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Grocery Outlet Food Drive 071518

Jul 13, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH CORY PRICE, OWNER OF GROCERY OUTLET GRESHAM, ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE FROM HUNGER FOOD DRIVE.

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This is metro scope and inner calm real Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks of summertime is a critical time for people with food insecurity in on this show we've got some ways that you can help out. On the show this time I would like to welcome Corey price Cory is the owner of the grocery aisle lit in Gresham hitter Cory has don't. Yeah I don't know if they're doing very good so I wanna talk to you today about something that you guys have going on for the month of July at all grocery outlets to me what's happened. So during the month of July would do any independence from hunger food drive where every local grocery outlet partners up with a community partner. To raise funds and food for that food bank or less food pantry. And the guy has done this for several years now right. Yet if there eight you're doing it. And it's been a phenomenal partnership with our communities and the great thing about it is a 100% of the food and money raised goes straight to that agency. Wow let's set served. But not everybody can say that when he dupe of a drive like that. Yeah and that's kind of a unique thing about harsh reality is that we really our community focused and really focused on part of our communities. And this is an opportunity for us just kind of further restrict no bond for their communities. The food and money raised is helping the local services correct. Yes so I aggression and we decided to partner up with no kept we need charities there east Obama county's largest food pantry. And they serve everybody from a I believe is from 122 east to the mound so they have a large area that they serve. It's a really big area yeah mergers look he's. So my store located at one negative and division were kind of on the southern border of the Rockwood community. So we have a large immigrant population there that. I shop our door and and also. You light snow caps so it kind of the reason why we chose that snow capped is that kind of partnership with the community and with that customer base that we are ready Serbs so as a natural fit for us. That is really great grocery delicate so involved in the community directly surrounding the store. Yeah and that's kind of unique model coshow it is every locations in Italy owned and operated. And most of the owners live within their communities. And it's not every day going to the court shoe store and see the owner Rick they're working by the employees. And build actually goes straight there with a question or concern. And not call like 1800 number to get an answer they're right there in the community in the store. Very approachable various social. So I came into the grocery Elwood in Gresham right after this interview I can find you when you would help me help. I would and the a fun night here I got a phenomenal team of employees here today I am very proud of and I consider all of them families so. So the food drive in them money drive the I'm going for the month of July independence from hunger and why did you guys choose the month of July to do this. So it was started because. During the month of November and December. People are very given their time energy and money and donate a lot to food pantries and food banks. Well. During this summer is win a lot of donations drop off and a lot of people are not thinking because they are I gave a lot back in December. So a lot of food pantries co dry and end up being very. Low on inventory. So. It was kind of created out of the need of that and it guilt thing about it you know we got kids out of school rate now so a lot of the backpack but he programs are operated over the summer. So let's put even more strain on our local food pantries. And so the need even more during July because these it has been out of school and not being fed by the school's. So food pantry or just getting hit from both sides now. And the need is up and donations are down and goes a natural fit to do this and it has her hunger food drive. To really help boost the least food pantries up and boost their levels so they can make it through to the peak season of giving of November or December. That really makes a lot of sense that summertime would be a time when food pantries are really hit pretty hard and it's great the grocery Elwood is bringing that attention. Because we don't often think about summertime being the time to to give to a food bank. Yeah and you know it's really unfortunate that you think about our education in our students out there are a lot of them during the school year that's when they eat the best. And during the summer a lot of them are struggle ending going hungry and stuff and the food pantries can only do so much form and this is where community partners and business leaders need to kinda. Step forward and help support our food pantries and that's right really love about in a controller from drivers really stepping forward and say hey no. We have responsibility also to help these kids and help these families. And it's really comes down to that community partnership. What are ways that our listeners can help out wouldn't how to how do we how we give back. So. One of the great things is that we started a couple of years ago was that give five get five promotion. So as a customer donate five dollars. In any of our stores they get a five dollar off coupon. Good off for the future order at twenty dollars or more. That's great so about five dollar that they donate will go to the nonprofit. Or community partner and in the country we'll get fired off coupon that's good for future purchase without remorse so. It's you know who. No risk in Noah harm on that cutters are they can donate until good and then they get the coupons and thank you. And five bucks that's that's a that's a great amount of notes that's a lot of people knew that. Yeah and that's double they know where it's a very I mean I hate the very approachable number that many people can do I mean it's one copyright right. It wouldn't give up one latte for the needy. We get all kind of