Stater Bros. launches campaign to support food banks and non-profit agencies in serving families in need this holiday season

Stater Bros. launches campaign to support food banks and non-profit agencies in serving families in need this holiday season

 

San Bernardino, California, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throughout the months of November and December, Stater Bros. in conjunction with its charitable arm Stater Bros. Charities will be “Harvesting Hope“  in the valued communities Stater Bros. serves. All 171 Stater Bros. supermarket locations will provide four convenient ways for customers and employees to help their friends and neighbors in need this holiday season.

  • “Bag of Hope” Donation Cards – “Bag of Hope” donation cards are available for purchase at each check stand.  Funds collected through the “Bag of Hope” donation cards will provide fresh and healthy food and funding to our food bank partners and holiday campaign beneficiaries.
  • Nonperishable Food Donations – Food donation barrels are also available at all store locations for those customers who’d like to donate nonperishable food items.  Most needed items include canned tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit (in water or light syrup), and whole grain cereal.
  • Coin Canisters – Monies collected through the coin canisters at each check stand during November and December, will support low income seniors, veterans, families and children in need. Stater Bros. Charities will present these funds to qualified food banks and feeding programs in the seven Southern California counties served by Stater Bros. Supermarkets.
  • Salvation Army Red Kettles – The traditional Salvation Army Red Kettles will be in front of all Stater Bros. supermarkets from November 13th through December 24th collecting nickels, dimes and quarters to help those who are most vulnerable in the community where the donations are made.

“Stater Bros. has always believed in not just doing business in the community but being part of the community and we are proud to partner with area food banks and local non-profit agencies to serve the needs of our local communities,” said Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.

Annual food drive partners and holiday campaign beneficiaries include Community Action Partnership – Kern County, Desert Manna, Feeding America Serving Riverside l San Bernardino Counties, FIND Food Bank, Inland Empire Desert Communities United Way, Inland Harvest Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and The Salvation Army.

About Stater Bros. Charities: 

Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, help for our nation’s veterans and active service members.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.

About Stater Bros. Markets:

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit staterbros.com.

Source:  Stater Bros. Markets

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Price Rite Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign raised more than $135,000 for Greater Boston and Rhode Island Food Banks

Price Rite Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign raised more than $135,000 for Greater Boston and Rhode Island Food Banks

 

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Team members from Price Rite presented checks totaling more than $135,000 to representatives of The Greater Boston Food Bank and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank from funds raised during the supermarket chain’s annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign.

Representatives from both food banks accepted the donations at Price Rite stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Associates are pictured below presenting a check for $65,000 on July 24 to representatives from The Greater Boston Food Bank.  An additional donation of $500 was presented on behalf of Price Rite of Swansea for its finish as the third top-fundraising store across all 64 Price Rite locations.

Team members from the Price Rite of Providence in Rhode Island also presented a check for $70,030 to representatives from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

From October – December 2016, Price Rite stores banded together to collect donations at checkout, raising over $250,000 for food banks across nine states to support the fight against hunger. The supermarket chain has raised over $1.4 million for the Check-Out Hunger initiative since 2002.

The supermarket chain contributes approximately $500,000 annually to local food banks and food pantries to benefit local families in need within the communities its stores serves. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community. Price Rite stores that contributed to The Greater Boston Food Bank donation include its Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Seekonk, South New Bedford, Stoughton and Swansea, MA locations.

About Price Rite

Price Rite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite opened its first store in West Springfield, MA in 1995 and currently operates 64 grocery stores while employing more than 4,000 people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Price Rite offers expanded produce departments and a curated selection of quality food products at exceptional prices. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community.  For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

Source: Price Rite

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Independent grocers call on shoppers to donate to help support local food banks

More than 1,600 independent grocers from across the nation urge shoppers to donate $1, $3, or $5 at the register to support their local food banks and pantries

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGAREF), and Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) recognized today (June 21, 2017) as the “Independents Day of Giving” to help fight hunger and raise community awareness with more than 1,600 independent grocers across the country participating.

Shoppers have been encouraged to add $1, $3, or $5 donations to their grocery bill throughout the month of June, with a focus on June 21, the first day of summer. Each contribution will help support local food banks that are members of the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.

“Contrary to popular belief, the highest demand for food is during the summer after the holiday food drives end and the same people who were hungry on Christmas are still hungry in June,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Locally-owned independent supermarkets have a long history of giving back to the communities they serve and are eager to work with shoppers to help restock their neighborhood’s food pantry by making a small contribution at the register.”

