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Trader Joe's Food Donation Programs

Fighting hunger is central to what we do. We are a grocery store. Thus, providing food for people in need is one of our most important giving priorities.

In 2013, Trader Joe's donated more than $260 million worth of product to food banks.

Trader Joe's long running policy is to donate products that are not fit for sale but are safe for consumption. Each store has a designated Donation Coordinator, whose responsibilities include working with local food banks, food pantries, and/or soup kitchens in their communities to facilitate donations, seven days a week.

We continuously strive to improve our processes in our efforts to reduce food waste and provide hunger relief.

Birdies to Break Hunger

Golf fore donations to fight hunger? We thought we'd take a swing at it. In our "Birdies to Break Hunger" program, we've teamed up with five Florida-based LPGA players - Sandra Gal, Vicky Hurst, Mo Martin, Belen Mozo and Pernilla Lindberg - to chip away at hunger. Each time one of these players records a birdie during an LPGA or other professional event, Trader Joe's will make a donation of $75 to be spread across three food banks in Florida's Feeding America Network: Feeding Northeast Florida, Second Harvest Foodbank of Central Florida and Feeding Southeast Florida. Keep tack of our 1-under-par players and the dollars they are earning to help feed America on our Golf Score Card.

Birdie: a score of one under par on a hole.

Trader Joe's In The Neighborhood

We don't call ourselves "Your Neighborhood Store" just because it sounds catchy. We are committed to being good neighbors, and to us that means taking part in and giving back to our local communities.

That's why we handle all requests for donations and involvement in community events in our stores. Whether it's a silent auction to benefit a local elementary school or a health fair sponsored by a community hospital, your neighborhood Trader Joe's is the place to go*.

If you're interested in finding out more, please contact the Donations Coordinator at your local store. To simplify things even further, we have some basic guidelines that you should follow when requesting a donation of any kind from Trader Joe's. Download Donation Guidelines Here.

* Please understand that because we receive so many requests, we are not able to accommodate every organization.