EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to combat food insecurity in the Bay Area – specifically summer food insecurity when children are out of school – Eric Lindberg, Co-CEO of Grocery Outlet Bargain Market and Kristin Richmond, CEO of Revolution Foods are leading the charge with Alameda County Community Food Bank to compile 10,000 bags filled with a variety of healthy food items donated from the following companies:
- Amy's Kitchen
- Annie's Homegrown
- Campbell's Soup
- Clif Bar
- Diamond Foods
- Grocery Outlet
- OK Produce
- Pacific Foods
- Sun Valley Rice
Employees from the partnering companies will volunteer and work together to compile all of the bags on July 28 and 29 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Alameda County Community Food Bank.
"More than 16 million U.S. children live in food-insecure households," said Lindberg, "We decided to spearhead this program because each of the brands involved wanted to bring light to this issue and help in some way. We are eager to work together to help combat the hunger faced by so many children in our local communities."
Kristin Richmond, Founder and CEO of Revolution Foods said, "This project aligns perfectly with the Revolution Foods mission of building lifelong healthy eaters."
The bags will be distributed in a variety of ways to reach as many food-insecure households in the Bay Area as possible. Nearly half the bags will be donated to Alameda County Community Food Bank's partners in San Francisco, Contra Costa/Solano and Santa Clara/San Mateo for distribution in those services areas. The remainder will be made available to the Food Bank's 240 member agency food pantries, soup kitchens and other community organizations; as well as being distributed through summer "Children's BackPack" distributions and a summer mobile pantry, which will travel to schools and libraries during the summer to provide farm-fresh produce and healthy staples to families in-need.
About Alameda County Community Food Bank
The 2016 Feeding America Food Bank of the Year, Alameda County Community Food Bank has been at the forefront of hunger relief efforts in the Bay Area since 1985. This year, the Food Bank will distribute the equivalent of 28 million meals. More than half of the food distributed is farm-fresh produce. The Food Bank serves 1 in 5 Alameda County residents by distributing food through a network of 240 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations, as well as direct-distribution programs including Children's Backpack and Mobile Pantry. For nine consecutive years, Alameda County Community Food Bank has received Charity Navigator's top rating — Four Stars — ranking the organization among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide. Learn more at www.accfb.org.
About Revolution Foods
Revolution Foods is committed to transforming the way America eats by providing access to great-tasting, high-quality meals for families across America. Since its founding in 2006, it has served over 150 million healthy, kid-designed, affordable meals to schools across the country. Expanding upon its success in schools, Revolution Foods launched a line of high-quality, ready-to-eat lunchbox solutions called Jet Packs, available at retail. Today, its 1,400+ locally-hired employees share in the Revolution Foods mission by creating and delivering approximately 1.5 million freshly prepared meals to students in schools each week. Based in Oakland, CA with kitchens throughout the U.S., it was three times named one of the fastest growing companies in America's inner cities by the Inner City 100 List and twice ranked by Fast Company as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit www.revolutionfoods.com
About Grocery Outlet
Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet offers huge savings on brand name products, with prices typically 40% to 70% less than traditional grocery stores. The fastest growing, "extreme-value" grocer in the U.S., Grocery Outlet has over 250 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries fresh produce, meat, dairy and organic items, as well as dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, vitamins, household goods and seasonal items. Grocery Outlet is a third-generation family-led company founded in 1946, with neighborhood stores that are independently owned/operated by locally based families. Their mission is "touching lives for the better," and for 70 years they have strived to provide an exciting place to find amazing values on name brands. For more information, please visit www.GroceryOutlet.com.
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