A comprehensive report on hunger, “Hunger in America 2014,” found that the Feeding America network serves one in eight people – or 46.6 million – each year. The USDA estimates that one in six children – 17.9 percent – faces food insecurity, compared to the nation’s overall food insecurity rate of 13.4 percent.

“With children on break from school, families facing food insecurity are forced to find an additional two meals for their kids each day,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director, NGA Research and Education Foundation. “That means finding an extra $300 for groceries when kids are out of school, which isn’t feasible for many families.”

More than 22 million children in the United States receive free or reduced-price school lunches and just four million – or just 18 percent – receive free meals in the summer when school meals are not as readily available, according to 2016 USDA report on the National School Lunch Program.

“One of the most important missions of any supermarket operator and the wholesalers that serve them is to feed the families and support their communities,” said Francis Cameron, president and CEO, ROFDA. “We’re excited to maximize the impact of the independent supermarket industry and give back to their communities.”

“Children need good nutrition all year long. When school lets out, millions of children no longer have readily available access to a healthy school breakfast or lunch,” said Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change. “We are delighted to join NGA and ROFDA for this vital, life-saving initiative to fill the gap for our children so they can reach for their dreams.”

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 by Feeding America.

For an interactive map of participating independent supermarkets, click HERE.

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

Source: NGA

Hannaford’s Help Fight Hunger Campaign raises $1.3M For Local Pantries and Food Banks

Scarborough, Maine, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hannaford Supermarkets today (03/15/2017) announced that it will soon deliver more than 11,500 cases of food to hunger relief organizations, as the final piece of its Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger campaign.  The program raised more than $1.3 in food and cash for local pantries and food banks.

The upcoming deliveries to food banks include more than 21,000 cans of vegetables, 7,000 boxes of oat cereal, 15,000 jars of peanut butter and 17,000 boxes of spaghetti.  The donations take place at a time of year when many pantries and food banks see a dip in donations.

In addition to these donations, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger generated $1 million in food staples for local pantries through the sale of “Fight Hunger” boxes filled with nutritious items and another $58,000 in cash donations.  Hannaford also donated more than $100,000 to local food pantries, giving money to organizations in each of the communities served by Hannaford.

“Hannaford Supermarkets is committed to working throughout the year with local food pantries and food banks in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts to ensure all those who are at risk of going hungry have access to the nutritious food they need,” said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman.  “We are proud that this donation of 11,558 cases of food will provide thousands of meals to those who are struggling financially.”

The program took place during the 2016 holiday season.  Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger holiday campaigns have raised more than $7.8 million in food and cash since it began in 2008.

strong>About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

Contact:
Eric Blom
207-885-3132

Source: Hannaford Supermarkets

PetSmart launches its biggest philanthropic campaign in its 30-year history

For Every Bag of Dog or Cat Food Purchased, PetSmart Will Donate a Meal to Pets in Need*

PHOENIX, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart announced today the launch of its new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need served by pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks. PetSmart said it expects to contribute more than 60 million meals** under this philanthropic program – its biggest philanthropic campaign in its 30-year history. The program will run March 1 – December 31, 2017.

PetSmart carries a wide range of dog and cat food brands and its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program includes all brands and sizes of dog and cat food bags purchased at the 1,500-plus PetSmart stores, as well as online at PetSmart.com and PetSmart.ca. Nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities® plans to collaborate with national nonprofits to help effectively distribute the pet food directly to pets in need.

“At PetSmart we love pets and we believe they make us better people. To celebrate our 30 years of continued commitment to helping pets in need every day and as a trusted partner to pet parents everywhere, we want to celebrate by giving back even more,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Throughout 2017, every time pet parents purchase any bag of dog or cat food in our stores or online, they can rest assured they are also helping feed pets in need. When their pets eat, pets in need eat, too. It’s that simple.”

According to David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, up to 7 million pets enter shelters every year across North America. While these pets await adoption and their forever homes, they need access to pet food, making pet food a significant operating expense for animal welfare organizations. According to a recent PetSmart Charities survey involving nearly 1,800 of its animal welfare partners across North America, only 20 percent of these organizations receive pet food donations and about 8 percent are on contract with pet food brands to receive subsidized pet food.

As well, Haworth noted not all pets in need live at shelters and many are with their families, who are served by food banks and pantries. According to some national food banks, it is estimated that one in seven Americans rely on these facilities. Pet food is a rare offering in human food bank programs and is not an eligible item for purchase through most food assistance programs. As a result some families in need often sacrifice their own food, feeding their beloved pets human food to ensure they have something to eat.

