Sept. 3 marked National Food Bank Day, and Natural Grocers has announced two new initiatives to help fund local food banks. The Colorado-based organic grocery chain announced that it raised more than $800,000 from August of 2020 to July of this year, and said it is continuing the efforts. The chain was founded in 1955, and currently holds 161 stores across 20 states.
“We proudly partner with local food banks throughout the year because we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality, healthy, nutrient-dense foods,” explained Raquel Isely, Natural Grocers VP of marketing. “We couldn’t have done it without our customers! Over the past 20 years, we’ve donated 5 cents to local food banks every time a customer shops with a reusable bag. Next time you shop with us, be sure to bring your reusable bag to support your local community. Or, buy one of our bags and bring it back with you the next time you shop with us.”
This month, customers have the opportunity to stop by their neighborhood Natural Grocers Sept.16–18 and pick up a free limited-edition Organic Harvest Month reusable shopping bag, with purchase.
Natural Grocers is engaged in two food bank fundraising efforts through the end of 2021: Natural Grocers will donate $2.00 for every Ladybug Zip Pouch reusable bag (retail $2.99) sold, and from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, customers can donate $1, $5, or $10 at the register to help those experiencing food insecurity in their community.
“When we say we are here to serve our communities, we mean all of our community members, not just people who shop with us,” said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers chairman and co-president. “Our parents taught us that it’s our responsibility to support people who are experiencing food insecurity by providing them with the food they need to be healthy and active members of their communities. Our fundraising efforts will always be part of our in-store programs, and we are so proud that, with the help of our loyal and generous customers, we have been able to donate over $800,000 to food banks this past year.”