Leading Food Brands Join Together to Combat Food Insecurity in the Bay Area

CEOs of Grocery Outlet Bargain Market and Revolution Foods lead effort to donate 10,000 bags of healthy staples to Alameda County Community Food Bank

Jul 07, 2015, 10:00 ET from Grocery Outlet Bargain Market

EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 7, 2015 /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, Kristin Richmond, CEO of Revolution Foods, and the Golden Gate Chapter of Young Presidents' Organization 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:

  • Annie's Organics
  • California Olive Ranch
  • Campbell's
  • Clif Bar
  • The Fresh Connection
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Hint Water
  • Shaklee
  • Sundia Fruit
  • Sun Valley Rice
  • Revolution Foods
  • Somersault Snacks
  • Diamond Foods

Employees from the partnering companies will volunteer and work together to compile all of the bags on July 16 and 17 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

Since 1985, Alameda County Community Food Bank has been at the forefront of hunger relief efforts in the Bay Area. This year, the Food Bank will distribute the equivalent of 25 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 eight 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 extreme bargains on brand name merchandise, with prices often up to 60% less than conventional retailers. The largest "extreme-value" grocer in the U.S., Grocery Outlet has more than 222 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce, fresh meat, organics, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over-the-counter drugs, household products, toys and gifts. A third-generation family-led company founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet's mission has always been to provide customers a fun place to find extreme values on name brands they trust. Most stores are independently owned and operated by locally based families. For more information, please visit www.GroceryOutlet.com

About YPO

YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™.

Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 22,000 peers and their families in more than 125 countries with access to unique experiences, extraordinary educational resources, access to alliances with leading institutions, and participation in specialized networks to support their business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate US$6 trillion in annual revenues.





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