Because Market of Choice believes in social responsibility, we place great importance on giving back to our community. We receive dozens of requests every week for donations, and we simply cannot accommodate everyone's request. For this reason, we've decided that all of our charitable giving will go to support the following programs. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Angel Hair Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that provides the funding needed to purchase cranial prosthesis hair systems, or "Angel Hair Systems," for children in Oregon who have lost their hair due to medical illness. The foundation was started after Staci, daughter of Market of Choice President Rick Wright, underwent chemotherapy and received a prosthetic hair system. To help support the foundation and its mission, Market of Choice is an annual sponsor of Shall We Dance, a dance competition that features local celebrities. Learn more by visiting www.angelhairfoundation.org.
Art Bags, a collaboration of local artists and Market of Choice, are a great way for customers to support local arts programs in each of the communities we serve. For each bag sold, $1.50 is donated to selected arts organizations. Take a look at the arts organizations we support.
Doernbecher Freestyle XII Unveiling and Auction shines a spotlight on young patients chosen to work with Nike designers to create new shoe collections with the proceeds benefiting OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Since its inception, the program has raised over $11 million. Market of Choice President & CEO Rick Wright is a Doernbecher Foundation board member. To learn more, go to freestyle.doernbecherfoundation.org.
eScrip allows Market of Choice to give up to 4 percent of customer purchases to the school, group or organization of the customer’s choice, year round, when a debit or credit card is used. Thanks to customers, Market of Choice is one of the largest grocery store contributors to Oregon schools through eScrip. To learn how to get involved, visit www.escrip.com.
FOOD for Lane County is a private, nonprofit food bank, whose goal is to eliminate hunger by creating access to food. As the largest local retailer, Market of Choice participates in the SCAN program by encouraging customers at its Eugene stores to add a $1, $5 or $10 coupon to their total purchases, which is then donated to the food bank. Market of Choice is also a participant and major sponsor of Chef’s Night Out, a benefit dinner that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to FOOD for Lane County. In addition, Market of Choice donates thousands of pounds of food to Lane County’s Food Rescue Program each year.
Linn Benton Food Share, based in Corvallis, has been pursuing the goal that “Everybody Eats” since 1981. To help, the Market of Choice store in Corvallis launched a SCAN program in 2011. Similar to its Eugene stores, customers can add a $1, $5 or $10 coupon to their purchase at checkout. That amount is then donated to Linn Benton Food Share. The Corvallis Market of Choice also donates more than 2 tons of food per month to Food Share, items that are getting close to their expiration date or prepared food that would otherwise go to waste.
Oregon Food Bank provides emergency food through a statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. To help, Market of Choice launched its SCAN program at its Cedar Mill Market in Portland in 2015. Customers can add a $1, $5 or $10 coupon to their purchases at checkout, which is then donated to Oregon Food Bank. Market of Choice also donates foods that are nearing their expiration date and prepared foods that would otherwise go to waste.
Produce Buddies began in 2006 when Market of Choice partnered with local grade-school teacher Kathy Ira to help her educate her students about health and nutrition. Happy to participate, Market of Choice agreed to provide punch cards that allow children (up to age 11) to purchase one produce item – up to a $2 value – on 12 different store visits. Today, several schools use Produce Buddies to educate children about nutrition and good health.
Relief Nursery is a nonprofit program, proven to strengthen high-risk families and keep children safe and healthy. Every year, Market of Choice sponsors The Great Taste, a fundraising event where cheese and wine stewards offer tastings of their favorite products. All of the proceeds go to Relief Nursery, whose mission is to prevent the cycle of child abuse and neglect with early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents and preserving families. To learn more about the Relief Nursery’s programs, visit www.reliefnursery.org.