LAKEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural
Grocers, the nation's largest family-operated natural and organic
grocery retailer, together with its loyal customers, has broken its
own fundraising record for a single month, in August 2020. The company raised over $260,000 for local food banks to meet the growing
needs of community members experiencing food insecurity. The
donation will provide its neighbors, not just with food, but with
the highest quality, healthy options at affordable prices, via
Natural Grocers gift cards.
Caring for our communities in this capacity is anchored in the
details of our origin story, including the community food cabinet
that Margaret Isely, Natural
Grocers' co-founder, kept in our first store. When a family in need
came in, Margaret would open the cabinet to provide them with all
the ingredients for a nutritious meal. We can't have a community
food cabinet in every store now, so instead food bank fundraisers
have become a mainstay of company-wide programs throughout the
year, including a 5-cent donation
every time customers purchase a reusable bag or bring their own.
August's record-breaking fundraising donation was driven by several
initiatives, such as the 5-cent bag
contribution, our 65th Anniversary sales-based donation,
and our customers' generosity.
In principle and in action, Natural Grocers was founded on a
"Commitment to Community." The Isely family believes that everyone
deserves to have access to fresh, affordable high-quality foods,
household essentials, and dietary supplements. We look forward to
the opportunity for the company to break its own record once again
because of our commitment to making a healthier lifestyle
affordable for all.
"We are humbled by the response from customers and the hard work
from our good4uSM Crew in making August our best
fundraising month ever for local food banks in the cities and towns
we serve," commented Kemper Isely,
Natural Grocers' Co-President. "At a time when the need for
nutritious groceries and high-quality essentials is immense, we are
proud to be able to service our communities with gift cards so they
can feed themselves and their families in healthful ways."
Now, in September, we are focusing our fundraising goals for our
new planet-loving partnership with the non-profit organization
Beyond Pesticides. Together, we will develop synthetic
pesticide-free parks in our communities, making them safer for our
neighbors to enjoy. With the goal of raising $100,000, we will have two in-store fundraising
opportunities this month:
- Natural Grocers Donations: We will give $1 to Beyond Pesticides for every reusable,
limited-edition "Organic Month Headquarters®" shopping bag
purchased (retail price: $1.99).
- Customer Donations: Customers can make contributions to Beyond
Pesticides ($1, $5 or $10) at any
one of Natural Grocers' 159 store locations.
About Natural Grocers by Vitamin
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage,
Inc. (NYSE: NGVC; NaturalGrocers.com) is an expanding specialty
retailer of organic and natural groceries, body care products, and
dietary supplements. The company offers a flexible,
neighborhood-store format, affordable prices, and free,
science-based Nutrition Education programs to help customers make
informed health and nutrition choices. Founded in Colorado in 1955, Natural Grocers has more
than 3,500 employees and operates 159 stores in 20 states.
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