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Making Change® redistributes more than $76,000 for Feeding America 

November 15, 2017

ScreenShot2017-11-13at9.48.50AMPictured:  Francis Cameron (President/CEO, ROFDA), Dave McConnell (President/CEO, Making Change), Nancy Curby (SVP Corporate Partnerships & Operations, Feeding America), Peter Larkin (President/CEO, NGA)

 


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nov. 14, 2017 – 
Making Change®, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, collected more than $76,000 for Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, during the first-ever Independence Day of Giving campaign, hosted by the National Grocers Association (NGA), in partnership with Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA).

Throughout the month of June – with a focus on June 21 as Independents Day of Giving – the campaign encouraged customers at locally owned supermarkets to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their grocery bills. Donations were collected by Making Change® and then redistributed into the local communities of participating independent supermarket by Feeding America.

“It is such an honor to be a part of the first Independence Day of Giving campaign with NGA and ROFDA,” says Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change®. “We want to thank the independent supermarket industry for playing a vital role in helping close the hunger gap in the communities they serve.”

During NGA Foundation’s recent Fall Leadership Meeting in Chicago, the organization presented Feeding America with $76,959 – equivalent to 846,533 meals. The check was presented to Nancy Curby, senior vice president of corporate partnerships and operations at Feeding America.

About making change®
making change® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that partners with thousands of retailers nationwide to run point-of-purchase fundraisers. Since 1985, the organization has successfully raised more than $105 million to fund non-profit organizations in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.makingchange.org.

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Holiday Campaign in Stores Now!

November 13, 2017

Our annual holiday campaign kicked off in stores on Saturday, November 11 and will conclude on January 6, 2018.  Customers can support this point-of purchase fundraiser by selecting a donation coupon at the checkout stand and handing it to the cashier to add to the grocery bill.  Proceeds support community-based, non-profit organizations.

The following stores are participating:
Adam’s Hometown Markets
Dorothy Lane Markets
Draeger’s Markets
Fresh Encounter
Gelson’s Markets
Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket and Pharmacy
Mollie Stone’s Markets
Pennington Quality Supermarket
Publix Super Markets
Riesbeck’s Food Markets

Publix Launches Annual Food For All® Fundraiser

November 3, 2017

PublixLast Year Fundraiser Supported More Than 185 Nonprofits 

LAKELAND, Fla. – Nov. 1, 2017 – Publix Super Markets, Inc. has launched its annual holiday fundraiser, Food For All®, which runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 22.

The campaign includes Publix customers and associates who raise money in support of nonprofit organizations serving individuals within their local communities. These local and regional nonprofits help fight hunger and advocate for self-sufficiency and last year, represented more than 185 organizations.

As a result of the generosity of customers and associates, Publix distributed more than $5 million in grants to more than 185 charities located across the southeastern United States in 2016.

“Each year, we are humbled by the kindness and giving spirit of our customers and associates to help their neighbors that may be facing food insecurity and other challenges,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations, Publix. “The Food For All campaign provides our customers and associates with a simple way to help and we’re looking forward to another successful program.”

Themed campaign boards are displayed at checkout and customers may participate by asking the cashier to add a $1, $3 or $5 contribution to their grocery bill.  Food For All® is a program of Making Change®, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has partnered with Publix since 1990 to create successful campaigns.

“We are honored to partner with Publix and help facilitate the Food For All fundraiser each year,” said Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change. “Publix’s determination and commitment to this fundraiser continues to successfully help nonprofit organizations feed communities all across the southeast.”

About Food For All® and Making Change®
Food For All® is a program of Making Change®, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that partners with thousands of grocery retailers nationwide to run point-of-purchase fundraisers. Since 1985, the organization has successfully raised more than $105 million to fund nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world.  For more information, visit makingchange.org.


About Publix
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 188,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,157 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com

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New Leaf Community Markets Gives $3,500 Grant to Support Global Impact’s Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund

November 1, 2017

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Nov. 1, 2017 – New Leaf Community Markets, a leading natural grocery company, has presented a $3,500 grant to Global Impact’s Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund. Established in 1956, Global Impact provides organizations and donors with effective ways to give to causes, regions and crises throughout the world.

New Leaf runs a year-round Making Change® campaign where customers can donate $1, $3, and $5 at checkout, and since 1989 more than $125,000 has been donated to various non-profit organizations.

“We are proud to partner with Making Change to raise funds for the Global Impact’s Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund,” said Kate Halper, regional marketing manager – NorCal, New Leaf Community Markets. “Our partnership over the last 28 years has helped us donate to hundreds of worthy causes. We are also very grateful for the generosity of our New Leaf customers who contributed at the cash register to make this donation to provide aid to Mexico possible.”

