Grocery Outlet to help Tahoe’s hungry |

Grocery Outlet to help Tahoe’s hungry

Susanne Haala
Susanne Haala / Tahoe Daily TribuneGrocery Outlet deli manager Krystal Long, left, accepts cash donations from South Lake Tahoe resident Cindy Humphrey Friday afternoon at the Grocery Outlet parking lot.

Grocery Outlet held its company-wide Independence from Hunger Food Drive to help hungry families in the community on Friday.

The second annual drive took place at the Grocery Outlet parking lot in South Lake Tahoe and collected spaghetti, chili, cans of food and money for families in South Lake Tahoe.

All the food is donated to three different charities: St. Theresa’s, the Christmas Cheer and the Bijou Family Resource Center.

Grocery Outlet teamed up with all charities that support families around the lake who are dealing with hunger and food insecurities.

Held every July, Grocery Outlet packs bags with potatoes, raw almonds, spagetti and chili – enough to support one person for several days. The bags are then sold for a $5 donation and are given to Lake families in need.

“It’s two bags today for the price of one,” said Gia Richards, account executive of KOWL and KRLT. “You give a dollar and another dollar is donated.”

Grocery Outlet doubles every dollar that is donated, up to $2,000 dollars.

Anyone who is in need of food around the lake can sign up to get helped by one of the charities.

“I think it’s awesome, our whole community needs it and we are happy to help,” said Krystal Long, deli manager at Grocery Outlet.

“We live here but we forget that there is so many needy right here in the town that we live in, and just a simple thing like this of having a booth right up front to go ‘hello, remember?’ I think is fantastic,” said Chase International marketing director Cindy Humphrey, who donated cash to the campaign.

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