PCC Natural Markets donates $10,000 to Lewis County, Wash. flood victims
Donation made to Organic Valley's Art Wedig Disaster Relief Fund
Seattle, Wash., December 11, 2007 — PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation's largest natural foods retail cooperative, has made a $10,000 donation to the Art Wedig Disaster Relief Fund administered by Organic Valley Family Farms, a Wisconsin-based dairy cooperative with farmers throughout the nation.
These funds are earmarked for relief efforts supporting Organic Valley member-owner farmers who have lost livestock and farmland in the recent flooding in Lewis County, Wash.
"With so much devastation hitting so close to home, our members, shoppers and staff wanted to offer hope and support to those affected," said Tracy Wolpert, PCC's CEO. "Organic Valley is a trusted supplier of quality organic dairy products to PCC, and when we learned they had a program in place that assured direct payout of funds to the dairy farmers most in need, we felt confident that this was an excellent place to direct our contribution."
"It is very moving to see so many people coming to the aid of our Washington dairy farmers during this crisis," said George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley. "We are deeply thankful, not just for the gift, but for the opportunity to share the principles of cooperation and community with such a caring organization that PCC represents."
PCC encourages other retailers and consumers to join in the relief effort. Donations can be made through several channels including:
- Mail checks payable to "Art Wedig Disaster Relief Fund" to:
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative
c/o Colleen Skundberg
One Organic Way
La Farge, WI 54639
Please note in memo line: "WA Farmer Flood Relief"
- Donate online through the Olympia Farmers Market at: www.olympiafarmersmarket.com.
- Donate in person at any US Bank branch, specifying the donation is for "Northwest Response."
About Organic Valley Family of Farms: Organic Valley (aka Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative; (CROPP stands for Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools), is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,193 farmers in 32 states and one Canadian province. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces more than 200 organic foods. www.organicvalley.coop
About the Art Wedig Relief Fund: The Art Wedig Fund was established as a memorial by the family of Art Wedig, CROPP member and Board Director. Administered by the Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, the Fund exists solely to help member farmers in their time of need following a natural disaster. Since its inception in 2003, the Fund has assisted farmers after floods, tornadoes, fires, storms and after on-farm injuries and accidents. The money in the Fund is donated from the farmers, employees and friends of the Cooperative. 100 percent of all money donated is available to farmers in need.
About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $112 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000 households. PCC operates eight stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, and Issaquah neighborhoods of King County, Wash. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com