generous contributions to the IKEA in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’, a campaign that supports Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. The campaign which ran June 1–30, 2015 to support local Feeding America food banks raised $351,605,* enough to buy over 3 million meals for children and their families in our local communities.

Each $1 donation from every IKEA healthy kids meal purchased in an IKEA restaurant during the ‘Feeding the Future’ campaign went to the ‘Feeding the Future’ program to support local Feeding America food banks. Additionally, IKEA customers were able to add $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets.

“We are quite pleased our US customers supported our ‘Feeding the Future’ program, in collaboration with Feeding America, and realized the value and importance of supporting our local community’s food banks. IKEA is committed to healthy eating and working along with Feeding America helps to not only support those in need, but gives our customers a opportunity to also get involved with their local food banks,” commented Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

*This number includes $307,634 from customer donations and $43,971 from healthy meals sold.

Feeding America Food Bank Network

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Hunger Facts

  • In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
  • Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger are serious threats to children’s health, growth and development. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
  • In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director. Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA
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 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit ttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

IKEA to sponsor an in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’ to support local Feeding America food banks

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today that it is collaborating again with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to sponsor an in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’ that runs June 1 – 30 to support local Feeding America food banks.

The ‘Feeding the Future’ IKEA US program will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in any IKEA US restaurant. Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets. Added donations will go to Feeding America and its network of food banks.* The three healthy kids meals in the ‘Feeding the Future’ program include:

  1. Organic penne pasta with organic marinara sauce
  2. Grilled chicken with carrot sticks, strawberries and string cheese
  3. Veggie meatballs with vegetables

(All healthy kids’ meals come with lingonberry, elderflower juice drink or a bottle of water.)

“There are 49 million people in America who struggle with hunger, including 12 million children. This is an issue that impacts every single county in the country” said Nancy Curby, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “With IKEA’s commitment, our food banks will be able to better serve children and families who may not know where there next meal will come from.”

“Our ‘Feeding the Future’ program, in collaboration with Feeding America, is a way for IKEA US to support our local communities as well as Feeding America’s hunger programs. IKEA is committed to healthy eating and working along with Feeding America helps to support those in need, while also giving our customers the opportunity to support their local food banks,” commented Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

Feeding America Food Bank Network

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Hunger Facts

  • In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
  • Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger are serious threats to children’s health, growth and development. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
  • In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

*IKEA donation up to a maximum of $50,000 not including direct customer contributions.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director. Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA
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 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit ttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

7‑Eleven, Inc. joins Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for families in need

Customers Can Pay it Forward by Donating Bananas to Local Feeding America Food® Banks

DALLAS, 2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. is joining the Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for food-insecure individuals and families in the U.S. To participate, 7‑Eleven®customers can purchase two Del Monte bananas for $1, which will be donated to Feeding America and distributed through its network of  local food banks to families in need.

For every two bananas donated by a customer, 7‑Eleven also will contribute an additional dime for the Feeding America network, up to $100,000. The campaign runs from Nov. 6 through Dec. 2, 2014.

“Too many families suffer from hunger in our country, and this is a quick and easy way 7‑Eleven and the people who shop our stores can help,” said Nancy Smith, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of merchandising. “Fresh produce is always highly requested at food banks and is important to good nutrition, especially for children. Our goal is to donate, with the help of our customers, bunches of bananas before the end of the year.”

Customers who make a contribution at their local 7‑Eleven store can choose to sign a holiday donation recognition card to be displayed in the store during the campaign. The retailer hopes to donate at least 2 million bananas to local food banks through the holiday campaign.

“This holiday season 7‑Eleven will support our focus on providing more nutrient-rich food choices for our clients,” said Nancy Curby, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “This program provides a way for consumers to get involved in one of the most pressing issues our country is facing and support hunger-relief efforts at such a vital time.”

The mission of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, is to feed America’s hungry through a national network of 200 member food banks and engage the country in the fight to solve hunger. Its member food banks supply food to more than 46.5 million Americans each year, including children and seniors.

“Food is an important part of the holiday season,” Smith said, “and we wanted to give our customers an opportunity to make a simple gift of food to the needy households in their community this Thanksgiving.”

7- Eleven is promoting its “banana benevolence” campaign on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Because the banana donations are tax-deductible, customers should ask a store associate for a receipt.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc. 
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2014; #6 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven, Inc. joins Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for families in need