Neighbors Serving Neighbors
The Fresh Market is committed to being an active part of the communities where we do business and our employees enthusiastically support local organizations that are important to the communities and our customers. The stores are encouraged to make community relations an integral part of their business.
All of our stores provide regular donations to local food banks. In 2011, our stores donated more than $8.9 million worth of food. In 2012, that number surpassed $13.8 million.
With a quarterly budget for in-kind donations, our stores engage in a variety of fun and creative fundraising efforts and partnerships with local nonprofit (501c3) organizations.
Because we encourage our stores to partner with local organizations, all donations are coordinated by our stores. Requests for donations such as gift cards and gift baskets for fundraisers and auctions, food for community events and meetings, bottled water and fruit for walks and runs, as well participation in community events should be directed to the store managers. To find your local store, click here.
When requesting a donation, please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Provide the store manager with a written request on the nonprofit organization’s letterhead, including a valid tax ID number and details regarding the request
- Visit your local store in person with the written request at least two weeks before the date the donation is needed
- While our stores do their best to accommodate each group’s request, please understand that we receive many requests and may not be able to fulfill all of them
The Fresh Market is pleased to announce that we partnered with the New England Aquarium to develop an Environmentally Sustainable Seafood policy that will shape all future product sourcing decisions and inspire us to continuously improve the environmental responsibility of the items we sell in our seafood department. This commitment recognizes the increasing importance of sustainability in being able to provide our customers with the highest quality seafood they expect from us for many years to come.
Share Our Strength® - No Kid Hungry® Campaign
The Fresh Market is a proud partner of Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, committed to ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign - a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 - Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level.
The Fresh Market's inaugural spring "Cupcakes for a Cause" fundraising event raised over $282,000 for No Kid Hungry in 2013. Visit Strength.org to get involved.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Fresh Market is proud of its long-standing partnership with JDRF in their mission to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes. We support JDRF nationally in a variety of fundraising efforts throughout the year.
To date, we have raised over $2.73 million for JDRF and helped increase awareness of their cause through our annual Sneaker Sale and Sidewalk Sale, our Wine Gala program, corporate donations, and other fundraising events.