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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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!

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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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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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Slinging Mud

The Venus de Miles cycling event which celebrates leadership, volunteerism, sisterhood, and the environment, was set to take place on Sept. 29 in Boulder County. Due to the recent floods in the area, the event was cancelled. In lieu of the biking event, riders were given the opportunity to have fun while helping out others in need.

A group of 25 Venus de Miles riders, including a handful of women from WhiteWave, showed up at Mudslingers, a community organized flood relief group, to spend the day helping people impacted by the floods.

The group worked on a farm north of Boulder that had suffered great devastation to its land and barn. Together, they dug two feet of mud out of the barn, moved truckloads of unsalvageable items to a dump station and dug out trees so their roots could survive.

At the end of the day, the women cleaned up and attended the Venus de Miles celebration where they were treated to great food and drinks, and a tremendous sense of community.

If you’d like to help out too and sling some mud with great people, find mudslingers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donateboulder

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Colorado Corporate Challenge 8K

Remember our post a couple weeks ago about the Colorado Corporate Challenge 8K benefitting Community Food Share? Well, the race was a success and our WhiteWave team of Rob Fagan, Jeff Abbott, Barbara Tingle and Katrina Warner took home the “Top Co-Ed Team” trophy. Great job Team WhiteWave Foods!

 

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We Did It!

Another record setting Community Food Share “Compete to Beat Hunger” Corporate Challenge has come to close. Community Food Share (CFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides more than seven million meals each year to those in need in Boulder and Broomfield, Colo. Counties. Preliminary numbers from the corporate challenge are showing WhiteWave employees raised $88,865 through online donations and events held at our office. We totally blew our fundraising goal of $63,000 out of the water and I’m thrilled!

In addition, to commemorate our spin-off from Dean Foods, we increased our corporate match from $1 to $1.50, which brings our total contribution to CFS to $222,162.50 or 888,650 meals to feed those in need in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Community Food Share couldn’t be more pleased with our generous donation and I had so much fun being part of the Corporate Challenge planning efforts. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

In other fundraising news, for the first year we invited our regional sales offices, plants and farms to raise money for their local Feeding America food banks during the same timeframe to make an impact in their local communities. Results are still rolling in, but so far our regional sales offices have raised enough money to provide 4,000 meals to help those in need. Very impressive!

 

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Supporting Community Food Share

WhiteWave Foods supports Community Food Share’s mission of ensuring that no one in Boulder and Broomfield Counties goes hungry. In 2012, WhiteWave employees vounteered over 260 hours with Community Food Share and WhiteWave’s financial donation helped provide more than 880,000 meals to those in need.

Check out this great video to learn more about how WhiteWave has supported Community Food Share over the years.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsho2F2YLHc