National Co+op Grocers Donates $26,000 to Feeding America Member Food Banks

Dec 18, 2019

National Co+op Grocers is making a $26,000 donation to local Feeding America® food banks across the United States this month.

“With more than 1 in 9 people in America facing food insecurity, and with the holiday season and coldest months ahead, we’re grateful to play a role in helping alleviate hunger,” said C.E. Pugh, CEO of National Co+op Grocers. "We believe everyone deserves abundant access to delicious, healthy food and we are committed as grocers to supporting solutions that help make that a reality."

Pugh added that in addition to this donation, food co-ops individually raise funds for local hunger-relief organizations at the cash registers and, collectively, they donate more than 1.5 million pounds of fresh, delicious food to their local food pantries each year. Furthermore, co-ops work together through NCG to advocate for federal policy that expands healthy food access for all Americans.

“We greatly appreciate NCG and their food co-ops for their donation,” says Nell Kolpin, Managing Director, Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. “Every community in the country is home to families that struggle with food insecurity, including rural and suburban communities. We serve over 40 million people each year, and that would not be possible without the support of engaged community partners like food co-ops.”

Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

About NCG

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power and ultimately offer more value to food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. Our 148 member and associate co-ops operate more than 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales over $2.1 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a Certified B Corporation. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.welcometothetable.coop.

About Feeding America®

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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