“Take A Bite Out of Hunger” Donation to Local Charities
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Marcela Fabbri for Take a Bite Out of Hunger
Deborah Pleva for Haggen
Haggen Helps “Take A Bite Out of Hunger™” with Donation of More Than 45,000 Pounds of Fresh Apples to Local Charities
Bellingham, Wash. (March 30, 2015) – West Coast grocery store chain Haggen will make a donation of more than 45,000 pounds of apples to Northwest Harvest and the Oregon Food Bank to help feed the hungry in local communities in Oregon and Washington. This donation is part of the Take a Bite Out of Hunger™ Program sponsored by FirstFruits Marketing of Washington and supported by Haggen and Charlie’s Produce, Haggen’s primary produce supplier.
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington created The Take a Bite out of Hunger campaign to help feed underserved people while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States and Canada. This is the first year they have partnered with Haggen to make donations to local charities.
“Take a Bite Out of Hunger is a great way to provide fresh produce to our local food banks, something that is often lacking on their shelves,” said Clement Stevens, senior vice president of merchandising and marketing at Haggen. “This program nourishes people in need by donating fresh and healthy apples in the communities where we work and live.”
The donations will benefit two Pacific Northwest food banks:
What: Haggen donates 15 pallets (29,400 pounds) of apples to Northwest Harvest
When: 11 am to 1 pm, Monday, March 30
Where: Haggen Northwest Fresh – Snohomish, 1301 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA
What: Haggen donates 8 pallets (15,680 pounds of) apples to Oregon Food Bank
When: 10 am, Wednesday, April 1
Where: Haggen Northwest Fresh – Oregon City, 19701 Highway 213, Oregon City, OR
Hunger isn’t just about being hungry. It’s about food insecurity, or not having regular access to safe, affordable and nutritious foods. According to Feeding America, food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2014, 14 percent of all U.S. households were food-insecure. Of those, 32 percent of the people in those households were children.
“We love working with wholesalers and retailers like Haggen who are committed to serving the communities where they do business,” said Tim Corkill, of FirstFruits Marketing of Washington. “Together, we’re not only making a donation but we’re also raising awareness of food insecurity in the U.S. and Canada.”
Since the program’s introduction in 2010, approximately 1 million pounds of fresh apples have been donated to local food banks in the name of the participating retailers. This year over 10 retailers have joined the Take a Bite Out of Hunger effort with donations going to local food banks throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Haggen Community Giving
Haggen’s support of the community has been extensive this spring. The company is in the midst of converting 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores into Haggen stores. With each store conversion, Haggen is donating $1,000 to a single organization on the first day each store opens. To date, the company has donated to the following organizations:
- Sky Valley Food Bank
- Healthy Families of Clallam County
- Serve Wenatchee
- Boys and Girls Club of King County
- Blue Mountain Action Council
- Cocoon House
- Maltby Food Bank
- Boys and Girls Club Oak Harbor
- Central Kitsap Food Bank
- South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank
- Renton Salvation Army Food Bank
- White Center Food Bank
- PCF/Food backpacks for kids
- Communities in Schools of Puyallup
- Thurston County Food Bank
- Families Unlimited Network
- U.S. Army Medical Fisher House JBLM
- FISH Food Banks
- Lake Oswego School District Foundation
- West Linn Food Pantry
In the weeks following the conversions, Haggen will partner with four local non-profits and donate 2% of sales to four additional organizations on four consecutive Saturdays.
Haggen CEO of the Pacific Northwest John Clougher said, “We have a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We want to demonstrate that commitment both in our new stores as well as our existing stores.”
About FirstFruits Marketing
FirstFruits Marketing is a collaborative apple marketing company owned by growers. These growers share a commitment to producing high quality fruit while balancing the demands of purpose, people, planet and profit so that a portion of profits can be donated to non-profit missions supporting the underserved. For more Information, visit www.firstfruits.com.
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. 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.