Caribou Coffee Partners with The Food Group to Donate Highly Requested Food Shelf Item

Partnership Provides Two Simple Ways for Guests to Give Back

MINNEAPOLIS - November 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Many could use a little extra boost this time of year and that’s why coffee is one of the most requested items at food shelves. To address this need, Caribou Coffee is encouraging guests to join them in donating coffee to The Food Group this holiday season.

"We are always grateful for food donations around the holidays. There is a shortage of coffee in food shelves and food banks and we’re thrilled to partner with Caribou Coffee to ensure shelves are stocked with coffee this season"

Guests can donate Reindeer Blend coffee at their local Caribou Coffee to be distributed to The Food Group, formerly known as Emergency Foodshelf Network. In addition, for each holiday story completed on www.CaribouCoffeeStories.com the company will donate one pound of coffee to The Food Group to support those in Minnesota who need a little help this holiday season.

Caribou Coffee locations across Minnesota will be partnering with The Food Group, a full-service food bank with more than 200 hunger relief partners statewide. "We are always grateful for food donations around the holidays. There is a shortage of coffee in food shelves and food banks and we’re thrilled to partner with Caribou Coffee to ensure shelves are stocked with coffee this season," said Lori Kratchmer, executive director at The Food Group.

"Throughout the year we strive to address food scarcity through our food donation program in-stores and now with the holiday season at hand we are focusing our attention on one of the most requested food shelf items: coffee," said Megan Fraboni, public relations manager at Caribou Coffee. "We hope our guests join us and give those in our communities who are facing food insecurities a boost this holiday season."

Caribou Coffee invites fans to help tell three holiday stories; the first line of which is printed on each size of the company’s holiday cups. Guests are encouraged to get creative by finishing a story, or take a break from their holiday to-do list and enjoy other people’s submissions. By visiting www.CaribouCoffeeStories.com guests can simply complete a holiday story and the company will donate one pound of coffee to The Food Group*.

Hunger Facts:

  • Hunger is in every county in Minnesota.
  • Food shelf usage in the nine-county metro reached a record 1.7 million visits in 2013, a nearly 50% increase from pre-recession numbers (Hunger Solutions 2014).
  • The Food Group distributed 4,762,126 million pounds of food in 2013, which equates to 3,968,438 million meals.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/cariboucoffee. To complete a holiday story visit, www.CaribouCoffeeStories.com.

*Minimum donation of 500 lbs. of coffee. Maximum donation of 3,250 lbs. of coffee.

About Caribou Coffee

Founded in 1992, Caribou Coffee is the second largest company-operated premium coffeehouse in the United States with more than 264* company owned stores and 119* domestic license locations in 18* states and 173* international franchise stores in 10* countries. Caribou Coffee provides high-quality, handcrafted beverages and food options to fuel life’s adventures, both big and small. Known for a commitment to sustainability, the Company was the first major U.S. coffeehouse to serve 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees and espresso. Caribou Coffee products can also be found in grocery stores, mass retailers, club stores, foodservice providers, hotels, entertainment venues and online. For more information, visit www.cariboucoffee.com.

*Store counts are accurate as of October 20, 2014. For updated numbers contact mediarelations@cariboucoffee.com

About The Food Group

The Food Group, formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network, is a local hunger relief nonprofit focused on healthy food access. We provide nutritious food and support services to over 200 hunger relief partners, including food shelves, on-site meal programs, mobile food shelf sites, and Fare For All sites throughout the state. Food shelf and on-site meal program partners receive free donations from The Food Group and supplement what isn’t donated by purchasing basic staples at or below wholesale cost through our bulk purchasing program. Through partnership with subsidized housing buildings, our mobile food shelf program brings food directly to the homes of residents experiencing transportation barriers. The Fare For All program offers healthy food at affordable prices to help individuals stretch their budgets. Through our innovative group of partners and direct programs we work to provide good foods in the good fight against hunger. The Food Group helps its network serve over two million individuals per year. For more information, visit www.thefoorgroupmn.org

SOURCE Caribou Coffee

Contact:

Eliza Casper
Exponent PR
612-305-6327
eliza.casper@exponentpr.com

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