Food Lifeline is fortunate to partner with local grocery stores to rescue food that would otherwise end up in a landfill. QFC started the Grocery Rescue program with Food Lifeline and for nearly two decades, they’ve given food, time and financial contributions to support hunger solutions in Western Washington.
QFC is involved with Food Lifeline on both the corporate and local store levels. During the holidays — one of our busiest seasons of the year — the company launches its Bringing Hope to the Table campaign. All QFC stores host food drives, encourage customers to donate at checkout and display products to be sold with a portion of proceeds going to Food Lifeline.
Bringing Hope to the Table began in 2001 and has grown to include an online food drive in which patrons are able to donate $10 virtual bags of food. This past holiday season, 155,000 bags of product were purchased online and used to fill Food Lifeline’s warehouse! Additionally, the 2015 checkout campaign raised nearly $70,000 to help solve hunger!
“We sell food and have the responsibility to give back to the community,” says Zach Stratton, Community Affairs Specialist at QFC. “There’s a lot of need in our area. If we have the ability to help in any way, we will.”
Zach consistently hears customers and associates say hunger relief is the primary cause they want to see QFC support, and Food Lifeline is the company’s top partner year-round. Perishable food donations from QFC stores are distributed through our network of member agencies daily and employees volunteer with both Food Lifeline and our partners.
“It’s amazing to see what Food Lifeline is able to do on both a large-scale and local level — and it’s great to see our partnership grow,” Zach says.
We are so grateful to QFC for their efforts to solve hunger in Western Washington. With the help of generous grocery rescue partners, we’re able to connect our hungry neighbors with healthy food that would otherwise go to waste. Thank you, QFC!