I wanted to personally thank you for your comany's generous donation. You have no idea how helpful it is to the kitchen to have AMy's products around. The staff and kids enjoy them so much! I hope all is well on your end. Things are great here at camp.
With much gratitude,
Aimee Copeland leaves hospital.
Like many people, Rachel Berliner has been following the story of Aimee Copeland. If you haven’t, she is a young woman who was diagnosed with a rare form of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating virus).
Rachel was moved by Aimee’s recent challenges and amazing attitude. As a result, we are sending on-going shipments of food to Aimee and her family.
Here is an article The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently published this article about her recovery: http://bit.ly/N8XzoM
Leo A Daly Wins Juror’s Favorite Award at D.C. CANstruction
A team of volunteers from the Washington, D.C., office of Leo A Daly won the Juror's Favorite Award for constructing a larger-than-life Capital BikeShare bicycle structure at the Washington Architectural Foundation's 2011 D.C. CANstruction event.
The Capital Area Food Bank, D.C.'s largest nonprofit food resource, will receive a total of 49,000 pounds of food collected from the design competition as well as donations from the public as part of the People's Choice Award voting process.
Leo A Daly's design concept and sculpture, "Capital 'Bite'Share," celebrates the city's popular bike-sharing system, the spirit of community and the joy of giving back to others. The structure incorporates 1,900 cans, the majority of which were provided at-cost by Amy's Kitchen Inc., a natural and organic food company. In addition, several other donors supported the purchase of the canned goods used in the design.
"We are really proud of our structure, our team and the process, but mostly that we were able to help a small group of people in need," said architect Jean O'Toole, AIA, LEED AP, associate of LEO A DALY's Washington, D.C., office, who led the award-winning CANstruction team.
Three jurors-Stephen Ayers, AIA, Architect of the Capitol; Ellen Kassoff Gray, co-owner with Chef Todd Gray of Equinox and Watershed restaurants; and Dawn Marcus, communications director, Hines-evaluated the design entries based on their subject matter, the quality and structural ingenuity of the designs, the quality of the food and the label selection.
"I know that this entry is true-to-life because I ride Capital BikeShare every day to work," said juror Ellen Kassoff Gray, commenting on the creativity, color choice and proportions of Leo A Daly's sculpture.
Photo: Erin Kelleher Photography
Help Arrives: Amy’s Kitchen Donates Food to Tornado Victims
Fifteen Pallets of Amy’s Reach Stricken Area of Alabama
Petaluma, California. – Amy’s Kitchen, the nation’s leading producer of natural and organic convenience foods, partnered with Nourish America to coordinate much needed food supplies to parts of the Southeastern U.S. that were devastated by April’s unusually powerful tornados.
Alabama State Senator Linda Coleman (pictured right) was on hand as eleven pallets (38,000 servings) of Amy’s nutritious soups and four pallets of dry pasta – a donation valued at over $55,000 – arrived on June 10, 2011 at the McAlpine Recreation Center in Birmingham, Alabama, to an excited welcome.
“The arrival of the soups and pasta are perfectly timed,” said Bacalla Malden, Administrative Assistant to Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell, who is the Site Coordinator during this crisis.
“The tornado survivors and their families there are settling into long-term temporary housing. Since many of the affected families did not have insurance, they have lost everything. If they have resources, they are severely limited. Setting up kitchens is very challenging for them. The need for grocery items has significantly increased at assistance facilities and your products will help to fill a great need,” said Malden.
More than 300 people died and thousands were reported injured between April 25th and April 28th, with most of the deaths in the state of Alabama.
Tornados estimated to be as wide as a mile laid waste to neighborhoods and entire towns. Though the tragedy of the tornados has slipped from the headlines, the needs of those impacted remains great.
“Our hearts go out to those who have lost friends and family members as a result of the tornadoes in April,” said Cindy Gillespie, Amy’s Director of Human Resources. “We are fortunate at Amy’s to be in a position to help those who are in need as they begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this natural disaster.”
