You know what they say: “It takes a village.” Well, we agree. It does take a village to raise children, to run a city, to operate a grocery store. And it takes a community to provide for the needs of the people inside it. The fact is, we all need help at some point in our lives. And it's not a sign of weakness. Actually, it's the strong folks who ask for help.
That village spirit is at the foundation of Grocery Outlet's 1st Annual Independence from Hunger
campaign—a month-long, company-wide campaign that will bring together Grocery Outlet stores and our customers to help feed people in our communities who are facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity. People who don't always know where they will find their next meal. Hunger pains
For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. And they are often hard-working adults with families who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. In fact, national food insecurity data revealed that about 45% of those struggling with hunger actually have incomes above the federal poverty level.
According to the USDA*...
- 50.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33 million adults and 17.2 million children
- 1.7 % of households (17.4 million households) were food insecure
- 5.7 % of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security
- 7.8 % of seniors living alone (884,000 households) were food insecure.
- 4.8 % of all U.S. households (5.6 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times. *USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2009. We can help!
Please join Grocery Outlet to claim Independence from Hunger
for our community. Throughout the month of July, as we celebrate our country's independence, we're asking our customers to donate food and/or cash to support a local food bank partner. Your generous donations will directly impact people in our community. It's easy ...
- Look for specially-marked food items. These are items that our local food bank partner has identified as "high-need" items. Purchase these products and then place in the collection bin at the front of the store.
- Tell your cashier that you'd like to make a cash donation at the register. Donations will go directly to our local food bank partner.
- Feel good, knowing you've helped a local family put food on their table.
Your local Grocery Outlet store is independently owned and operated by people who are committed to giving back to the local community. We're proud to unite with our customers and community and together, fly the flag of Independence!