Toy for Tots

We have been collecting new, unwrapped toys for kids ages newborn to 14 years old under our tree in the lobby. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Movember

We had a strong showing for support of Movember and awareness of men’s health at our headquarters in Broomfield, CO. Who do you think should win best mustache this year?

Movember

Two Events for CFS

Third Annual Milk Ride

On Saturday morning, October 26, members of WhiteWave’s leadership team hosted a bike ride in Boulder to benefit Community Food Share (CFS), a hunger relief organization that provides more than seven million meals each year to those in need in Boulder and Broomfield, Colo. Counties. For every WhiteWave employee who joined the ride, the company made a cash donation to CFS.

The WhiteWave team consisted of 15 cyclists, and the group donated $400 to CFS to help provide 1,600 meals to those in need in Boulder and Broomfield, Colo. Nice work, cyclists!

Milk Ride

 

Cans, Tubs and Cash for CFS

As part of WhiteWave’s Share What We Do Well Month, our Research & Development and Sustainability teams held a food drive for CFS.

Through the team’s food drive, WhiteWave donated:

  • 88 pounds of canned food
  • 23 pounds of yogurt
  • $30 in cash, which is equivalent to 120 meals

Way to go Research & Development and Sustainability teams!

Sharing What We Do Well

You’ve seen a bunch of posts about Share What We Do Well Month that took place throughout the month of October at WhiteWave. We’ve had this huge poster hanging in our lobby where employees have shared and written about their various volunteer experiences.

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We wanted to share some additional photos of our employee volunteer groups spending their days at Growing Gardens, an urban farm near Boulder and helping with Boulder flood relief efforts.

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Month-Long, Company-Strong Volunteer Month

Throughout October, nearly 1,800 WhiteWave Foods employees rolled up their sleeves and participated in the company’s Share What We Do Well Month, a month-long volunteer initiative created to give employees at all WhiteWave locations the opportunity to make a difference at organizations in their local communities. Many of the organizations chosen align with WhiteWave’s commitment to environmental responsibility and the promotion of food security – concepts inherent in the company’s goal to “change the way the world eats for the better.”

Many WhiteWave employees volunteered at their local food banks including: Community Food Share and Food Bank of the Rockies in Colorado, Free Store Food Bank in Cincinnati, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Banks in California and Florida. Volunteers helped sort, organize, pack and weigh more than 70,000 pounds of donated food.

 

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So All May Eat

Last week, a group of WhiteWave employees volunteered at SAME Café as part of the company’s Share What We Do Well Month. SAME Café serves an amazing cause and we were grateful to spend part of our day there.

SAME is an acronym for “So All May Eat,” and the café’s mission is to serve good food for the greater good and build a healthy community. The restaurant’s philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity. Last year, SAME served warm, delicious meals to nearly 20,000 people.

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SAME opened in 2006 as the first nonprofit restaurant in Denver and is run by an incredible husband and wife team, Brad and Libby Birky. This restaurant is more than unique as it is all about food and community, and not price. Instead of a cash register, a donation box is available for people to pay what they feel their meal is worth. If patrons can’t give cash, they exchange an hour of volunteer work at SAME for one of the café’s meals which are made-from-scratch with mostly local and organic foods. We saw a number of folks sit down for a warm lunch and then ask for a mop to clean the café’s floors or supplies to wash the windows.

The WhiteWave volunteer team scrubbed dishes, made pizza dough, chopped organic veggies, peeled roasted red peppers and served plates of delicious lunches. We had a great time helping.

For those in the Denver area, SAME is open most days from 11a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is located at 2023 E. Colfax Ave.

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Guess what pulled up in our parking lot today?

The Oskar Blues Beer Truck! Happy Friday.

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Friday at Food Bank of the Rockies

Last Friday, members of WhiteWave’s Legal, Communications and Corporate Services team volunteered at Food Bank of the Rockies for WhiteWave’s Share What We Do Well Month. Food Bank of the Rockies, located in Denver, provides food to more than 350,000 people annually by distributing 88,000 meals each day through over 1,000 hunger relief partner agencies and its own direct service programs.

We volunteered in the distribution area of the warehouse where we filled orders for member agencies by pulling food from the shelves and packing it on pallets to be picked up by the agencies. At times, it felt like  playing a giant game of Tetris to get all of the food to fit on the pallets! We had a great time working together to help further a cause that’s so meaningful.

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Over the pass and to Snowmass

On September 7, a group of 12 WhiteWave employees competed in the Ragnar Relay – a 192-mile running relay that begins at Copper Mountain and ends in Snowmass, Colo. The WhiteWave team finished in a time of 29:23:12, earning 34th place out of 180 total teams (and 19th out of 115 teams in the “Mixed Open” category).

The WhiteWave team of runners included: Chad Bachman, Seth Beamer, Evins Cameron, Kelly Foster, Toni (McLean) German, Emily Hruby, Matt Landen, Becky Potvin, Ben Schnelle, Nick Swanson, Barbara Tingle, and Kris Wallace.

The runners even used Silk® and Horizon® Chocolate single serves as their recovery drinks. Great job, WhiteWave runners! Congrats; you covered some serious Colorado miles.

 

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Share What We Do Well

October is designated Share What We Do Well Month at WhiteWave Foods. Throughout the month our employees at all of our locations will spend time volunteering in their communities  with organizations like the Food Bank of the Rockies, Community Food Share and Boulder Mudslingers, a community-organized flood relief organization.

Volunteering and giving back has always been a huge part of our culture at WhiteWave and this is the fourth year that we have organized a company-wide volunteer initiative. We will be posting news and photos from our various excursions throughout the month, so keep checking back to see what we’ve been up to.

Last week, WhiteWave partnered with Operation Warm to give brand new winter coats to 550 underprivileged children from Rose Hill Elementary in Commerce City, Colo., one of the most disadvantaged schools in the Denver area. For many kids, this was their first brand new coat they’ve ever been able to wear. During the 2012 holiday season, WhiteWave Foods raised more than $37,000 for Operation Warm through the International Delight Share Your Delight cause-marketing campaign. This donation equated to more than 2,000 new winter coats in total, 550 of which were given out at the Rose Hill Elementary event on Oct. 10, 2013.

You can donate to the cause this year by registering UPC codes from specially marked WhiteWave products at shareyourdelight.com now through December 31. 2013. Each UPC code registered triggers a $0.50 donation to Operation Warm.

Again, check back soon to see how our employees are making an impact!

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