band together and really helped. Our neighbors. And you were saying 100% of the cash donations go directly to them to the nonprofit. Yep so the five dollars you give fits all five it's going. Yeah all fight it goes to that media organization and that and it's one of those things where like snow capped. For instance they by a lot of food from New Orleans food bank and nick and obviously by about a pound and get a really good deal on it. So sometimes you don't money donations works are really good for these guys is because when they do need to buy those expensive items like peanut butter. Big environment bull from northern food bank and get them at a wholesale price. And that's in the head and really realizes is they eat the food bank like snow capped needs to purchase stuff from the from the organ for bank I didn't realize that that was the process. Yet kind of higher hierarchical system of people not separate the ups and the Wear that. To order food bank is kind of like the mother bake. And then all the prevention and area can kind of leverage source through banks buying power and holding power to go to supplied their local pantries. I guess it totally makes sense your new bank is huge. Yet if you enormous and it's a giant warehouse that is. Able to take on truckloads of donations which a lot of the local community food banks can't be that. Britain the other smaller ones just can't handle that that America. Are there other ways people can help well besides the five dollar the times I've to get I get five. Yes so there's also a few I know some people do not always trust the system of donating cash we also have pre made bad that are within the store. And what they are they're filled up with an assortment of treasuries and collected items that are local food pantry has identified a need items. And it's five dollars also please go to the five dollar coupon but you can donate food correctly and the pre made grab and go back each got a picture which expand. Adams can't afford you take it from they get donated to the barrel so to direct way to donate food if you wanted to not just donate cash. And do those pre made bags go directly to soak up. Yet those children could stoke up also so. Stuff and our bags this year we did. A protein note tune we did then dried beans and vegetable and also won the big needs right now and a lot of food pantries and area paint it put it. Stomachs and didn't realize what you. Everybody got to go right right. So you included that in your in your some Weaver bags. Yes silverback federal political and also to help kind of with a personal hygiene items. That is a really great way to do it because you don't even have to think about you just go and say OK and all ball by wanted to cremate bags 'cause some thoughtful person a grocery Elin has made this up they know. What the need is and that's just a really simple way to make a difference. Yeah and the person still qualified for us by our coupons soon. It's a vote. He'd donate food you open under and you also gotta fight our coupons so. Let this go into the whole month of July is Eric. Yet goes through the end of July. We were started it June 27. And were running for five weeks. And down our personal goal here at the store is to raise 101000 dollars in cash and food donations. Know where you are yet. Were over 3000 dollars right now and we're just over two weeks in on it. So we're on our way were we slow down a little bit so we need to kinda keep picking back up but. Lester we race 4000 and I challenged our team to try to raise 101000 dollars 101000 dollars this year. The joneses is that. Yeah I figure challenge and I can't no one update and I told my team that if we get hit article 101000 dollars. I'll let distort shave my head and shake my beard off or Nissan. Lou lectures and abortion. Sacrifice which would real bad for you does that summertime it's hot yeah I don't know what it is sad about it you know how Cilic who with a pair. Actually like me were there. We're talking today with Corey price Cory is the owner of the grocery outlet in Gresham and Al grocery Ellis stores for the month of July or having their independence from hunger campaign. Now are you having any special events insurers were in particular tube top group raise money and awareness. So one of the things we also have done is invited snow cap into the store so they're here on the seventh last Saturday's Addai had. A boot setup just kind of sharing with people and information and knowledge on still cabin what they do for. Our neighborhood and our communities and election be back in this story again. Next Saturday the 21. From twelve to two so. I really want to kind of like them and so to have a face with beneficiary of Darfur drives appeal can I ask them questions and even knows they'll get better. Yeah that's a really great and great way to do it because of people can really see what's going on. Yes and you know and you wanna see where your money goes you wanna see where those donations go and I feel like it was a great opportunity to kinda. Take that they'll fix yourself a little bit of like okay who is look at what they do and they help a lot of people and they do a lot of good or community and they don't just offer. Food service further hungry and stuff I mean. They even have clothes and that kind of suffer. Knit community here is the area. So they hell of a kind of a retail outlet free people in the ghetto go pick out stuff. Yes so like an individual is having a job interview or so much that they need an outfit for that they have a little. Closing clothing there there they go into today that CU and they really try to be a well rounded. Community member. That's truly great. Good to hear that. To a kind of need there is out there right now. I've tourists from like a food donation level or just kind of like kind of mean just in general would probably food in particular. Food because you know it's always one of those things during the summer. Eating meals to make for the families. As always what I've kind of heard. Is you know obviously making sure we keep proteins in the Nielsen net as. And just really trying to have a good wholesome meal that is. For the fairways is so hard and you know. Not a lot of these. But individually these families have like the full kitchens but certainly easier to meal is to