“Our longstanding partnership has positively impacted communities and lives for nearly 30 years,” said Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change. “This heartfelt grant to the victims of the tragic September earthquake that collapsed 38 buildings and killed more than 330 can begin to restore hope to central Mexico.”

For more information about Global Impact’s Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund please visit, https://charity.org/press/news/mexico-earthquake-fund.

About Making Change®

Making Change® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that partners with thousands of retailers nationwide to run point-of-purchase fundraisers. Since 1985, the organization has successfully raised more than $105 million to fund non-profit organizations in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.makingchange.org.


About New Leaf Community Markets

A natural grocery company with five stores, New Leaf has been serving the community for 32 years. New Leaf is committed to offering customers choices that have the most beneficial impact on their health and the health of the environment. Helping customers make informed decisions is an integral part of this commitment. A wholly owned subsidiary of New Seasons Market since November 2013, New Leaf uses the power of business to solve social and economic problems. New Leaf’s mission, to nourish and sustain our community, is reflected in the 10 percent of profits given annually to support local nonprofits working to improve the quality of life. Connect at: www.newleaf.com.

 

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Riesbeck’s Kicks off Annual “Because Every Life Matters” Campaign

October 2, 2017

Riesbeck's Cancer Campaign Board Riesbeck’s Food Markets’  “Because Every Life Matters” October campaign kicked off in all area stores yesterday, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Customers can donate to the point-of-purchase program through Oct. 31 and support breast cancer-related charitable organizations with $1, $3 and $5 donations at checkout stands.  Thank you to Riesbeck’s, their associates, and customers for supporting this important campaign!

Annual Summer Campaign is in Full Swing!

July 5, 2017

From July 1 – September 30, 2017, Dorothy Lane Markets, Mollie Stone’s Markets, Adam’s Hometown Markets and Draeger’s Markets are running their annual “Hunger is No Picnic” & “Hunger Knows No Season” campaigns to support community non-profit organizations.  These point-of-purchase fundraisers feature boards stocked with $1, $3 and $5 donation coupons which are stationed at checkout stands.  Customers support the campaigns by giving a donation coupon in the desired denomination to the checkout associate, and that amount is tallied into the final grocery bill.  Donations are 100% tax deductible.

September is national “Hunger Action Month” –  proceeds from the campaigns will support community-based hunger relief programs.

Independent Grocers Encourage Shoppers to Donate at the Register to Help Fight Hunger

June 21, 2017

More than 1,600 independent grocers from across the nation urge shoppers to donate $1, $3, or $5 at the register to support their local food banks and pantries

ARLINGTON, VA (June 21, 2017) — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGAREF), and Retail Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) recognized today as the “Independents Day of Giving” to help fight hunger and raise community awareness with more than 1,600 independent grocers across the country participating.

Shoppers have been encouraged to add $1, $3, or $5 donations to their grocery bill throughout the month of June, with a focus on June 21, the first day of summer. Each contribution will help support local food banks that are members of the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.

“Contrary to popular belief, the highest demand for food is during the summer after the holiday food drives end and the same people who were hungry on Christmas are still hungry in June,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Locally-owned independent supermarkets have a long history of giving back to the communities they serve and are eager to work with shoppers to help restock their neighborhood’s food pantry by making a small contribution at the register.”

A comprehensive report on hunger, “Hunger in America 2014,” found that the Feeding America network serves one in eight people – or 46.6 million – each year. The USDA estimates that one in six children – 17.9 percent – faces food insecurity, compared to the nation’s overall food insecurity rate of 13.4 percent.

“With children on break from school, families facing food insecurity are forced to find an additional two meals for their kids each day,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director, NGA Research and Education Foundation. “That means finding an extra $300 for groceries when kids are out of school, which isn’t feasible for many families.”

More than 22 million children in the United States receive free or reduced-price school lunches and just four million – or just 18 percent – receive free meals in the summer when school meals are not as readily available, according to 2016 USDA report on the National School Lunch Program.

“One of the most important missions of any supermarket operator and the wholesalers that serve them is to feed the families and support their communities,” said Francis Cameron, president and CEO, ROFDA. “We’re excited to maximize the impact of the independent supermarket industry and give back to their communities.”

“Children need good nutrition all year long. When school lets out, millions of children no longer have readily available access to a healthy school breakfast or lunch,” said Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change. “We are delighted to join NGA and ROFDA for this vital, life-saving initiative to fill the gap for our children so they can reach for their dreams.”

The donations will be collected by Making Change, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and redistributed back into the local communities of each participating independent supermarket by Feeding America.

For an interactive map of participating independent supermarkets, click HERE.

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