“We are proud to team up with PetSmart on this important philanthropic initiative in celebration of its 30 years in business,” said Haworth. “These food donations are key to helping animal welfare organizations free up precious resources so they can continue their life-saving work, as well as deliver pet food as an option at food banks and pantries. We look forward to seeing the impact this significant pet food donation will make to close the gap on this critical and essential need in animal welfare.”

For 30 years, PetSmart, with its non-profit partner, PetSmart Charities, has been a leader in adoption, saving more than 7.3 million pets’ lives — more adoptions than any other brick-and-mortar organization.  PetSmart Charities is the leading funder of animal welfare across North America, donating more funding support — about $300 million to date — to help pets in need.

Visit PetSmart.com or PetSmart.ca to find the store nearest you or to shop online. For more information on PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, see PetSmart.com/giveameal and PetSmart.ca/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 204 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, 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

* 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.** Actual donation based on dog and cat food bag sales.  Meal donation goal based on historic sales for similar time period. No guaranteed amount.

SOURCE: PetSmart

Contacts:

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

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Food For Families has launched its Summer Fresh Drive, designed to raise funds and increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.

During the school year, 21 million children from financially challenged homes in the United States eat a school lunch every day. The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer and fresh, healthy produce is in extreme short supply.Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities.“We know fresh fruits and vegetables are critical to individual health, so it’s with great pride that we offer our customers a way to help create wellness in their communities,” said Becca Whitman, Food For Families Executive Director. “Our customers and vendors are incredibly generous to our program- and with their support, we can offer fresh fruits and vegetables to all.”

Every dollar counts- community members can help provide produce to food banks in their neighborhoods. Throughout the month of July, every Raley’s, Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods will be participating in a summer donation drive. A $1 donation will help provide fresh fruits and veggies to a local food bank and will be matched by Raley’s, up to $25,000. Last summer, customers, team member and businesses raised over $600,000 to fight hunger in their communities.
“We see first-hand how hard summer months can be on local families, who rely on school breakfasts or lunches during school months,” shares Blake Young, President/CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “Fresh produce and other items from Raley’s Food For Families make a tremendous impact at our food distributions during the summer months. SFBFS serves over 130,000 men, women and children each month and the food from Raley’s Food for Families is greatly appreciated by the families we serve.”

This year, Raley’s Food For Families program celebrates 30 years. The program is an integral part of feeding those in need, in communities throughout Northern California and Nevada. The Summer Fresh Drive will provide fresh, nutritious produce – getting real food to real families.

Some Fresh Facts:
• 49 million Americans are food insecure – many of them children.
• 37 million Americans are being served by food banks and soup kitchens.
• 40% of people receiving emergency food assistance are also employed.
• Families facing hunger are far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet.
• 90% of at-risk youth don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables on a regular basis fact
• Hunger and obesity can be a deadly pair.

About Food For Families
The Food For Families program started in 1986 and has raised over $33 million and donated over 24 million pounds of food to families in need. 100% of the funds go to fighting hunger; every penny donated goes directly to feeding families, and none to expenses, fees or traditional overhead, all of which are absorbed by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. For more information, visit www.foodforfamilies.org

About Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Raley’s is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source. Raley’s was founded in 1935 by Thomas P. Raley and is a major grocery chain best known for high quality products, fresh produce, fine meats and outstanding customer service. Raley’s strives to make its customers’ lives easier and better by delivering a personalized food shopping experience. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

 

Source: Raley’s

Colruyt Group expands collaboration with the Food Banks

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Due to positive results from a first test in four Walloon branches, Colruyt Group is expanding their collaboration with the Food Banks. Both parties have a unique system set up in Belgium: fifteen Colruyt stores in Belgium, spread out in accordance to need, will make their unsold foodstuffs available to local organisations associated with the Food Banks. This will add up to approximately 450 tonnes of food to be distributed. Within the year, both parties will evaluate to see if the supply matches the demand, and make adjustments where necessary. Colruyt Group has been collaborating with the Food Banks since 1997; they donate unsold foodstuffs from the distribution centre Dassenveld (Halle) and organise a yearly food drive among their customers. The three collection systems will continue to exist simultaneously.

