Festival Foods is committed to supporting the communities it serves, and one way is by offering guests and store associates an easy way to donate to local nonprofits at the checkout.
Two long-standing giving programs created by Festival Foods – Food for Neighbors and Paw Away Hunger – recently began in the Baraboo and Portage Festival Foods stores, which transitioned in May after being operated as Pierce's Supermarkets.
The two giving programs offer shoppers the option to donate $5 or $10 to their total when checking out at a register. Festival Foods passes 100 percent of donations to food pantries and animal organizations in those communities.
Though new to the grocer’s Baraboo and Portage stores, the giving programs have already totaled a little more than $1.4 million to date in Festival Foods’ other 26 locations throughout Wisconsin. Festival Foods began Food for Neighbors in 2004 in eight stores. Paw Away Hunger was added shortly after that.
All Food for Neighbors and Paw Away Hunger donations stay in the communities where they are collected. Currently, the programs provide quarterly donations to approximately 40 Wisconsin food pantries and 30 Wisconsin animal organizations. For example, last year, 98 bags of cat litter and 60 bags of Cat Chow were donated to the Fond du Lac Humane Society as a result of this program. As you can see in the photo above, Renee from the shelter looked a little overwhelmed by the drop off.
“We care about our communities and we’re honored to build awareness of each community’s needs by facilitating giving programs like Food for Neighbors and Paw Away Hunger,” said Mark Skogen, Festival Foods president and CEO.
"Our guests and associates are making a positive impact in their local communities with every contribution to these programs.”
Dennis Lindsay, president of Baraboo Food Pantry, said Food for Neighbors will support the organization’s ability to replenish its shelves. The pantry serves approximately 9,000 individuals in the greater Baraboo area.
“Food for Neighbors is going to be great for us,” Lindsay said. “I like the quote, ‘You only get one chance to make a good first impression,’ and Festival Foods made a great one.”
Donation cards for Food for Neighbors and Paw Away Hunger are easy to find in Festival Foods stores near checkouts and in designated aisles.