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Store collecting food, cash donations for 'Independence from Hunger' campaign

Although Independence Day has passed, Newberg Grocery Outlet will keep its red, white and blue banners up a while longer as the store holds its "Independence from Hunger" fundraiser through the end of July.

While part of a companywide campaign, the store will support Newberg FISH with all customer-donated funds and food over the course of the month, according to announcements from the store.

Store owners Jason and Sandy Thornton noted how fortunate they have been to grow the business since taking ownership of the store in 2016 and hoped customers would join them in giving back with whatever any individual or family can spare.

"It is a blessing to be able to give back and help out as many individuals and families as we can," a statement said. "It is our hope that generosity will become contagious and every person who can, will donate no matter how small. One dollar can add up very quickly when it is multiplied by 100, 200 or 500."

The local fundraiser is part of a wider campaign by the California-based grocery chain to raise $1 million from among its participating stores to curb hunger. Going into its seventh year, the campaign has reportedly generated a total of $2.2 million from all previous years' efforts.

A company press release indicates that over 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, live in food insecure homes, citing 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. It stresses that July is a time when emergency food services have the most need for resources.

This is the first year the store is working with Newberg FISH with this fundraiser.

The nonprofit organization, a member of the cooperative Oregon Food Network, principally provides emergency food to families that are struggling financially or those who are eligible by federal guidelines in the area.

Newberg Grocery Outlet reported on its Facebook page that it had gather nearly $400 as of Friday.

Customers can contribute while shopping by picking out items labeled as "high need" or a pre-filled bag of food, purchasing those items and dropping them off at a bin at the front of the store. Customers can also donate cash in person and the store is offering a $5 coupon off of a future purchase of at least $25 to those who give up to $5 either in store or online at https://groceryoutlet.network forgood.com/projects/32347.

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