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Grocer announces partnership with Oregon Food Bank

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February 25, 2015

Grocer announces partnership with Oregon Food Bank

Market of Choice to kick off Scan Program at Open House

PORTLAND, Ore. — New to the Cedar Mill neighborhood of Portland, Market of Choice is continuing its long tradition of supporting food banks with its year-round Scan Program, which makes it easy for customers to contribute to the fight against hunger when they shop for groceries. 

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Market of Choice will match donations to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000, during its Open House celebration.

“This is a really easy opportunity for our customers to give back to their community in a meaningful way,” said Store Manager Casey Capell.

Those who shop at Market of Choice at Timberland Town Center at 250 NW Lost Springs Terrace can give to the food program by electing to scan a $1, $5 or $10 coupon, which is added to the customer’s total at checkout; 100 percent is donated to the Oregon Food Bank. For tax purposes, the store receipt serves as documentation of the donation. A $10 donation provides 30 meals for individuals struggling with hunger. 

Other Open House activities planned for Saturday, February 28th:

Meet local vendors: Sample locally made products and say hello to the people who make them.

Tasty bites and beverages: Tour the store and enjoy nibbles and sips in every department.

Mingle with the chef: Meet Chef Barry Rumsey from 3 to 5 p.m. and sample one of his original recipes.

Enter to win: $200 Market of Choice gift card, washer and dryer, Trail Blazers tickets, Weber charcoal grill and much more.

Bring the Kids: Kids’ Zone activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play an interactive game that teaches kids about nutrition.

Scan Program Details
Those who shop at Market of Choice at Timberland Town Center at 250 NW Lost Springs Terrace can give to the food program by electing to scan a $1, $5 or $10 coupon, which is added to the customer’s total at checkout; 100 percent is donated to the Oregon Food Bank. For tax purposes, the store receipt serves as documentation of the donation. A $10 donation provides 30 meals for individuals struggling with hunger.

“We appreciate Market of Choice’s commitment to the community and ending hunger,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. “Their help in spreading the word about hunger and encouraging customers to donate will help thousands of people receive much needed food.”

Approximately 34 percent of those receiving emergency food assistance through the Oregon Food Bank are children.

Supporting the Oregon Food Bank in its mission reinforces our own values. We care about the community, sustainability and minimizing waste,” said Store Manager Casey Capell.

Market of Choice currently donates more than $120,000 a year to regional food banks and partner agencies. The company has well exceeded $1 million in total donations to date.

Food donations
In addition to money generated through its Scan Program, Market of Choice is donating food daily to the Oregon Food Bank through its Fresh Alliance program. Donated food includes products that are nearing the date they can no longer be sold but can still be consumed, such as dairy, produce, baked goods and groceries, as well as gourmet prepared foods that would otherwise go to waste.

Market of Choice has implemented a similar food rescue and Scan Program in Eugene and Corvallis, and it’s made a marked difference in the food program in those communities.

“We’d like to have that same kind of impact here,” Capell said.

About Market of Choice
Market of Choice offers a relaxing, enjoyable shopping experience and an extensive selection of natural, organic conventional and local products at affordable prices. Employed by friendly people who care about the communities where they live and work, Market of Choice has nine stores in Oregon, located in Portland, West Linn, Corvallis, Eugene and Ashland. 

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank provides emergency food to people who are hungry through a cooperative statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger by advocating for fair public policies, strengthening community food systems and providing nutrition and garden education to help people become more self-sufficient and resourceful. To learn more, visit oregonfoodbank.org.