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8th annual Grocery Outlet Independence From Hunger® Food Drive gets underway

Last year, Ferndale Grocery Outlet shoppers contributed $9,570 in food and cash at the Ferndale Grocery Outlet during the company’s national annual Independence From Hunger® Food Drive during the month of July. The food and cash went to the Ferndale Food Bank to assist local families in need.

This year’s campaign is underway as of today and continues through July 27th.

Customers can donate to the campaign by visiting the Ferndale Grocery Outlet at 1750 LaBounty Drive and taking advantage of any of the different ways to donate.

  • Give $5, get $5. Donate $5 or more in a single transaction in-store or online and you will receive a coupon for $5 off a future purchase of $25 or more.
  • Purchase one or more pre-made bags filled with an assortment of groceries selected by the Ferndale Food Bank and place it in a collection bin at the front of the store.
  • Purchase $1 and $5 money donation vouchers.

A “Stuff the Van” event is planned for Saturday, July 7th. The Ferndale Food Bank’s van will be on-site at Ferndale Grocery Outlet from 10am to 5pm with the goal of “stuffing” it with donations. In addition, Ferndale Food Bank representatives will be on hand to answer questions and help educate the community about the Ferndale Food Bank and its services.

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Brown said they will be serving hot dogs a drink and chips for a modest donation during the Stuff the Van event. Hempler’s has donated the hot dogs and Franz Bakery has donated hot dog buns. All donations will go to the food bank. A local lemonade and kettle corn vendor set up outside Ferndale Grocery Outlet will donate $3 for every bag of kettle corn they sell.

The Ferndale Grocery Outlet store is independently owned and operated by Larry Brown who said he, along with his wife, Beth, are committed to giving back to the local community.

Brown said the nearly $10,000 in donations raised locally in 2017 went far beyond the $2,500 raised during the 2016 campaign. The 2018 campaign goal is $15,000 according to Brown.


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