make. The more. Accessible before these people need. And summertime too easily result in about doing stuff here's the kids are all over the place. Yeah with the terrain nobody into the house for for a meal is is difficult at times. Yeah and I mean it's I know we will turn the other on nobody wants to. Because had no real heavy hot meal and I mean. You know sometimes he needed talent is just easier than turn the oven until I feel elegant. Absolutely it but but yet they can of tuna fish is being your best friend at times. Mix makes for a quick easy sandwiched. Exactly and you know the other thing that's look at it always been the other volunteers to help out. Compared to sell. If any of your listeners marriage that a volunteer and they're always looking for people I mean they'll do you groups there to help sort out product car. Any community organizations don't wanna do kind of like a pair for a kind of campaign to go into the food pantry and learn more they're always willing to take volunteers there. That's schools do not have any idea what their website is or how we do all the the. There website is that he did have a gut snow capped dot org. Com they're located. Just off of a 177. And start. You know kind of in order to get set piece speeches prepared sure you know they re behind there that people go in there that. They have a community garden and they got the food pantry. I read it volunteered last winner where we had. Six or seven out of Apple's iPad donated that we're. Not a great day Apple's so they needed to sort through his belt so. We're still sort through six or seven picked up out of apple just trying to get all the battles out there and back him up putting go up the ballot in the commons shopping. You know it's really great team building to do stuff like that we did that once or the radio station we were to the organ food bank and we it was just really fun. We had a great time for a. So for those things to where you know I feel like volunteers and other hole in our community is dying off unfortunately. And now it's time that even greater need of what we need volunteerism and we need people are they're serving our neighbors of certain element. Absolutely because it's you community is just so important. Yeah and you know. I just up on their website here in other. Talk about even doing like a mobile food pantry to that they be I didn't realize that that was one of the things they offered to where they'll go to low income schools and apartment complexes to help reach the family. I don't that's really great until they're doing really amazing work Helen have you worked with them. So I've I've owned aggression location for four years. This September and we've always part of this though cap. Because I've always kind of appreciated what they do and how they. A really. Trying their best. Just help people get out of poverty get out of hunger issues and it's not really like a handout their return did end up kind of mentality. It's really important. Tell me and that I was going on earth and others say you know there are therefore the they've gone clients Monday through Friday at eight at UD from ten to twos so. They are. They're always out there to serve and always available for. They need you to come in and get help. It's no cap designed in a way that people we know women becoming joining and do shopping there or they have pre made of boxes and bags. Yet they do kind of like a shopping kind of system. They called the free food market. They had a pretty good market would just kind of like the boxes that kind of that they know and stick up like a food box. But then they also kind of like we'll do it shopping center I think we can come in and kind of take a what you want what you need because not everybody wants to know necessarily prime. Exactly a big big dilemma means may not be the best. And they really try to be cognizant of that went there and they're probably begin my. Kind of like what they apples that we are sorting you know. Somebody might not wanna hole buck apple but to break it down a bit more approachable numbers we can help more people that. That's at such him a great way to do because of there's so much less waste. Depth. And they know it's just those volunteer hands haven't got through it and make it so. Hey we got a twenty combat a penalty. Let's bring in the five pound bag so we could help for people don't want. Right. There really goes along ways. Tell about how your employees are embracing all of this they have a good time with us this food drive. They're having a really good time with it and you know obviously the checks beans are the where a lot of they'll happen and that kind of stuff. But we kind of made thirteen challenged throughout the whole store. To where. Each department and each employee. Can be entered to win a ten dollar gift card to restore that I'm paying for. So then that they're being got to buy into it and kind of really helped kind of promote this really good thing that we give her community. And their a lot of television and join in. The challenge and a little bit of competitiveness that comes with it. That's always good give Mota and competitiveness is good motivation. And now I mean they've really taken and ran and you know it is said that you really have 4000. In five weeks and in two weeks we've done over 3000 so I mean we're gonna blow away Lester number it's working. So. And everything I've been doing really kind of trying to get outside this door and just kind of promoted to the communities so. Going to chamber of commerce and promote know what other business owners and is leaders has really helped us also with the success of the program justice. Keep it on the forefront of people's minds of what we're doing. Now so we wanted to come into your Roche real location and Gresham and just do some shopping and donate that to snow capped is that a possibility as well. Yet we got donation barrels up front here of that the Czech airlines that are available for them to donate food into. With. Food they were purchased off the shelves they wouldn't necessarily qualify for the fight dollar coupon. Because this specific. You can see that be run through good accurate Ekuban. So they did one of shop for food to donate to snow capped. And get a coupon there it just trying to deflect one of the premier back to be the