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Friday
Sep052014

"can do" food drive 2014

One of CB2’s core values is to work with local organizations that make a difference in our neighborhoods—specifically nonprofit groups that provide food and shelter to those in need.

Our annual “can do” food drive continues to be a tradition that warms our hearts—and as food banks have been especially busy these past few years, they appreciate donations more than ever.

September 5th-14th, all in-store customers are welcome to bring in 5 non-perishable items and receive a 15% discount on any purchase. For details, please see the fine print* below.

Watch all the collections grow during the drive and remember that food stuffs collected will go directly to the food banks, listed below, which are local partners with our 13 CB2 stores in North America.

Midtown Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating
and empowering the Atlanta community. Distributing nearly
2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items
each month to more then 700 nonprofit partner agencies
in metro Atlanta and north Georgia, ACFB supports a wide range of low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger
and food insecurity.
For more information, visit acfb.org.

Berkeley, CA
Alameda County Community Food Bank alleviates hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting
public policies that address hunger and its root causes.
For more information, visit accfb.org.

Lincoln Park Chicago, IL
Lakeview Pantry is a nonprofit organization with
the mission of eliminating hunger in the Lakeview
community of Chicago by providing food to fill
the basic need of hungry people, increasing the
independence of clients through self-help
initiatives and other innovative programs,
and raising awareness of poverty and its solutions.
For more information, visit lakeviewpantry.org.

Georgetown, District of Columbia
The Capital Area Food Bank was founded in 1980 on
Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and since then has become
the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition education
resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their
community-building initiatives—such as Kids Cafe,
Face Hunger, and Produce for People—educate the
community about the importance of healthy diets. Beginning
with the dream of helping to feed area residents who are
facing or at risk of hunger, it’s grown into a commitment
of uplifting those in need, helping those who are without
the means to help themselves, and advocating for public
policies that serve the interests of its constituents.
For more information, visit capitalareafoodbank.org.

South Beach Miami, FL
Feeding South Florida is a not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to empower other South Florida not-for-profit
organizations to assist people in need and improve their
lives. Feeding South Florida provides food and other grocery
products, and educates and engages the community to
fight hunger and poverty. Last year, Feeding South Florida
provided 24 million pounds of food to 800 different charitable
feeding programs throughout South Florida.
For more information, visit feedingsouthflorida.org.

Uptown Minneapolis, MN
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf has been serving hungry residents of southwest Minneapolis for more than 40 years. Our mission is to distribute food to those in need, with respect and dignity.
For more information, visit joycefoodshelf.org.




Soho and Eastside New York, NY
City Harvest is dedicated to feeding New York City’s
hungry men, women and children. This year, City Harvest
will collect 28 million pounds of excess food from all
segments of the food industry for delivery to community
food programs throughout the five boroughs. Each week,
City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find
their next meal.
For more information, visit cityharvest.org.

Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank sources food and
other products for distribution to needy people, energizes
community involvement through hunger education and
awareness campaigns, and advocate for public policies
that alleviate hunger. Their vision is that no one goes
hungry in Los Angeles County.
For more information, visit lafoodbank.org.

Union Square San Francisco, CA
The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
provides safe, affordable housing with supportive services
for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and is a
leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live.
For more information, visit tndc.org.




Toronto, Canada
Daily Bread Food Bank provides food and resources for
hungry people. Food donations, coming from the public
and the food industry, are sorted and delivered to our
member agencies. Agencies provide food relief
programs, such as food banks and meal programs,
for diverse members of our community.
For more information, visit dailybread.ca.

Vancouver, Canada
The Greater Vancouver Foodbank strives to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.
For more information, visit foodbank.bc.ca.

*Terms and conditions: CB2 “Can Do” 15% discount is available 9/5/14 through 9/14/14. In exchange for the donation of five nonperishable food items, a customer will receive a 15% discount good toward purchases of full-price items made in one transaction on the day and at the CB2 store location where the donation is made. Multiple purchases are allowed in one day, as long as customer meets donation of five nonperishable food items for each “Can Do” Discount. (Associates: Please enter FOOD15 at checkout.) Discount may not be used at cb2.com, or at any Crate and Barrel or The Land of Nod stores, catalogs or websites. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, employee purchases, Designer Rewards Program purchases, or international purchases through our global partner, Borderfree. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or other fees. Discount has no cash value, is nontransferable, will not be replaced if lost or stolen, and cannot be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. CB2 reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time. Void where prohibited by law.
Friday
Apr052013

influencers: veronika scott at work, The Empowerment Plan

A coat that transforms into a sleeping bag? How did you come up with that idea?
This started as a class project at the College for Creative Studies here in Detroit. The assignment was to design a product that filled a social need, and the biggest need I saw here in the city was homelessness.

I started my research at a local shelter, the Neighborhood Service Organization, but was received with a less than welcoming sentiment on the first day—because they didn’t want a savior, they wanted to be treated like people.

So I went three days a week for five months.
I got to know them, started to gain their trust
after I proved that I was not going anywhere,
and was just there to listen to them. I spent
a lot of time walking around the shelter with
them, and I discovered that just 20’ away from the shelter was a playground that someone
had fashioned into a shelter of their own. I wanted to know why someone would risk their livelihood and well-being to provide for themselves what someone else was willing to provide to them.

The answer was pride and needing to have a sense of independence. The coat was to give people mobility, and having pride in having something new, not previously worn and used by someone else.

“The sleeping bag part came in because the shelters in Detroit are filled beyond capacity and tens of thousands of people are still out on the streets each night. This was meant to offer comfort and pride to those people.”
Veronika Scott, The Empowerment Plan Founder and CEO

The Empowerment Plan production space feels warm and homey—what do you attribute that to?
This is really due to the man who owns this building and the eclectic group of individuals who reside there. Phillip Cooley, the owner of a local Detroit restaurant and advocate for the city, garnered interest of a diverse group of people who volunteered their time for construction and restoration of the building.

This didn’t happen overnight—over nine months and thousands of volunteer hours were spent getting the building to where it is now. The homey feeling comes from the fact that the community helped to build and restore the space.

How did you empower yourself at such a young age to tackle Detroit’s homeless issue?
It’s not so much that I empowered myself but that I was empowered by others. Particularly my grandparents, who supported me through the entire design research process and connected me with any and all friends and family members who were able to aid me in furthering the projects—one of which helped me construct my first business plan.

I couldn’t have succeeded without the support of so many people—and having their input afforded me the freedom to fail, because I had so many people to help me and nothing to really lose. From the larger corporations like GM and Carhartt to my family and friends, everyone had something to risk, and I am so thankful for their support.

What is your hope for The Empowerment Plan in the future?
The most important thing for us is becoming a sustainable entity. That means financial security, as well as being able to support Detroit in a larger way.

We currently give out coats throughout the US—which are sponsored by individuals, corporations or non-profits through our website. As we grow, we plan to launch a for-profit business that will feature a buy-one/get-one model—where people can buy a coat for themselves and have one given out on the streets in a location of their choosing.

We are also working on developing a disaster relief arm and hope to become a model for sustainable and humane garment manufacturing in the US.

In support of The Empowerment Plan, CB2 has donated $5000.
To see how Veronika makes a small Detroit space home, go here.