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Grocery Outlet Announces Fourth Annual Independence from Hunger® Campaign

EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grocery Outlet will launch their Fourth Annual Independence from Hunger® Food Drive on July 1, 2014. This annual giving campaign is an effort among Grocery Outlet stores, their customers and emergency local food distribution agencies to fight poverty and hunger in their towns.

Grocery Outlet's Fourth Annual Independence from Hunger(R) Food Drive

For the fourth consecutive year, the USDA reported that 1 in every 6 Americans is food insecure and 46.5 million Americans (15%) were reported as living at or below the poverty level in 2012 (U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. - Data collected in 2012 and released September, 2013). Throughout July, traditionally a time when food agencies experience the greatest need, Grocery Outlet will encourage their customers and employees to donate food and cash to support local food assistance agencies. Each Grocery Outlet store is teaming up with a local agency in their area, and all donations received throughout the campaign will go directly to that partner.

Customers can make a difference by visiting their local Grocery Outlet and participating in one of these easy steps:

  • Look for specially-marked food items. These are items that each local food agency has identified as "high-need" items. Purchase these products and then place in the collection bin at the front of the store.
  • Pick up a pre-made bag that is filled with an assortment of the groceries that have been identified as needed.
  • Tell your cashier that you'd like to make a cash donation at the register. Donations will go directly to that store's local food agency partner. Donate $1, $5 or round up your change.
  • Pick up information at a Grocery Outlet store about hunger, food insecurity and local/national resources for people in need. Be informed and willing to help.
  • Join the events at your local store to support the Independence from Hunger® food drive.

In July of 2011, Grocery Outlet stores and their customers collectively donated more than $223,000 in cash, gift card and food donations to help support local food assistance agencies as part of the Independence from Hunger® food drive. In July of 2012, donations increased to over $292,000  -- more than half a million dollars donated in just two years! In July of 2013, the total reached was $300,000 and in 2014 the goal is to raise enough to put the total campaign collection mark at over $1 million

"The face of poverty has changed and hunger is a reality in every community throughout the country," said MacGregor Read, Co-CEO, Grocery Outlet Inc. "We are eager for the Fourth Annual Independence from Hunger® Campaign because it is a time for communities to rally together and help those in need. All of the donations collected at each store will directly impact people in your community."

Each local Grocery Outlet store is independently owned and operated by families who are committed to giving back to the local community. Customers can help make a difference by visiting your local Grocery Outlet and participating in the Independence from Hunger® food drive. Find more information by visiting GroceryOutlet.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 200 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

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Grocery Outlet Independence from Hunger(R) Food Drive

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