About Nourish America
Nourish America is an award-winning 501 (c) 3 organization that provides nutritional supplements and nourishing foods (including naturals and organics) to those in need in America. Last year alone, Nourish America provided almost $3.5 million worth of nutritional products to almost 200,000 Americans in need including over 30,000 children, 1,200 pregnant mothers, 32,000 seniors and 100,000 disaster victims.
Amy’s is the nation's leading source of natural and organic convenience food. The market for organic foods is among the fastest-growing grocery categories, with sales expanding at more than 10 percent annually. Now celebrating its 23rd year, Amy's remains a family-owned and operated business based in Sonoma County, California.
Amy’s products are available nationally in natural foods stores, most supermarkets and select warehouse club stores, as well as internationally. Amy’s currently has production facilities in California, Oregon, and Corby, England; as well as its newest, in South Carolina.
Amy's uses certified organic ingredients, including vegetables, grains and fruits grown without pesticides. Fats are used sparingly and selectively; all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized rBST hormone-free milk and do not contain animal enzymes or animal rennet. No dishes contain meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs or peanuts. Amy's products are non-GMO and do not contain hydrogenated fats or oils.
Amy’s supports OREworld.org
OREworlds main mission is to improve the environmental, agricultural and economic conditions in rural Haiti. They were one of the first organizations on the ground in Haiti after the earthquake to assist in the evacuation of over 6,000 earthquake victims, while simultaneously providing people with vegetarian food, shelter, clothing, bedding and hygiene supplies. OREworld also offers tuition so that children (including relocated orphans) can enroll in local schools. Since the earthquake, OREworld has been purchasing vegetables, fruits and grains from local farmers and delivering them to those in need both locally and in Port Au Prince.
Kid Street Learning Center
"Kid Street Theatre is about realizing our similarities as human beings, rather than focusing on our differences, even if pain is what binds us. It is through acceptance of each other, and ourselves, that we are truly set free."
--Linda Conklin, Executive Director and Principal, Kid Street.
Kid Street Learning Center is a charter school which provides an alternative educational model and ways of learning for kids from very difficult backgrounds such as homelessness, drug abuse and other negative experiences. The school provides a consistent supportive environment building on success rather than focusing on failures.
Cindy Gillespie, Amy’s Director of Human Resources was first introduced to the Kid Street program through a leadership development program. Her leadership class visited the school and she came away from the visit moved and inspired by the dedication of the teachers and staff who were making such a difference in the children’s lives.
In addition to the rich learning environment Kid Street provides, they also help with the basic necessities of the children and their families. One of these is providing healthy meals. The school provides breakfast and lunch daily for all of the children and any family members in need. For some children, these are the only meals they receive each day.
Cindy saw this area of the program as a great way for Amy’s to partner with the school by providing healthy Amy’s meals to all of the children. Working with the Santa Rosa HR team, they have been delivering a healthy lunch of Amy’s products each Wednesday for the past two years. The kids love the pizza (they call it Amy’s Pizza Day) but have also enjoyed other products like macaroni and cheese and lentil soup.
Griselda Gudino, HR Representative in Santa Rosa has been the driving force in sustaining the program. Her dedication in keeping the delivery schedule up to date has been essential.
For more information check out the Kid Street Learning Center website.
A Letter from the American Red Cross
I’m writing you because at some level, you played a role in helping the American Red Cross and various other non-profits with the charitable donation of Amy's Kitchen, Organic Black Bean and Vegetable Soup. I am pleased to announce that our team at USA New Horizons has dispersed almost all of the 30+ pallets we received last month. A majority of the product was shipped to our El Salvador center, to help rural families rebuild after Hurricane Ida. Additional inventory was delivered to Sonoma County non-profits, including: the local chapter of the Red Cross, Food for Thought, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Catholic Charities and Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH). On behalf of all of the recipients of the "Soup", past, present and future, THANK YOU!
American Red Cross, Sonoma & Mendocino Chapter