SEATTLE, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Seattle Chocolate Company announced a historic milestone in the fight against hunger in America, having donated more than one million fresh food servings to communities across the country. Since the launch of the jcoco chocolate line, every retail store and online purchase of a jcoco bar has helped deliver a serving of food to local food banks, including Food Bank for New York City, Greater Boston Food Bank, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and Northwest Harvest in Seattle.
"When we created the jcoco brand, giving back to local American communities was – and still is – at the heart of the brand's mission," said Seattle Chocolate Company owner and CEO Jean (the "j" in jcoco) Thompson. "We've been very fortunate to have amazing food bank partners coast to coast, and sincerely thank everyone who has purchased jcoco bars and participated in #chocolategives to help give back and fight hunger in America. Of course, we're not stopping here, and we're already setting our sights on reaching ten million servings donated!"
In an effort to further raise awareness for food instability in America, the company also hosts an annual #chocolategives campaign during the holiday months when food bank demand is the greatest. This season's campaign extends the fresh food donation to include purchases of the Seattle Chocolates new "Comfort & Joy" truffle bar holiday line during November and December, offering true "gifts that give back." Additional food serving donations are also made for each use of #chocolategives on social media channels during the holiday season.
In 2014, 48 million Americans lived in food insecure households. Seattle Chocolate Company created a video, available at http://www.seattlechocolates.com, to showcase its commitment to helping hungry Americans, in association with its food bank partners across the country. "We depend greatly on generous partners like Seattle Chocolate Company, who both donate and help raise awareness, through campaigns like chocolate gives," said Margarette Purvis, CEO of the Food Bank for New York City. "We are thrilled to collaborate with them."
jcoco chocolates are curated with meticulous attention to every detail – from the globally sourced inclusions in each bar to the vibrant shades and velvety texture of the exterior packaging. The line incorporates intriguing ingredients to create distinctive flavors that complement the extraordinary chocolate, and is available in the following varieties: NEW bali sea salt toffee, vanuatu coconut pecan, black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, agave quinoa sesame, sea salt toffee (in perfectly proportioned 1oz. servings), noble dark (featuring the finest Belgian 72-percent cacao couverture dark chocolate) and cayenne veracruz orange.
Earlier this year, the company also launched a new, waste-free chocolate bar infused with CoffeeFlour®, the nutrient-dense super-ingredient made from dried coffee cherry pulp and ground coffee beans - jcoco arabica cherry espresso in dark chocolate.
About Seattle Chocolate Company
Creating our first chocolate in 1991, Seattle Chocolate Company celebrates the innovation and local flavors the Pacific Northwest is known for. Available at retailers nationwide, Seattle Chocolate Company offers a full line of premium chocolates that includes Seattle Chocolates truffle bars, award-winning Seattle Chocolates truffles, jcoco chocolate bars, and a selection of seasonal and special occasion products. Using only the finest all-natural ingredients, many inspired by our Northwest heritage and artisanal spirit, to create fresh, approachable flavor-combinations, our small and mighty company is owned and led by CEO Jean Thompson, a seasoned and self-taught chocolatier. Our entire chocolate line is certified Kosher, and many varieties are also gluten-free and vegan. Coast to coast, we support neighborhood food banks and non-profit organizations focused on bettering the lives of women and their families, specifically in the fight against hunger. To learn more about our company, our chocolates and our giving philosophy, visit http://www.seattlechocolates.com and http://www.jcocochocolate.com.
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