Opportunity Village's PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn Debuts the week of November 11 in Regional Sam's Club Locations

Nov 08, 2013, 11:00 ET from Opportunity Village

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holiday season, Opportunity Village announces the debut of PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn arriving in regional Sam's Club locations throughout five states the week of November 11. Growing in popularity as a favored snack and holiday tradition among local and national supporters, PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn will be produced on a large scale and distributed for the first-time ever at the retail level.

Previously available at select locations in the Las Vegas area, positive feedback from Sam's Club members resulted in a wider regional distribution. PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn will be available from November 11 through the end of December in 30 clubs, including seven Las Vegas area locations, and locations in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Sam's Club, a membership warehouse club and division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is one of the nation's largest retailers.

Founded in 1954, Opportunity Village is Nevada's largest employer of adults with disabilities. Recognized as Las Vegas' favorite charity, the organization provides employment, vocational training, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to its clients.

"Opportunity Village is thrilled to offer its products at regional Sam's Clubs," stated Ed Guthrie, Executive Director of Opportunity Village and 40-year veteran philanthropist for people with disabilities. "Our clients, who we call OVIPs, take great pride in being able to share the fruits of their labor with friends and local communities. This has the potential to provide revenues for our organization that we could have never imagined years ago."

Produced locally, PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn is popped and packaged at the Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus in Las Vegas in a state-of-the-art production kitchen. Priced at $9.98 per box, PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn is available in Classic Choco-Pop or Cinnamon Choco-Pop flavors and comes packaged and displayed in specially designed trays. With the help of a recent partnership with the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, a hospitality industry educational and training facility, Opportunity Village operations have enhanced productivity, improved shelf life and increased production to benefit consumers.

Customers may also purchase PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn at www.opportunityvillage.org or by calling 702-880-4074.

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. 59 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States.

Nevada's largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting.

Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village's Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $7.6 million in 2012.  They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $33.7 million annually.

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SOURCE Opportunity Village