IOWA CITY, IA – October 16, 2012 – Today in honor of World Food Day, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce it has exceeded its goal of raising $100,000 to be donated to national nonprofit Share Our Strength in support of the organization’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day. NCGA joined the campaign and has raised $106,500 by working with member co-ops, consumers and other partner brands, including: Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine, Dr. Bronner’s, Equal Exchange, Frontier, Nutiva, Once Again, Organic Valley and Shady Maple Farms.
“One in five kids struggle with hunger in the United States – that’s nearly 16 million children. Solving a problem of this magnitude can only happen if we work together,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. “We are humbled to be part of a passionate community of vendors, food co-ops and shoppers, a group that has contributed $106,500 to help end childhood hunger.”
This initiative brought 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.
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
More than 16 million children in America struggle with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day. No Kid Hungry brings together governors, mayors, businesses, chefs, federal and state agencies, educators and community leaders to connect children at risk of hunger with food and nutrition programs where they live, learn and play. No Kid Hungry also teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters® and invests in community organizations that fight hunger. Get involved at NoKidHungry.org.
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.
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