Peapod in the Community
Kids Give Back Program
Back in 2010, Peapod launched Kids Give Back, an educational initiative that gives kids the chance to learn about nutrition, practice relevant math skills and understand how they can make a positive impact on their community through a special food bank donation program. We’re currently supporting dozens of Kids Give Back efforts in the Midwest and out East. These include after-school programs, Girl Scout troop activities and in-school classrooms where we provide the kids with gift cards that they use to buy groceries for an area food bank. In this way, kids learn about the many people in their community who don’t have access to healthy food on a daily basis.
Shedd Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Support
Peapod and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium have been working together since 2008 to increase awareness about environmentally destructive fishing methods. Many people are unaware that overfishing threatens the delicate balance of the oceans’ underwater ecosystems. Shedd works to educate its visitors about green, eco-friendly seafood farming. For every seafood purchase from our Sustainable Seafood shelf, Peapod donates 25 cents for fresh and frozen items and 5 cents per canned item to the Shedd Aquarium. Since the program’s inception, Peapod has donated more than $67,000 to Shedd’s conservation programs.
Meals on Wheels
For the 12th consecutive year, Peapod was a major sponsor of the Meals on Wheels Chicago golf classic, held on June 6. Forty-eight Podsters took to the greens, while seventeen of our associates volunteered that day by selling raffle tickets, serving lunch, helping with registration, etc. We are proud to support Meals on Wheels, which ensures that homebound seniors and people with disabilities have access to programs that improve quality of life and maximize their independence.
J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
In 2016, Peapod sponsored a team of about 30 Podsters in the Chicago version of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5 mile road race held in cities around the world. The Chicago event attracted 27,037 entrants from 683 companies – the largest number of entrants for a single-night U.S. event in the 40-year history of the Corporate Challenge series.
Charitable giving is an important component of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, with J.P. Morgan making locally-designated donations at each event. For the third consecutive year, the Corporate Challenge benefited Get IN Chicago, a not-for-profit dedicated to identifying the most effective ways to reduce youth violence.
On May 22, Peapod served as the official water sponsor for the Color Vibe 5K in Lake Zurich, IL. We also had a team of Podsters – the cleverly named “Flock of Peagulls” – participating in this annual run/walk. Color Vibe is a for-profit event that donates part of its proceeds to local charities and non-profit organizations. As you can see from the photos, the Color Vibe 5K is a messy event! Runners are sprayed with color throughout the race.
AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer
This year, a team of five Podsters joined thousands of survivors, their friends and families as they marched through Chicago in the AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer. Participants must raise a minimum of $1,800 to join the 2-day walk, which traverses 39.3 miles through the city. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations. You can learn more about the AVON 39 Walk from Peapod’s own Trish Frisby, who appeared on a local TV news program to promote this year’s event.
Stuff a Truck
Peapod trucks are frequently put into service to help with food drives, Toys for Tots collections, and so forth. This is often done in concert with our sister brick & mortar stores, like the food drive sponsored by the Giant Carlisle stores in Enola and Linglestown, PA. During a weekend this past March, the team collected two TONS of non-perishable food items.
Food Bank Donations
Throughout the year, Peapod donates groceries to local food banks. For example, each week our Lake Zurich facility donates products that are close to expiration to the local food bank. These groceries help feed 500 families every week.
Back in December, Peapod donated $10,000 worth of groceries to the Recovery House of Worship, a Brooklyn church that offers a variety of ministries to the community including a weekly food pantry. Together with several hundred Brooklyn community members, Peapod team members assembled 400 bags of groceries that helped food-insecure families put warm meals on the table during the holiday season.
Peapod Pride Unleashed
June is Pride Month, and Peapod joined the parade festivities in many of our markets. Thank you to our local Podsters who waved the Pride flag on behalf of Peapod! You helped demonstrate our commitment to being an inclusive workplace and to connecting with our diverse customers.
Peapod, by design, is a green company: for every one Peapod truck on the road, there are an average 20 passenger vehicles not heading to the grocery store. Even so, we take extra steps to reduce our environmental impact whenever and wherever possible.
Using alternative fuels is one of the biggest ways we can reduce Peapod’s carbon footprint. In the Midwest market, we’ve made great progress in transitioning to vehicles that use these “cleaner” fuels. We have nine propane trucks in Lake Zurich, with seven more to be converted soon. We also have two compressed natural gas trucks in our Milwaukee fleet. In addition to the trucks, we’ve also invested in building a liquid propane fueling station in Lake Zurich. This will allow us to control our alternative fuel supply and further drive our sustainability goals.
Although we aren’t currently using alternative-fuel trucks in our East Coast markets, the diesel trucks we drive have zero toxic gas emissions. To quote the manufacturer of our trucks (Hino and Isuzu): “The air that comes out of our exhaust systems is cleaner than the air that we breathe.” Across all markets, there is a no-idle policy: drivers are trained and reminded daily to shut off the vehicle at every stop in order to decrease vehicle emissions and protect the environment.
We’ll continue to look for ways to limit our environmental impact wherever we can. We may be the country’s leading internet grocer, but we’re also a global citizen.