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’.
Here’s our proposition: Serving Olympic yogurt at their fundraiser event. All proceeds go to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and the Crossroads Hospice.
At iögo, we believe that everyone should be able to eat well. This is why, in 2013 ‘iögo, supporting goodness’ program was born to support the mission and community involvement of community kitchens in Canada. We are proud to support community kitchens, which encourage the development of food skills and autonomy regarding the basic daily need of feeding ourselves. The goal of the program is simple: help people discover, or become more familiar with, the essential role community kitchens play across the country.
Because of our cooperative heritage, Ultima Foods and its iögo brand hold the same values of sharing and generosity that community kitchens do. Both Ultima Foods and community kitchens share the same passion for accessible, varied and delicious foods. iögo has chosen to partner with five community kitchens in Canada that are located close to the company’s facilities as well as with Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).
On September 13, 2014, iögo was part of the first Harvest Moon farmraiser at the gorgeous 7K Panorama Ranch where outstanding food was prepared by several of Calgary’s best chefs and Chad Brownlee and Sam Roberts Band blowing the doors off the barn.
Proceeds from the event support the Community Food Centres of Canada’s efforts to build a Community Food Centre in Calgary in partnership with a local agency, having the same goal: bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for healthy food for all.
When: 13th September 2014
Where: 7K Panorama Ranch, Okotoks AB