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 2010, Trader Joe's donated more than 25 million pounds of food – that's equal to almost 656 truckloads of food or 20 million meals.
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.
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.
In addition to the time and efforts of our crew, in 2010 we donated more than 102,000 gift baskets to community-sponsored events (that's about equal to a donation of one gift basket a day, every day, at every Trader Joe's store).
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.