IOWA CITY, IA – October 3, 2012 – Today, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) announced a partnership with national nonprofit Share Our Strength to support the organization’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. As part of World Food Day, the No Kid Hungry campaign aims to raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America. NCGA has joined the campaign and pledged to raise $100,000 by working with member co-ops, consumers and other partner brands that have pledged contributions, including: Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine, Dr. Bronner’s, Equal Exchange, Frontier, Nutiva, Once Again, Organic Valley and Shady Maple Farms.
“More than 16 million children cannot count on having enough nutritious food; that’s one in five kids in America today who struggle with hunger,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. “We’re proud to support this campaign and work with our vendors, food co-ops and their shoppers and owners to help work towards the goal of a world without childhood hunger.”
This initiative brings together three events that highlight NCGA and its member co-ops as they work to address the growing problem of childhood hunger: October as national Co-op Month, World Food Day on October 16, and 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, as declared by the United Nations in recognition of the tangible economic and social contributions made by cooperative businesses.
Consumers can get involved by shopping at their participating local food co-op on Saturday, October 13, and taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge at www.NoKidHungry.org.
For more information, or to find a co-op near you, visit www.strongertogether.coop/co-ops-working-together-to-end-hunger.
National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. Our 128 member and associate co-ops operate 165 storefronts in 35 states with combined annual sales over $1.4 billion. NCGA is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence in recognition of the application of cooperative
Input formatvalues and principles to drive cooperative and business success. In the 2012, cooperatives around the world will celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives. For a map of NCGA member and associate co-ops, visit www.ncga.coop. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop or www.go.coop. To learn more about the US observance of the International Year of Cooperatives, visit www.usa2012.coop.
About Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Visit www.Strength.org to get involved.
About International Year of Cooperatives
On Dec. 18, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. Titled, ‘Cooperatives in Social Development,’ the resolution recognizes the diversity of the cooperative movement around the world, and the economic and social contributions cooperatives make. For cooperatives everywhere, the International Year of Cooperatives is an opportunity to increase consumer awareness about the abundance of co-ops around them, what co-ops are, how they work, and why they matter to our local and global communities. The International Year of Cooperatives also aims to bring the many benefits co-ops offer to more communities across the world by securing legislation that fosters the formation, growth and stability of cooperatives. Find more information at www.2012.coop.