You all know how much I love food. Food is love is food, for me. My parents came to this country with not a lot of money in their pockets, but a whole lot of hope and work ethic.
I know how blessed we have been, and how quickly life can turn. So many in this country don’t have regular access to food, and unexpected life circumstances or a series of them make access to food very difficult. One in every 6 Americans is food insecure and 46.5 million Americans (15%) were reported as living at or below the poverty level in 2012. More than 46 MILLION Americans. That includes children and the elderly. That statistic hurts my heart, and because my own life has been tied so much to food, the hunger problem in this country hits a personal nerve.
To help fight hunger in our local communities, Grocery Outlet (one of my fave neighborhood & locally managed grocery stores) is running its Fifth Annual Independence from Hunger® Food Drive throughout the entire month of July.
Independence from Hunger®
From now through July 31st, you can help out each time you shop at your local Grocery Outlet. And because Grocery Outlet store is teaming up with local agencies, ensuring that all donations of food and cash will go directly to the local partner agency – staying in the community of that store’s customers.
How You Can Help
You can make a difference by visiting your local Grocery Outlet and participating in one of these easy steps:
- Look for specially-marked food items at some local Grocery Outlet locations. These are items that each local food agency has identified as “high-need” items. Purchase these products and then place in the collection bin at the front of the store.
- Pick up a pre-made bag that is filled with an assortment of the groceries that have been identified as needed in your area. At my local Grocery Outlet location, these bags were placed by each check out station and sold for $4.93 each. Bags at your local Grocery Outlet location might be between $4.00 and $9.99.
- Tell your cashier that you’d like to make a cash donation at the register. My neighborhood store had the Independence from Hunger donation sheets pictured above at each cash register. You can donate $1, $5, or round up your change. Again, all donations will go directly to your store’s local food agency partner.
- Pick up information at a Grocery Outlet store about hunger, food insecurity and local/national resources for people in need. Be informed and willing to help.
- Join the events at your local store to support the Independence from Hunger® food drive. Ask a Grocery Outlet employee to find out what
In the past, Grocery Outlet’s Independence from Hunger® campaign has raised between $200,000 to $300,000. This year’s goal is to raise $425,000. Remember: every little bit helps, and you’ll be making a difference to those who need it in your own community!
This conversation is sponsored by Grocery Outlet, but as always, all opinions and photos are my own.