Matching supply to demand

Specifically, Colruyt Group and the Food Banks have identified 15 Belgian stores that are best suited to meet the demands, based on their geographical location and the needs of the local organisations. The Food Banks will serve as intermediary between the stores and these organisations, and they will organise the collection process. They will also oversee the different organisations and keep an eye on proper observance of the cold chain, compliance with the rules as set by the FASFC, and the actual distribution of the foodstuffs to the less fortunate. The stores involved will sort and collect these products early in the morning. The packages will be prepared and stored in a refrigerator and will be normally be picked up by the organisation at the time of the store opening, every weekday, including Saturday. Last year, Colruyt Group and the Food Banks performed a first test in four stores in Walloon. Between 2 and 3 tonnes of food per store per month were donated to the food banks because of this.

In addition, Colruyt Group will devote special attention to the local organisations’ waste management in order to prevent downstream food waste.

Four days

Colruyt Group will also ensure the quality of the foodstuffs. The company has great expertise in the area of inventory management, thanks to an automated supply system that enables us to sell 97.45% of the fresh and frozen products that have been shipped to stores. With a view to decreasing customers’ food waste, fresh products are removed from the shelves four days before their expiry date, in all stores. This means the organisations will get products that are well before their expiry date. This system will also enable us to expand our donations to fruit and vegetables that are still edible, but not aesthetically pleasing enough to offer to customers, or that have damaged packaging. Alfons De Vadder, delegate director for the Federation of Food Banks: “Our continuing concern is not just to collect enough food to meet the ever-increasing demand, but also to ensure a product supply that is as varied as possible. This means we’re looking forward to collaborating with Colruyt Group for several reasons.”

Social involvement

The collaboration with the Food Banks is nothing new. Colruyt Group has been donating unsold foodstuffs that were still legally sellable to the Food Banks since 1997. These foodstuffs are brought to the Dassenveld Distribution Centre in Halle. After quality control, they are picked up by the Food Banks and distributed to social restaurants, shelters, and other social initiatives. The Food Banks received an estimated 405 tonnes of food this way in 2015.

Colruyt Group is also eager to involve their customers in the movement. Each year, Colruyt gives them the opportunity to contribute to the Food Banks with a food drive. This year, the campaign collected 229 tonnes of food for the Food Banks.

It is important to note that the three collection systems will continue simultaneously. The distribution directly from the 15 stores to local associations should guarantee them 450 tonnes of food products.

“We at Colruyt Group feel it is our duty to combat food waste, which causes so much unnecessary loss both financially and environmentally, as much as possible,” says Tony De Bock, director of Know-how – Products – Retail at Colruyt Group. “For that, we need effective logistics and inventory management, proper redistribution of the unsold foodstuffs, as well as social commitment. This allows us to prove that our economic ambitions positively impact society and the environment. That is our vision for sustainable entrepreneurship.”

Contact
Hanne Poppe
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

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.

Haggen Pacific Southwest to donate more than 1m pounds of food to local food banks from the 100 new store openings throughout California, Arizona and Nevada

HAGGEN DONATING 1 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS AS PART OF NEW STORE OPENINGS IN CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA AND NEVADA

Haggen Continues Tradition of Giving Back In Partnership with Feeding America To Support Communities Surrounding 100 New Pacific Southwest Stores

Irvine, Calif.,  2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continuing a long history of giving back to the communities it serves, Haggen Pacific Southwest is donating more than one million pounds of food to local food banks from the 100 new stores the West Coast regional grocery chain is converting throughout California, Arizona and Nevada this spring. Haggen’s donation represents more than 833,333 meals to help feed the hungry. The donations began with the opening of the first Haggen store in California on March 11 in Carlsbad and will continue until June 20 when the final three stores open in Carpinteria, Long Beach and Santa Barbara.

Donated items from departments throughout each store include everything from fresh produce, baked goods, deli items and dairy, to meat, dry, canned and packaged goods. Initial recipients of Haggen food donations include, among others:

  • City of Refuge of San Diego
  • East County San Diego Transitional Living Center
  • Feeding America San Diego
  • Helping Hands of Orange County
  • Grateful Hearts of Orange County
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • David’s Episcopal San Diego
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

“Our commitment to supporting local extends beyond sourcing and into the communities around our stores,” said Bill Shaner, Haggen Pacific Southwest CEO. “We are always looking for ways we can get involved and give back, providing hunger relief, educating our youth and promoting our core value of sustainability. We’re a grocery store and, above all else, we’re here to feed families, whether that’s through the great stores we run or partnering with Feeding America to help those in need.”

