Grocery Outlet has launched its 6th Annual Independence From Hunger Food Drive to donate food throughout July, traditionally a time when food agencies experience the greatest need to serve children who are out of school during the summer. In fact, 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 15.3 million children (USDA, Household Food Security in the United States in 2014 – Data collected in 2014 and released in 2015.)
Each of the more than 250 Grocery Outlet stores throughout the nation is teaming up with a local food agency in their area, and all donations received throughout the campaign will go directly to that partner.
"This annual giving campaign is a flagship effort of Grocery Outlet when we encourage our customers and employees to donate food and money to the most needy children in our communities," said Grocery Outlet Inc. Co-CEO MacGregor Read. "We are so proud to partner with local food assistance agencies and be able to make an impact on a national level during the most dire time of year."
The USDA reports that 1 in every 6 Americans is food insecure and 46.7 million Americans (14.8%) were reported as living at or below the poverty level in 2014 (U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. - Data collected in 2014 and released September, 2015).
Ways customers can help:
• Look for specially-marked food items. 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.
• Tell your cashier you want to make a cash donation at the register. Donations will go directly to that store's local food agency partner. Donate $1, $5 or round up your change.
• 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.
"The face of poverty has changed and hunger is a reality in every community throughout the country," said Read. "We are eager for the 6th Annual Independence from Hunger Campaign because it is a time for communities to rally together and help children in need. All of the donations collected at each store will directly impact people in your community."
Each local Grocery Outlet store is independently owned and operated by families who are committed to giving back to the local community. Customers can help make a difference by visiting your local Grocery Outlet through July 31st and participating in the Independence from Hunger® food drive. For more information, visit GroceryOutlet.com.