Now in its third year, Newport Avenue Market’s “Food for February” kicked off Dec. 1, with all donations once again going to the Family Kitchen of Bend. Throughout the month of December, customers who shop at Newport Avenue Market can donate any dollar amount they’d like, with the market matching 100% of the money raised, up to $25,000 total! With last year’s donations amounting to $25,336.48, the market hopes to double the goal this year, reaching $50,000.
“This community continues to amaze us year over year with their generous giving during a significant time of need,” said Lauren, COO of Newport Avenue Market. “It’s hard to believe that post-holiday, the month of February is historically one of the hardest hitting months for hungry families in Central Oregon. Last year, the money raised helped to supply over 30,000 meals for our neighbors in Bend. This year we’re looking to shoot for the stars, and double that number to 60,000. We’re pretty confident in our rock star customers that we can meet that goal.”
Last year’s donation supplied more than seven months’ worth of ingredients to fulfill over 30,000 meals for the community members Family Kitchen serves. Newport Avenue Market worked hand in hand with their warehouse, Unified Grocers, to selectively order hundreds of fresh foods, at wholesale prices, from Family Kitchen’s wish list. A total of 952 gallons of milk, 4,896 eggs, 300 pounds of quality lunchmeats and 240 pounds of cheese were donated, among other items.
To participate, shoppers must come into the market anytime Dec. 1 – 31, let the cashier know how much they’d like to donate for Food for February and write their name on the “paper plate” provided to be proudly displayed in the store. Once results are in, they will be emailed to newsletter subscribers and posted on Newport Avenue Market’s Facebook page.
For more information about Food for February or Newport Avenue Market, call 541-382-3940 or visit www.newportavemarket.com.
Located on the west end of beautiful Bend, Oregon and locally family-owned since 1976, Newport Avenue Market serves as the food hub of Central Oregon, offering shoppers both mainstream and specialty grocery options, all in a vibrant environment. A 16-time winner of “Best Grocery Store” in Central Oregon, as voted in The Source Weekly’s annual community poll, the market prides itself in supporting neighborhoods and producers. Their expansive selection of high-quality, in-demand food and beverage items, otherwise known as the “Triple G” – Groceries, Gadgets and Gifts! – keeps shoppers always on their toes. The store employs over 100 “internal foodies,” with an average employee tenure of 10+ years (no lie!). With an atmosphere where people in the community come together for all things food, and not to mention a selection of over 500 brews to choose from, Newport Avenue Market has become the food hub of Central Oregon. For more information about Newport Avenue Market, please call 541-382-3940 or visit www.newportavemarket.com.