A community partnership
to support neighbors in need
Since mid-July, when we launched our Giving Together program, through mid-January of 2021, customers have donated more than $148,000 to area food banks to help their neighbors facing food insecurity.
Over the summer, we partnered with food banks in each of the communities we serve to support short- and long-term food needs. With massive unemployment and COVID restrictions, food banks across the country have been met with unprecedented need. It’s been heartbreaking so see scenes on television of cars lined up for miles to get food. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest survey found that about 10 percent of American adults reported they “sometimes or often” didn’t have enough to each within the past week – up from 4.4 million people to 22.3 million.
We launched the program in July with a 10-day food drive in all six of our markets, making a $25,000 donation to our partner food banks and providing a bridge for food banks to pantry items at cost through our distribution channels. We continue the effort by giving customers an easy way to donate money to their local food bank at the check stands (and our IT folks are working on a way to automate that – coming soon). We hope to sponsor a food drive in our markets for the holidays. Watch our emails and social media for dates. We’ve asked the Food Banks to give us lists of the food they specifically need.
“This program is as much a partnership with our customers as with the food banks,” said Susan Allen, shareholder and Senior Director of Brand Development. “We asked ourselves who we can be for our communities in this time of need, and the Giving Together program is the result of those conversations.”
The core of the Giving Together program will be monetary donations that customers may make when purchasing groceries, with 100% of donations going directly to each community’s food bank.
The community food banks supported through the Giving Together program are Helpline House on Bainbridge Island, Fishline in Poulsbo, Ballard Food Bank in Seattle, Salt of the Earth in Mill Creek and Food Lifeline serving Shoreline and Lakemont.
Our company’s vision statement is “Nourishing the Quality of Life,” and more than ever before that includes ensuring that all families in our communities have the nourishment they need.