I stop by our local Grocery Outlet a few times a month, they always have a great selection of grocery items for me to plan activities for the kids in the kitchen. They were kind enough to send me a gift card so my most recent trip was on them!
One of the things I really love about Grocery Outlet Lake City is you never know what you may find. All of the stores carry the basics: milk, eggs, cheese, and you’ll find meats and produce. Everything else is an opportunistic buy. So when you find a deal, you need to go for it.
Grocery Outlet also does a lot for the community, and that’s really wonderful. Did you know July is traditionally a difficult month for food assistance agencies that are helping families and individuals that are food insecure? Donations to those agencies are not as plentiful as they are during the holidays – leaving many using the agencies’ services with less. Also, many children that receive assistance at school through free- or reduced-lunch programs are without that guaranteed meal or two everyday. Grocery Outlet has stepped in with their program, called Independence from Hunger.
Independence from Hunger® is a month-long, company-wide campaign where customers can donate food and/or cash to support local food assistance partners. Seattle-area Grocery Outlet stores are teaming up with a number of local agencies in their community and all donations received throughout the campaign will go directly to each store’s designated agency.
Customers can make a difference by visiting their local Grocery Outlet and participating in one of these easy steps:
Look for specially-marked food items. These are items that each store’s
designated food agency has identified as “high-need” items. Purchase these products
and place in the collection bin at the front of the store.
Pick up a pre-made bag that is filled with an assortment of groceries that have
been identified as needed.
Tell your cashier that you’d like to make a cash donation at the
register. Donations will go directly to each store’s food agency partner. Donate $1, $5 or round up your change.
Pick up information at a Seattle-area Grocery Outlet store about hunger, food
insecurity and local/national resources for people in need. Be informed and
willing to help.
Join the events at a Seattle-area store to support the Independence from
Hunger® food drive.
Because it’s summertime,our local Grocery Outlet at Lake City had a nice selection of fruit in their produce section. I had the great idea for a nice cook free treat to make with my daughter Quincy, and picked some out. Because it’s also hot and who wants to cook in the kitchen? The fact is, you don’t have to be IN THE KITCHEN to get kid excited about cooking.
Quincy is ALL about fairies and princesses these days, so when I spied all the great summer produce at the Grocery Outlet, I had a grand idea. We’d make fairy wands!
Fruit Fairy Wands
Your favorite summer fruit, cut into no larger than 3/4-1″ pieces if needed
long bamboo skewers
Carefully thread your fruit onto your skewers in any pattern you like. Put in lidded container or tray with plastic wrap. Be sure to enjoy within 24 hours.
The fruit fairy wands were just the beginning. Every time I go to the Grocery Outlet I get new ideas for recipes. And remember, because their inventory changes frequently, I have the opportunity to try lots of new things! On the menu this week are stuffed peppers with quinoa and I’m going to be making some grab and go oatmeal bowls too! Did I mention Grocery Outlet also has housewares and gardening supplies? At least mine does right now! Oh and the wine department! It’s a winner!