easiest way to do it. But hey if some of the wanna buy food don't it's okay have. I think goes to a good cause but still it. And grocery LOB a great place to come and do shopping because it's really affordable. Yet it. Bushy is. A bargain market a customer can save fifty to 30% off their typical shopping bill. Good show that you need to Wear it. Where an opportunistic. Buyer of groceries a lot of times so we might get manufactured close. Package changes. Any like that. And with Apple's patent on the customer. And it's amazing how you can. Get a box of crackers that he might pay three or four dollars. The mainland retailer and you get for 99 cents or two dollars here. So. How does that work cut is made it clear of some misconceptions about grocery outlet for us. So one of the misconceptions is that we only sell expired getting cancer and which is a misconception that we still fresh product that they might be close stated but we have a company called deal where we don't feel any impact decoded anymore. We sell our percent by the expiration date and the misconception that we sell the data can then the bad product. Well a lot of times you know. But let's say at the new hit movie the incredible right aren't. They might be a big marketing campaign for that with Syria oh cookies crackers all that stuff. And they might have empty boxes sit around and a warehouse was all that promotional material left in the period after the promotion and well at no point thrown that packaging away they fill it up with fresh product so that coshow had a discount. Still good product just an outdated box as far as the marketing on a goes and the customer wins. That's brew that's a really great concept. Yes so there's no point thrown away and personally they're packaging. Michael felt herself and so that's sorely needed really good deal is close outs and you know sometimes say. They flare Fred Meyer might run a promo or marketing deal on an item and they over order for it. Well they can't sit on a product and they can't. Had to sit in a whereas they get room so good shell command by a lot of that from crown after the major manufacturers that. Our Promos and the better than it did. We buy at a discount passes they've got a the customer. I know looking to the grocery all of these in my neighborhood I go there for wine and cheese almost all the time. We have issued wind following among the good trio. Family. It's amazing now I mean. Why anyone of those items that you drink wine and low lying you it's an amazing about the wind yeah. And even at the cheaters you know like how often can you don't find it imported smoke spewed 42 united and down. Often not very often get McCain. Fires the gun down at a traditional retail and economic punting it coshow it's really about the bargain hunt. And trader at that you know. We might not always have this scene can't corn. But we always have some brand or some and like it. And you know we owe it to our customers that you like it and you really love that I don't you better buy it all the day because it might not be here tomorrow. That's like them but it's a whole story reduce meego. It is and you know that's kind of the fun thing about this tour I don't look at it the governor and as we're because. Every day's a new day it's always fun to see what are buyers. Down and rebuild or begin for us at are local world so we order from them. Any other kind of a fun thing about the Grushow model being in an owner operators. Is that we order in the product for our customers and our shoppers. So you might shop the bush up by your house. Has totally different car than what I carry in my store it all based on your customer and your customer needs. Spouse has a great concept where in the last we have a couple minutes or let's move. Tell me more about attitude tell me all the details about the independence from hunger campaign. So venomous and on the campaign we have have about three weeks left in it. You know too it's kind of I got a little bit of actually hear that guy given to me that's about hunger in our community and stuff that. 41 point two million people live and food insecure households. With in the US and twelve point nine million children are in that. We just sat me so that many children going hungry. And July is the biggest need right now for all our community banks. And so every girl showed that it really owned and operated is partnering with a neighborhood. Within that community food pantry or food bank to directly benefit and to raise money it's good for those people. So all the money all the food its speed in that community which is phenomenal I love that. That is so important. It's not going to count it's not gonna tell happier California you know it's at the money is raised and donated impression. Its state aggression. So great. So tell me about the give five get five. So to give five get five if you donate five dollars or more antsy transaction in store. You'll receive a coupon for five dollars off a future purchase a twenty by the Baltimore. So the customer. Almost its capability. But at that. Yeah total hit. And 100% of that goes directly to them the cheering. If so under percent of the money and food that we raise here Gresham goes straight to so kept community charities that day you. Do a phenomenal job of kind of spurted out to all the people that are in need and snow capped his readiness center Rockwood itch which is one of the largest immigrant populations with in the Portland mature area. So the need is so huge drain down with it in between Iraq would that. Snow caps prime rate in the right position to help all those people. What's only Diaz is doing amazing work thank you for almost a Purdue. Oh it's our pleasure and you know warning people on given back as long as I. I'm having a good save on a. Awesome cook but we were talking today with current crises the owner of the grocery Ellen impression thanks again gory. Thank you. Mitchell's go fees and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with a non profit for public affairs organization or if you have an ideal for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. This is microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website and submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metros go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.