December 2017 – Happy Planet, Organic Meadow and Earth’s Own staff continued their annual tradition of making the holiday season a bit brighter for local families in need. For the 9th consecutive year, Happy Planet and Earth’s Own partnered with Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (an affiliate of the United Way) to share the holiday spirit with three families and this year, Organic Meadow partnered with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington to sponsor two families for the Annual Adopt-a-Family Program. Donations of clothing, toys and grocery gift cards were collected and will be delivered directly to the families by our own volunteer ‘elves’. It’s a tradition that continues to be a blessing for everyone!
October 2017 – For the 8th year in a row, Happy Planet happily participated in Eat Well Do Good – an annual community-based fundraising & ‘foodraiser’ in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS.)
The Happy Planet team was busy volunteering alongside their industry peers and donating their fresh soups and organic unchilled juices to be sold in the Marketplace to help raise funds. The hard work paid off and everyone’s collective efforts raised over $220,000 worth of food to help the thousands of people who depend on the food bank every week.
On April 1st, Organic Meadow was proud to partner with Longo’s to support April Foods Day – a day that serves to remind the public that hunger and poverty are no joke – in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Janet Steffan from Organic Meadow’s sales team, was on hand at the Longo’s Vaughan, ON Longo’s location to donate more than 300 pounds of Organic Meadow UHT shelf stable milk boxes to this worthy cause.
We’re passionate about giving back to our communities – it’s part of Happy Planet’s philosophy and DNA. Supporting organizations like the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) with both our in-kind donations as well as our active volunteer work helps connect us with both our communities and our consumers. Located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver BC, UGM, provides critical services and programs for the community every day – they are determined to offer restoration to those in need by coming alongside men, women, and children to provide a hand up towards hope and recovery.
So each month we’re happy to provide our fresh, all-natural juices and smoothies to the UGM for their meal services and outreach/street programs. And every couple of months, our team rolls up our sleeves and works alongside their amazing kitchen team to prep and serve during their meal services. As they say at UGM; ‘Hope starts with a meal.’
At the end of May, as part of Tree Canada’s Partners In Planting program, the Happy Planet team dug deep and got our hands dirty to help green our community. Shovels and spades in hand, we planted trees and shrubs to help restore a trail in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve (GBHNR) that will be used for environmental education programs for school children. We donated 400 trees and shrubs and planted about half of them that day!
The reserve is also an important habitat for one of the largest heron nesting colonies in the Lower Mainland and is located in Chilliwack, which is also where our delicious fresh soups are made and where we source some of the great produce that goes into many of our soups.
When: 28th May 2015
Where: Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Chilliwack, BC
For the last three years, Happy Planet and Earth’s Own have formed a team to take part in One Climb. On Sunday June 7th 2015, our team along with hundreds of other people, dressed in blue and “flooded” the Grouse Grind – all in an effort to provide clean drinking water to the Kenyan village of Kipsongol.
100 % of the proceeds raised are directed to Free The Children’s special project in Kipsongol, where thousands of people lack access to clean water for drinking, sanitation, and hygiene.
We’re happy to report that our team not only all made it to the top once again, they also topped the $2,500 mark in total funds raised over the last 3 ‘Climbs’.