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NGA Show to Hold Volunteer Event in Partnership with MATTERbox Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
NGA Show Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808
lstrange@nationalgrocers.org
NGA Show to Hold Volunteer Event in Partnership with MATTERbox Program

Trumbull, CT – The NGA Show today announced a volunteer effort, sponsored by Cub Foods and in partnership with MATTER that will provide healthy snacks and nutrition education to those in need in the local San Diego area.

On Sunday, February 23, immediately following the Opening Keynote Session, volunteers will pack more than 1,000 MATTERbox meals, which will be delivered to the San Diego Food Bank for distribution. Each healthy pack will include items donated from Okanagan Specialty Fruits and Mondelez International, Inc., as well as nutrition information and a YouMATTER note, which offers a way that those packing can share an inspirational message with the recipients.

“We are delighted to partner with MATTER and Cub Foods to provide NGA Show attendees an opportunity to help those in need in the San Diego area. MATTER is helping to fuel positive change and strengthen communities. We look forward to this event and supporting this great cause in an impactful way,” said Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion Events North America.

“Whether it’s organizing volunteers or raising money for worthy causes, contributing products and goods to those in need, sponsoring sports teams, scout troops, and programs for veterans, the dedication to serve is ingrained in the independent supermarket industry,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara. “At any opportunity to pitch in and help those in need, you know you will find an independent grocer there.”

Information on how to participate as a volunteer to pack boxes during The NGA Show event will be made available in January.  Full details on the MATTERbox program can be found here.

In addition to this volunteer event, The NGA Show will also offer attendees an opportunity to attend more than 60 educational workshops and sessions, view new products and service suppliers on the EXPO floor with more than 400 exhibitors, and engage in various networking opportunities, such as the Best Bagger Championship, the student mentoring programs, and the Closing Celebration.
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MATTER is a Minnesota-based global nonprofit on a mission to move people forward by giving them a chance at a healthier life. Throughout the United States, MATTER activates healthy eating for kids and families with the MATTERbox program, a novel solution to healthy food access and nutrition education. Internationally, MATTER addresses these barriers by giving hospitals the tools they need to care for the sick and injured in dignified ways, and by designing solutions to create diversified and resilient farms. Hope and opportunity also reach people through the MATTER Innovation Hub, a portable learning environment outfitted with solar power that can be shipped and set up anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.matter.ngo.
 
The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for over 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion UX as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.
 
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers’ associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.
 
Clarion UX (www.ClarionUX.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, Tulsa, OK and Fairlawn, NJ. www.ClarionUX.com