Meet the Nonprofits


At New Seasons, we believe that sharing our success with our community is simply the right thing to do. That’s why 10% of our after-tax profits go to nonprofits in the communities our store serve, with a focus on feeding the hungry, educating our youth and sustaining our local agriculture.


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Meals on Wheels People

 

Since 1970, Meals on Wheels People has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through 31 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals on Wheels delivery to homebound seniors.

New Seasons Market has a special fondness for this organization; each of our stores has either a Meals on Wheels route or serves in one of the non-profit’s neighborhood centers. Every year during the five days before Thanksgiving, we host the Donate Dinner program, encouraging customers to donate to Meals on Wheels People right at the register—ensuring that seniors in our community don’t experience hunger.

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Oregon Food Bank West

Part of the regional food bank network of the Oregon Food Bank, this division serves the non-profit’s mission of eliminating hunger and its root causes—because no one should be hungry. Taking a holistic approach to ending hunger, our Cedar Hills store helps OFB West bring the community together to provide food, education and hope to neighbors in need.

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Evergreen School District

Evergreen Elementary School District provides all students a high quality education in a safe and nurturing environment where each student demonstrates a spirit of respect, responsibility and a commitment to academic and civic excellence. The district partners with our New Seasons Market Evergreen store to support teacher appreciation days, wellness events and student tours—ensuring the next generation of eaters are educated about their regional food shed.

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Veggielution

Six acres of brush in San Jose was turned into a thriving community farm, fostering positive social interactions between all those who participate—including the staff at our New Seasons Market Evergreen location. The organization recognizes that the Santa Clara Valley, its soil, ecosystem, and watershed are important resources for future generations. In choosing to be a catalyst for food system-change, Veggielution educates people about sustainable farming and contributes to the regional food system by providing fresh, local food sources for San Jose. Veggielution also leads garden classes at our Evergreen location, teaching customers how to grow veggies at home.

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Second Harvest Food Bank

Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. SHFB is the hunger partner of New Seasons Market Evergreen; customers can make at-register donations any time they shop Evergreen.

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The Wetlands Conservancy

The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC) is the only organization in Oregon dedicated to promoting community and private partnerships to permanently protect and conserve Oregon’s greatest wetlands – our most biologically rich and diverse lands. For more than 30 years, The Wetlands Conservancy has educated and assisted landowners, neighborhood groups, land trusts, and watershed councils on local stewardship to support fish and wildlife, clean water, open space and people’s appreciation of nature. A long-time supporter of the organization, New Seasons staff members regularly provide community service—including our Nyberg Rivers staff who planted trees and shrubbery in the wetlands around the Tualatin River prior to the store’s opening.

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HomePlate Youth Services

HomePlate supports the positive development of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability through community building, education, access to food and services, and youth empowerment. HomePlate envisions communities where homelessness is a short-term circumstance, not a long term or chronic condition, and youth are supported in their communities. New Seasons sponsors FarmPlate, the organization’s annual fundraiser, and staff members regularly volunteer to cook an evening meal for homeless youth in Washington County.

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Zenger Farm

Founded in 1999, Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. It consists of 20 acres of farm and wetland in outer southeast Portland, Oregon. New Seasons Market has supported Zenger Farm for years, with staff community service hours as well as major contributions toward their new Urban Grange—where you can find the New Seasons Market Gather and Gab porch.

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p:ear

p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art, meals and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year, p:ear’s programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people, ages 15 to 24. Our staff regularly volunteer at p:ear, cooking a mid-day meal served to homeless youth—often the only full meal they’ll have the whole day.

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Clark County Food Bank

Clark County Food Bank distributes 6 million pounds of food and 5 million meals a year and partners with 34 local agencies and programs to serve the food insecure in the Vancouver community. As a Hunger Alliance Partner sponsor, Fisher’s Landing staff participate in fundraising events and have contributed community service hours at the Clark County Food Bank’s fresh food gardens.

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Share

Vancouver, Washington’s Share envisions a community without hunger, and its mission is to lead the hungry and homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing, education, advocacy and compassion through the strength of the Vancouver community. Our Fisher’s Landing store staff volunteers at Share’s centers and have acted as guest chefs at fundraisers.

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Evergreen School District Foundation

As a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Evergreen Public Schools, the ESDF partners with our community to bridge the basic needs gap, foster innovative and engaging learning experiences and maximize opportunities to ensure that all students have access to a world-competitive education. Those of us who work at New Seasons Market Fisher’s Landing have children who are classmates of our customer’s children—so it’s important that we support that next generation.