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7th Annual Independence from Hunger


For the seventh year in a row, Grocery Outlet in Visalia has partnered with Visalia Rescue Mission during the July “Independence from Hunger” campaign. In 2016, Visalia’s store came in first place nationwide out of 253 stores, with shoppers donating nearly 1,500 bags of donated food and close to $3,000 in additional donations.

Located on Mooney Boulevard, Grocery Outlet’s Visalia location on is independently owned and operated by Stephen and Ashley Spelman, who are committed to giving back to the local community. “We continue to partner with Visalia Rescue Mission year after year because the resources our customers and our Grocery Outlet team provide every July not only helps provide a meal, but to helping the down and out better their circumstances as a whole.”

“We are so grateful to be selected again as the local partner of this nationwide campaign, “ said VRM development director, Ryan Stillwater. “Over the past six years, this campaign has totaled over $25,000 in donations to help us provide meals to the homeless in this community.”

Customers can make a difference by visiting Grocery Outlet at 2323 S. Mooney Blvd. here in Visalia and participate in one of these easy steps:

  • Look for specially-marked food items. These are items that each local food agency has identified as "high-need" items. Purchase these products and then place in the collection bin at the front of the store.
  • Pick up a pre-made bag that is filled with an assortment of the groceries that have been identified as “needed”.
  • Tell your cashier you want to make a cash donation at the register. Donations will go directly to the Visalia Rescue Mission. Donate $1, $5, or any denomination desired.  For the first time this year, customers can “Give $5, Get $5” — for each donation of $5.00 or more, the customer’s receipt will print with a $5.00 coupon.

Grocery Outlet has a company-wide goal of $1 million in 2017, with a $15,000 goal here in Visalia. 

“At the end of this campaign, we’re not only thankful for the food and donations,” Stillwater continued, “but for the opportunity to connect with and educate the community regarding the most helpful ways to serve and enable the homeless to take steps to change their entire life.”


Central Valley Today (6/30/17)