Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has recently completed its ninth annual Independence from Hunger Food Drive Campaign, raising over $2 million for families in need the chain’s more than 300 locations across Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington, according to a press release from the company.
All Grocery Outlets identified local food agencies in their respective locations to partner with, which would accept their monetary and food-item donations, the press release stated. The campaign included the local Grocery Outlet in Rainier, as well as the Grocery Outlet in Scappoose. Grocery Outlet in Rainier donated funds and food items to HOPE of Rainier, an affiliate of the Columbia Pacific Food Bank. Grocery Outlet in Scappoose donated funds and food items directly to Columbia Pacific food Bank.
The campaign took place from June 26 through July 31. To contribute to the campaign, Grocery Outlet customers, employees and Independent Owner-Operators were given three options: purchase a pre-made food bag filled with nonperishable items; donate money in-store or online; or “Give $5, Get $5” at the register, where customers could donate at least $5 and then receive a $5 coupon.
According to Kyle Noble, Senior Manager of Regional Marketing and Communications at Grocery Outlet, Inc., Rainier Grocery Outlet raised over $1,800 in cash and food combined, which includes 185 pre-made bags purchased by customers, donated back to the Independence from Hunger campaign.
This is the second year the Rainier store has participated in the campaign, and Noble said he thought it was a success.
“The Rainier, Oregon location is relatively new and just opened last year. This year, they more than doubled the donations resulting from their efforts towards IFH,” Noble said.
The main donations collected from the Rainier Grocery Outlet were specifically targeted to HOPE of Rainier’s needs. Rainier Grocery Outlet Independent Owner-Operator Taylor Elliott contacted representatives at HOPE of Rainier to find out what items they were lacking. Those items included dried pasta, rice, noodles and soups, according to Elliott.
Noble said the Rainier Grocery Outlet has been partnered with HOPE of Rainier since its grand opening last year and gives regular donations to the food bank on a weekly basis. However, Noble said the summer campaign was also helpful for the food bank.
“Independence from Hunger Food Drive is a unique opportunity to focus on providing food staples that are in high demand along with providing cash donations,” Noble said.
The press release also stated no administration or collateral fees are deducted from monetary donations, meaning all benefiting organizations, such as HOPE of Rainier, receive 100 percent of the proceeds.