· With school almost out for the summer, many children and their families are at risk of experiencing food insecurity, lacking the basic nutrients necessary to live active, healthy lives. Simultaneously, food agencies typically experience the greatest need to serve children who are out of school during the summer months, leading to low inventories across the country.
· In order to combat food insecurity, on June 26th, Grocery Outlet will launch its 9th Annual Independence from Hunger (IFH) national food drive campaign.
· The campaign collects food and cash donations in-store at Grocery Outlet’s 300+ stores through the end of July that will be distributed directly to local food agencies across the country.
· Online donations support the Bay Area community through Grocery Outlet’s partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
· In 2017, Grocery Outlet more than doubled their donations from the previous year, raising over $1 million. Last year, together with your help, we raised $1.7 million. This year our goal is to raise $2 million dollars worth of cash & food for our community food agencies.
The most recent USDA data reports that 40 million people live in food insecure households, including 12.5 million children.
Source: USDA, Household Food Security in the United States in 2017
· The USDA reports that one in every six Americans experiences food insecurity and 40.6 million Americans were reported as living at or below the poverty level in 2016.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. - Data collected in 2016 and released September 2017
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Give $5, get $5. Donate $5 or more in a single transaction in-store or online and you will receive a coupon for $5 off a future purchase of $25 or more.
- Go to your local Grocery Outlet store and pick up a pre-made bag that is filled with an assortment of the groceries that have been identified as needed.
- Tell your cashier you want to make a cash donation at the register. Donations will go directly to that store’s local food agency partner. Donate $1, $5 or round up your change.
- Join the events at your local store to support the Independence from Hunger food drive.
- Donate online by visiting GroceryOutlet.com/Donate.
- Online donations support the Bay Area community through our partnership with Alameda County Community Food Bank
ABOUT KYLE NOBLE:
Kyle has been with Grocery Outlet over 4 years, building sales-driving tools and programs for Regional Marketing. He spearheads key initiatives including grand opening planning and communications, the annual Independence from Hunger Food Drive, and driving marketing innovation for the store operator community.
Join Kari Steele as she speaks to Kyle Noble, the Senior Manager of Regional Marketing and Communications more about "Independence from Hunger."