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Support Healthier Lunches for Back to School!

GROW Healthier Lunches for Back to School

September is just around the corner and families are wrapping up their summer vacations. Now more than ever, your customers have started shopping for back to school lunches. Just as eating healthy for adults is currently a big trend, parents are also encouraging their children to eat healthy. Back to school means opportunities to create new promotions for sales; make sure you are emphasizing the importance of healthy eating in your back to school promotions. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Celebrates Ninth Annual GROW Month this September

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San Diego, CA –  Every September Organics Unlimited celebrates GROW Month, a time when more emphasis on the GROW program is placed on consumer awareness. Having raised over $1 million in support for scholarships, educational programs, and health clinics in the banana growing regions of Ecuador and Mexico, GROW Month has become a very important part in retailer promotions.

“Every year we see GROW Month expand among our customers,” states Mayra Velazquez de Leon, President and Founder of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “I have nothing but gratitude towards the enthusiasm and support our customers show for GROW.”

From 2012 to 2013, GROW support increased by almost 250 percent. This year, GROW has raised almost $200,000 in funds to help continue their efforts in social responsibility. Proceeds of the funds go to Children International and Project Amigo to help build opportunities for the workers, their families and their communities.

“It is very important to us that our customers have all the essential tools and information they need to raise the awareness of the GROW program to encourage the efforts supported with the purchase of every organic GROW banana,” says Velazquez de Leon. “We are all working together to change lives for the better.”

Organics Unlimited continues to offer free point-of-purchase materials to their customers. Complete with header cards, recipe cards, and other signage, all items in the free online store by Organics Unlimited is available for free download for self-printing. Printing is available at a reasonable cost. Banana bags are also available for special order.

GROW: Letters from Ecuador Tutors and Children

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With your support of GROW, we are able to continue funding educational programs in Mexico and Ecuador to help families and workers gain better opportunities. GROW supports to Children International who has created a tutoring program in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has delivered a few heartwarming letters from the tutors and children.  Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Discovers a Silver Lining

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A recent storm blew through southern Mexico, bringing heavy winds and causing damage to some areas of Colima, including part of the farms that supply Organics Unlimited bananas to the US. In total about 180 acres at El Tesoro, the premiere farm for the company, received some damage. While this definitely can impact availability, every effort is being made to fulfill orders in the normal way. Fortunately with multiple farms under the company’s management, there should be available supply for both immediate and long-term orders.

According to General Manager for Production, Alberto Ramirez, one of the biggest difficulties is the clean up from this type of natural disaster on a farm. And while it is an undertaking to get the damage cleaned up so that the acreage can be back in production, Ramirez has a special connection to the farm he’s now managing. As a former GROW scholar, it was GROW bananas that made it possible for him to continue his studies through the University of Colima and to now be in the position he is in. And one of the things that all GROW scholars learn is the value of giving back to their communities.

On Saturday, Ramirez organized a team of current GROW students to come to the Organics Unlimited farms and volunteer their services to help in the clean-up efforts. 17 of the current scholars spent the day clearing the downed banana plants, salvaging what could be kept and clearing debris. While the work was hard, the atmosphere and attitude of these young people showed the true connection that is developed between these scholarship recipients and their sponsor – GROW. After many years together, this is truly a community that is here to support each other. And it’s a silver lining to a devastating storm for Organics Unlimited.

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GROW: Ecuador Tutoring Project Update

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Children International’s Guayaquil, Ecuador location has sent GROW a wonderful update on their Tutoring Project, which helps address the educational needs of the communities we serve and to help assure that children stay in school. Learn how the GROW Fund is helping to maintain this program for future generations.  Continue reading

Prepare for GROW Month this September

Prepare for GROW Month this September

We are less than two months away from our favorite time of the year, GROW Month! Every September, we celebrate everything that is GROW and we encourage all to share the amazing stories and work that has been accomplished thanks to your support. Continue reading

GROW by Organics Unlimited Partners with Produce for Kids

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San Diego, CA – The GROW Fund, a non-profit certification developed by Organics Unlimited in 2005, has partnered with Produce for Kids in their Power Your Lunchbox Pledge. This one-of-a-kind digital marketing program will take place from August 11 through September 15, inspiring more health conscious lifestyles.

The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge encourages families throughout the U.S. to take a pledge to pack healthier lunches for their children utilizing GROW bananas as one of the participating organizations. For each pledge taken, Organics Unlimited will make a donation to DonorsChoose.org in support of programs that focus on health and wellness classroom projects across the country.

“Organics Unlimited is always looking for new, innovative ways to express the benefits of healthy living through organic bananas,” states President of Organics Unlimited, Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We are very excited to join Produce for Kids in their efforts to create a healthier nation.”

Tie-ins with back-to-school messaging and healthy eating will be at the forefront of the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge website. A Twitter party will also be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, for anyone interested in communicating with the participating produce companies first-hand.

GROW: Ecuador Early Childhood Education Project – AFLATOT Program

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The Early Childhood Education Program, “Semillas” (Seeds), has been able to continue its incredible development because you choose GROW bananas.  Now in its second stage, the program has been enhanced with the social and financial education program Aflatot to meet Children International institutional objectives. The program now dovetails with sister programs offered in Ecuador for older children: Aflatoun (for children ages 6-11) and Aflateen (for youth ages 12-19). Learn how your support of GROW contributes to these efforts after the break.

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GROW Funded Ecuador Early Childhood Education Project Update

GROW Ecuador Early Childhood Education Project Update

Thanks to our wonderful supporters of the GROW program, Children International is able to continue to develop and expand its Early Childhood Education program in Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have seen incredible growth and response to this amazing program with even more volunteers and children. Learn more after the break.  Continue reading

Inspiring Letters from GROW Scholars

Inspiring Letters from GROW Scholars

Thanks to your support of the GROW Program, there are many children in Mexico and Ecuador who are able to achieve a brighter future and a better education. Letters are sent from the GROW scholars updating us on their progress in school and community service – opportunities they would not have if it were not for your involvement in the program.

After the jump you will find letters of inspiration from a few of our GROW scholars that are very thankful for your support.
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