Haggen Launches Community Food Drive
Washington-based grocer helps feed the communities near its stores
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — October 19, 2016 — Haggen, a passionate supporter of Northwest farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, has launched its annual Feed the Need Community Food Drive.
As the need in Haggen communities continues to grow, food bank visits have increased 50 percent in the last five years. One in seven households regularly uses the food bank. The goal this year is to collect and donate at least 300,000 pounds of food.
All stores will collect donations from now until Tuesday, October 25. Customers can make a monetary donation at any check stand or donate shelf-stable goods in the stores. Customers can also purchase pre-loaded bags for $5 which contain pantry staples that will be donated. Each bag has close to $8 worth of products.
“The need for hunger relief in our community is greater than it’s been in the 83 years we’ve been donating to local food banks,” said Kaily Hetherton, Marketing Event Coordinator at Haggen. “We’re proud to have organized food drives for more than 20 years to help our neighbors in need, and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of our customers.”
The food banks benefitting from the drive include:
|City||Name of Food Bank|
|Meridian||Bellingham Food Bank|
|Burlington||Helping Hands Food Bank|
|Lake Tapps||Sumner Community Food bank|
|Oak Harbor||North Whidbey Help House|
|Fairhaven||Hillcrest Chapel (Southside Food Bank)|
|Olympia||Thurston County Food Bank|
|Sehome||Bellingham Food Bank|
|Barkley||Bellingham Food Bank|
|Stanwood||Stanwood-Camano Food Bank|
|Snohomish||Snohomish Community Food Bank|
|Ferndale||Ferndale Food Bank|
|Woodinville||Maltby Food Bank|
|Mt. Vernon||Skagit Valley Neighbors in Need|
|Lake Stevens||Lake Stevens Community Food Bank|
|Marysville||Marysville Community Food Bank|
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. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable food economy. Haggen’s 15 Washington stores include five stores in Whatcom County, two stores in Skagit County, four stores in Snohomish County, and locations in Oak Harbor, Woodinville, Lake Tapps, and Olympia. For more information about Haggen, visit haggen.com.