Newport Avenue Market, Bend, Ore., raised $50,000 in its Food for February fundraiser that will be used to purchase groceries at cost for Family Kitchen of Bend and will provide meals for a year. The store matched shoppers’ donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000.
Since 2011, Food for February has raised nearly $185,000, including $89,000 in matching funds from Newport Avenue Market. February is one of the hardest months for the food insecure in Central Oregon.
The store works with its wholesaler, Unified Grocers, to use the money raised to order fresh food items from Family Kitchen’s shopping list.
"Food for February represents Family’s Kitchen largest in-kind donation each year, coming from hundreds of shoppers and the employee-owned market,” said Donna Burklo, Family Kitchen's development director. “That represents a lot of people caring for their neighbors – it is a true community effort.”