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06/30/2014 9:21 AM

Hunger is a reality for more than 50 million Americans, or one in seven people living in the United States. To create awareness of this issue and help their neighbors in need, the Jackson Grocery Outlet store is kicking off its fourth annual “Independence from Hunger” food drive, a month-long, company-wide campaign. Together, Jackson Grocery Outlet and its customers can help to feed people in Amador County facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity. Over the past two years, more than $500,000 has been raised in cash, gift cards and food donations towards this effort.

During the month of July, Jackson Grocery Outlet is encouraging customers to donate food and cash to support the Interfaith Food Bank. Summer is a time when food banks often do not see as many food donations. Grocery Outlet is working directly with the Interfaith Food Bank to help neighbors in need over what is traditionally a slow donation period.

“We are extremely proud to once again take up the challenge to help combat hunger in our community through our “Independence from Hunger” campaign,” said Jesse Andriessen, owner of Jackson Grocery Outlet. “As local business owners, we are always looking for ways to make a real difference in the lives of those who live and work within our community. We have a dream that one day everyone will gain independence from hunger. It is a great way to make a significant impact.”

Jackson Grocery Outlet is making it simple to join the “Independence from Hunger” cause with easy options for customers:

Look for specially marked food items. These are items that the Interfaith Food Bank has designated are in need for the community. Purchase these items and put them in the collection bin at the front of the store; Tell a Grocery Outlet cashier that you would like to make a cash donation at the register. All moneys raised will go directly to the Interfaith Food Bank; Purchase a pre-packaged bag of groceries to go directly to the Interfaith Food Bank; Pick up information at the Jackson Grocery Outlet store about hunger, food insecurity and local/national resources for people in need.

Join us at the Jackson Grocery Outlet on July 12, from noon to 3 p.m., for free ice cream cones, with all donations supporting the “Independence from Hunger” campaign.

Grocery Outlet’s campaign will be supported with radio advertising and collateral materials provided by Grocery Outlet headquarters in Berkeley, California.

For more information about Jackson Grocery Outlet and Independence from Hunger, visit visit the Facebook page at

About Jackson Grocery Outlet: Jackson Grocery Outlet, at 9 N. State Hwy 49/88, in Jackson, is locally owned and operated by Jesse and Rhonda Andriessen. Grocery Outlet offers extreme bargains on brand-name merchandise, with prices often up to 50-percent less than conventional retailers. The largest “extreme-value” grocer in the U.S., Grocery Outlet has more than 200 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Pennsylvania. Grocery Outlet carries refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce, organics, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over-the-counter drugs, household products, toys and gifts. A third-generation, family-led company founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet’s mission has always been to provide customers a fun place to find extreme values on name brands they trust. For more information, please visit

About Interfaith Food Bank: The Interfaith Food Bank was established in 1998 when a group of local churches joined to form the Interfaith Council of Amador, made up of churches that, individually, had been trying to support food pantries and food closets to aid those struggling with hunger in Amador County. Since 2000, when the database was established, Interfaith Food Bank has increased the amount of food distributed from 265,000 pounds the first year to almost 1.5 million pounds in 2013. Today, Interfaith Food Bank is serving an average of over 1,870 families and more than 4,850 individuals a month. Many clients are unemployed or working in jobs that do not provide a sustainable living wage.

The Interfaith Food Bank relies primarily on community donations of food and money to support its mission to fight hunger. June through October traditionally is a time of “drought” for the Food Bank. Just like water, funds dry up and the flow of precious monetary donations becomes slow and inconsistent. The support of local supermarkets, such as the Grocery Outlet, is crucial for the Food Bank this time of year to keep up with the local need. “No one should have to face the day hungry.”

Hunger facts: For one in seven Americans, hunger is a reality. And they are often hard-working adults with families, who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. According to the USDA, 48.8 million Americans live in food-insecure households — 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children; 14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) experience food insecurity; Households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children — 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent; 8 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) are food insecure; Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from 5 percent to 38 percent.

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