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Retailers Reveal Philanthropic Pursuits

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Natural Grocers, Ahold Delhaize, and HelloFresh recently announced initiatives to work with nonprofit organizations to give back to the communities they serve.

Ahold Delhaize is sponsoring The Global FoodBanking Network, an international organization dedicated to hunger relief while reducing food loss and waste. Starting in July, the retail giant will contribute to the nonprofit’s mission of supporting community-led food banks.

“Food banks are rooted in their communities, which makes them key actors in reducing food insecurity and minimizing food waste and the corrosive impact it has on the climate,” said Lisa Moon, president and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network, in a statement. “Thoughtful partnerships like this one with Ahold Delhaize fortify those community bonds by providing impactful support and expertise that will help food banks ensure that more food ends up on families' tables. Together we can nourish people and the planet.”

Whirlpool recently tapped HelloFresh and logistics firm TQL to expand the Feel Good Fridge program, an initiative providing refurbished refrigerators to food pantries and nonprofit organizations across the county.

The three companies are expanding their resources and expertise to reach more people in need across the country, according to Whirlpool. Together, they'll impact 13 cities with Whirlpool providing 2000 refrigerators which TQL will transport and HelloFresh will help fill with fresh ingredients.

"Increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh produce and ingredients is a key part of HelloFresh's mission to fight food insecurity," said Jeff Yorzyk, senior director of sustainability at HelloFresh, in a statement. "We're proud to partner with Whirlpool and TQL to help alleviate food insecurity by meeting communities in need where they are."

Natural Grocers is partnering with UCHealth for its second year on the Ready.Set.CO program. This state-wide challenge helps improve the health of Colorado citizens. Through the effort, over 50 organizations and nine Colorado sports teams are offering information and resources to help participants improve their health and well-being.

"At Natural Grocers, we are dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of our communities. Partnering with UCHealth for the Ready. Set. CO. program is a perfect alignment with our mission to provide access to high-quality, affordable nutrition and promote healthy living," said Raquel Isely, VP of Natural Grocers, in a statement. "We are delighted to renew our partnership commitment. We're proud to be included in this amazing group of partners, each invested in the health and wellbeing of Coloradans."