PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice, a warehouse-format store that has catered to the foodservice industry for more than 60 years, has set the week of September 11-17 for their annual fundraising program.
Since starting the program in 2012, Cash&Carry stores have raised over $800,000 for food banks serving every community where they have locations in the Western U.S.
"With our efforts over the past six years we have been able to raise money, but more importantly we are increasing the awareness of the critical need of our neighbors and other members of every community," says John Mathews, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice. "With more stores and increased emphasis on our efforts in 2017, we expect to go well above $1 million in total giving."
During the week, banners will be hung in all 63 Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice stores inviting customers to donate to the cause. Donations raised in each store will go directly to local Feeding America food banks in their communities. Additionally, the Company is teaming up with their suppliers and vendor business partners to hold a golf tournament on September 13th, with all funds raised from entry fees, raffles and silent auction items distributed to local food banks in the markets they serve.
Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice also donates food to local food banks throughout the year. In 2016, Cash&Carry donated over 900,000 pounds of food to those in need, through local food banks in the Feeding America network throughout the seven Western states served by Cash&Carry.
"We are grateful to Cash&Carry for their tremendous support and generosity," said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. "From direct giving and employee volunteer shifts to food drives and food donations – they help in the fight against hunger at every level."
The third part of Cash&Carry's commitment to fighting hunger is an annual donation of time. On October 4th, the Store Managers for all 63 locations, along with all of the Portland, Oregon headquarters office personnel, will spend the day at the Oregon Food Bank, repackaging food as well as getting an update and a better understanding of hunger relief efforts in both Oregon and nationally.
"As a company, we are committed to helping with hunger relief in all of our communities," said Derek Jones, President, Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice. "Hunger is a problem throughout the U.S. and all of us at Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice are committed to helping meet the growing need for assistance."
About Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice
Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice is a warehouse-format store catering to the foodservice industry based in Portland, Oregon. For over 60 years, the Company has offered a wide-range of larger quantity products in a convenient one-stop shop. As of August 1, 2017, the Company operated 63 warehouse stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana and California. Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice is the foodservice division of Smart & Final Stores, LLC (NYSE: SFS), headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. For more information, please visit the Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice website at www.smartfoodservice.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that 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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