Earth’s Own has launched an exciting new partnership with Growing Chefs! which includes sponsoring 2 Vancouver, BC grade school classrooms on a 7-week program whereby the kids were inspired and learned how to grow and cook vegetables. This fun and educational program culminated at the end of November 2018 with in an exciting Stir-Fry Competition with volunteers from Earth’s Own helping to judge the event. 2 new classroom sponsorships begin in March/April (2019.)
Organic Meadow was proud to partner with (FBC) on their After the Bell program which helps to alleviate child hunger during the summer months when school-based breakfast and lunch programs are non-operational.The program provides children with packs of kid-friendly, kid-sized meals consisting of nutritious food including this year, for the first time, Organic Meadow UHT 2% Organic Milk Boxes! 72,000 snack kits were distributed to children in over 40 locations across Canada.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Happy Planet and Earth’s Own staff participated in National Cupcake Day in support of the BC SPCA and all the wonderful work they do to help animals in need.
Staff got busy baking dozens & dozens of delicious cupcakes and hosted a Cupcake Party for enthusiastic eaters and SPCA supporters alike to purchase. It was a sweet event as over $1,035 was raised for the care and protection of animals!
Meadow fresh was proud to once again support the Gift of Love Gala which raises much needed funds for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Their participation helped raise over $410,000 to support children living with life threatening illnesses and the families who love them.
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’.