Shamrock Foods Company is dedicated to giving back to the communities it calls home through various philanthropic efforts including the support of food donations to organizations dedicated to providing food to the hungry.
Currently, more than 11% of the U.S. population depends on nonprofit food distribution organizations for a significant part of their nutritional needs. In the United States, it is estimated that there are 150,000 such private programs helping to feed the hungry. Virtually all these programs use recovered food to sustain their programs. While their strategies and emphases may differ, they all operate under two common assumptions that:
- From fields to markets to tables, the Nation wastes an abundance of edible food; and
- This food can be collected and redirected to feed the hungry.
What Shamrock Foods Is Doing to Help
WHAT IS SHAMROCK SHARES?
Shamrock Shares assists the neediest in our community by supporting local charities through a voluntary payroll deduction program. Contributing is an easy way to show your support and help to fight hunger, homelessness and unemployment. Shamrock Foods will match EVERY dollar that you give.
We have selected 3 NEW charities to direct our charitable efforts; The Women's Bean Project, Work Options for Women and The Samaritan House. Each of these organizations is dedicated to improving the lives of those less fortunate through job training, counseling, case work, life skills coaching and assisting with life's most basic needs.
Please join Shamrock Shares in supporting these organizations in their efforts through financial contributions, food donations and volunteer efforts.
WOMEN'S BEAN PROJECT
Since 1989, Women's Bean Project has been dedicated to helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. Their mission is to change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. Women's Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities. With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families, and create stronger role models for future generations. Shamrock will be able to assist the Women's Bean Project with monetary donations, SBPI, food industry consultation and volunteer opportunities.
WORK OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
WOW provides culinary training, life skills and job training to 'chronically unemployable' women. The program helps homeless and unemployed women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty, become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry. Shamrock will be able to assist with monetary donations, product training and volunteer opportunities.
Samaritan House provides food, shelter, clothing, job placement, training, counseling, case management for the homeless and for veterans. They provide over 260,000 meals per year. They have 260 residents and 100 overflow beds to serve families, single women and single men and Veterans and their families. They prepare residents to move out on their own, instilling self-confidence and self-sufficiency. Residents must work and must save 85% of their pay during their stay at Samaritan House. Shamrock will be able to assist Samaritan House with monetary contributions, volunteer opportunities, canned goods drives and large food donations.
As one of the largest employers in Arizona, Shamrock Foods Company is a significant contributor to the community by supporting more than 80 non-profit organizations every year and donating more than 80,000 pounds of food per month to local food banks, such as St. Mary's Food Bank.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank, is
a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently
gathering and distributing food to the hungry. Serving two-thirds of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization
is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the
quality of life for Arizonans in need.
To learn more about St. Mary's Food Bank, please call 602.352.3640 or visit online at www.firstfoodbank.org.
For information regarding food donor protection, review the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
(Public Law 104-210).