Rainbow Grocery Will Give Up to $30,000 to Filipino Typhoon Victims

Screen shot, courtesy of Rainbow.

This from Rainbow Grocery, one of the Mission’s worker-owned cooperatives.

San Francisco, CA- Local worker owned grocery cooperative, Rainbow Grocery, announced today that they will donate 100% of their total profits (up to $30,000), over three consecutive days in February to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to help with their relief efforts due to the typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 11, 2013. A national alliance of over 30 organizations, NAFCON, is headquartered at the Filipino Community Center (FCC) in San Francisco’s Excelsior district and works directly and in partnership with grassroots organizations on the ground in the Philippines.

“We researched a lot of charities and non-profits that are doing work in the Philippines right now, and ultimately it came down to accountability. NAFCON was able to show that 100% of the proceeds go toward Typhoon victims who need it most via trusted grass roots organizations who are genuinely committed to the long term sustainability of affected communities. We also wanted to go with a group that works directly with the Filipino community here in San Francisco. NAFCON engages in community and worker based organizing which Rainbow has been rooted in since 1975, and even though the typhoon hit in November, there is still a lot of relief that needs to happen”, says Rainbow Grocery Donations Committee Member, Christa Irwin.

NAFCON has helped over 100,000 people since the typhoon hit on November 11, 2013. “Rainbow’s goal in all of this is to bring attention back to this disaster. It has fallen out of the media spotlight and because of that, there are fewer donations being given. The Filipino community constitutes a significant portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, and these folks are being directly affected by this disaster.” says, Christa Irwin.

“It was exciting that Rainbow Grocery wanted to help and came forward because right now, after December, the challenge is…how to keep this in peoples’ minds. It’s so easy…to give a little, and forget about the situation…now is the time when people need the most solidarity.” says, Supervisor John Avalos, District 11.  Supervisor Avalos is a convener of the San Francisco Taskforce Haiyan that works in partnership with NAFCON.

“The FCC and NAFCON are honored to partner with Rainbow Grocery, its coop members, customers, and community supporters to bring the hope of continued support to the Filipino people.  We look forward to a long-term partnership for typhoon relief and rehabilitation and on the many issues affecting workers and communities from San Francisco to the Philippines and beyond,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President and FCC’s Organizational Director.

The campaign, “A Rainbow after the Storm” will occur three days before Valentine’s Day, on Tuesday February 11th, Wednesday the 12th, and Thursday the 13th. To donate directly to NAFCON, go to www.nafconusa.org).

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  1. godzuki

    It’s great to see a retailer support efforts like this. More power to them! They deserve your support!

  2. Mary

    Rainbow represents what it means to be part of the community

    • John

      Mary, When WalMart gave massive help during the floods in the south, did you praise them?

      Because that actually was in their community, and the Filipines are not in ours.

      Was there really nothing local to the Mission that Rainbow could help with?

      • landline

        Xenophobic, racist hater, pure and simple. Filipinos are one of the larger ethnic groups in the Bay Area. A local, employee-owned business chooses to lend a generous helping hand, and you attack them. Plus, you compare Rainbow to Walmart, many of whose employees need publicly funded food stamps to survive and are so poorly paid that one store held a food drive for its own employees.

        • John

          Wrong. Mary said that Rainbow were doing this for their community, but that would be the Mission and not Manila.

          They can give money to who they want because it is their money. But claiming it’s a community thing makes no sense.

          • Terry

            John, you’re wrong. Rainbow worked very closely with the Filipino Community Center (FCC) – a 10-year old nonprofit in San Francisco that works directly with Filipino families across the city of SF, including the Mission, SOMA, and other communities around their store (almost 40,000 Filipinos live in SF, with D9 having the 3rd largest concentration). The FCC is based in the Excelsior neighborhood, but we’re part of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) that organized this grassroots relief drive approaching 1million in direct relief to communities in the Philippines. Filipino families in SF and local communities spend locally but also send millions of dollars to support their loved ones and families every year from right here in SF because we are an immigrant community. When a tragedy like this happens, it directly impacts most of the Filipino residents in SF and our community very directly. There are so many causes that Rainbow can support, but we were extremely honored to partner with them on this local and global community and worker-based effort. That to me represents the best of SF.

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