“The Feeding America network provides more than three billion meals each year to families facing hunger, thanks to the help of generous partners like Haggen,” said Bill Thomas, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Feeding America. “We are grateful to Haggen for providing meals for people in need and for raising awareness of hunger in the communities they serve.”

With each store opening, Haggen is also partnering with 100 local non-profits, donating a total of $100,000 across 100 stores opening in approximately 100 days.

Local store leadership is involved in guiding the process to help make a meaningful impact in their communities. Recipients to date include, among others: Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club in Palmdale; Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga; Clear View Elementary School in Chula Vista; La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad; Lakeside Union School District and Granite Hills High School in El Cajon; Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach; Pacific Beach Elementary School in San Diego; Southern Ravens, The League of Dreams and Van Home Elementary School in Bakersfield; Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind in Tujunga; and Travis Ranch School in Yorba Linda. Non-profits interested in learning more about Haggen’s community giving should visit haggen.com/grow-community/our-local-community to complete an online inquiry form and submit information about their organization.

Haggen is undergoing an unprecedented expansion from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. To date, Haggen Southwest has opened 66 new stores in California and will be opening an additional 34 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada in May and June.

Guests who visit their local Haggen, snap a photo of their filled grocery cart and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtags ‪#‎OneStopShop and ‪#‎HaggenSouthwestSweeps have the chance to win a $50 gift card now through June 15. See official rules for Haggen “What’s In Your Cart” and “Favorite Haggen Find” Sweepstakes @ http://bit.ly/1e4iBqb. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, shoppers at new Haggen Southwest stores will also enjoy three-day sales with discounts on popular items across each department. Check in-store and online at Haggen social feeds every Friday to see what new Fresh Deals will be offered throughout each weekend.Facebook.com/haggensouthwestinstagram.com/haggensouthwesttwitter.com/haggensouthwest.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores and establishing a second headquarters in Irvine, California. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com, find us on Facebook or follow Haggen Southwest on 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.

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Peapod by Stop & Shop donates $10,000 on its drivers’ behalf to food banks in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Quincy, MA, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the arrival of spring, residents in the Northeast are breathing a collective sigh of relief, happy to bid farewell to one of the most trying winters on record. To recognize the outstanding efforts of its drivers who have been on the frontlines of Mother Nature’s fury, Peapod by Stop & Shop is donating $10,000 on its drivers’ behalf to food banks in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

“Like our team, we know food banks were stretched to their limits during the brutal winter months,” said Peg Merzbacher, Vice President of Regional Marketing for Peapod. From a record-setting 108.6 inches of snow in Boston to downright nasty temperatures across the Eastern seaboard, this was by far the most challenging winter for Peapod’s business which revolves around timely delivery to both homes and businesses.”

“Of course we had to make tough calls to suspend deliveries during some of the bigger storms, but our drivers gave 110% to keep service as reliable as possible under these circumstances,” continued Merzbacher. “To express our gratitude, and support the food banks in the communities where our drivers live and work – many of which also felt the results of the harsh winter weather – we’re making a donation to three area food banks on our drivers’ behalf.”

Recipient food banks include The Greater Boston Food Bank, the Connecticut Food Bank and Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “For every $1 donated, The Greater Boston Food Bank can provide three healthy meals to those in need. Peapod’s donation will provide nearly 10,000 nutritious meals to those we serve. As residents of eastern Massachusetts recover from a trying winter, this is greatly appreciated,” said Courtney Johanson, Director of Marketing Communications for The Greater Boston Food Bank.

Peapod by Stop & Shop is also asking its customers to show their appreciation for drivers’ efforts by nominating their delivery person for a Peapod Pros on the Road Facebook shout-out. “Each month we salute a driver that has gone above and beyond, and we know there are many to be recognized,” explained Merzbacher. “It’s a small thing, but it means a lot to the recipients.”

Fans can nominate their drivers and share any outstanding stories of winter efforts on the Peapod Facebook wall, Facebook.com/PeapodDelivers.

About Peapod
Peapod – an Ahold USA company – is the country’s leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets throughout Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy households, today Peapod has delivered more than 30 million grocery orders. Customers can order online or on Peapod’s free mobile app for delivery to homes and workplaces or pick-up at many convenient locations. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (1.800.573.2763), e-mail service@peapod.com or visit www.peapod.com.

Contacts:
Peg Merzbacher
617-770-6259
peg.merzbacher@ahold.com

Jessica Becker
617.585.5776
jbecker@360pr.com

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