Miriam’s Kitchen Named a Beneficiary of Yes! Organic Market’s “Yes! Cents for Change” Program

Miriam’s Kitchen Named a Beneficiary of Yes! Organic Market’s “Yes! Cents for Change” Program

Initiative Rewards Local Organizations when Customers Shop With their Own Bags  

July 1, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – Miriam’s Kitchen announced today that it will be one of the initial beneficiaries of Yes! Organic Market’s new “Yes! Cents for Change” program. This initiative will donate five cents to local non-profit organizations each time customers shop with their own grocery bags.

“Miriam’s Kitchen and Yes! Organic Market both know the value of fresh food and sustainable practices,” said Chef Emily Hagel, Director of Kitchen Operations at Miriam’s Kitchen. “Fresh food brings our chronically homeless guests into our dining room, and sustainable practices allow us to manage our resources responsibly. Those shared values make Yes! Organic Market an ideal partner for us and for our guests.”

The “Yes! Cents for Change” program officially kicks off July 1. Miriam’s Kitchen will join fellow non-profits, Washington Animal Rescue League, Rock Creek Conservancy, and Studio Theatre’s Arts Motivating Youth Program for the first six-month phase of the initiative, with each organization benefitting equally. Beginning in January 2015, Yes! Organic Market will select four new organizations to support. Each six-month cycle will benefit organizations working in the areas of: 1) animal welfare; 2) environment; 3) education/youth; 4) human services.

“Some retailers will refund customers five cents for providing their own bags, but many customers find this return to be negligible,” said Yes! Marketing Manager, Elizabeth England. “By pooling together five cents per purchase, however, our customers can help us make tangible differences in our communities. We are proud to have such environmentally conscious customers, and hope this initiative will further serve as a reminder of the environmental benefits of reusing bags, while providing a simple way to contribute to local organizations.”

According to Hagel, the partnership illustrates how local businesses can play a part in addressing social issues in Washington, D.C., including Miriam’s Kitchen’s mission to end chronic homelessness in D.C.

“As a successful locally-owned establishment for more than 40 years, Yes! truly knows what it means to serve the community,” said Hagel. “They witness every day the transformative power of fresh, nutritious food – a power that we believe is critical for restoring the dignity of our chronically homeless guests. On their behalf, we thank Yes! Organic Market for including Miriam’s Kitchen in this innovative program.”

About Miriam’s Kitchen
Celebrating 30 years of service, Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C. Miriam’s Kitchen advocates for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 5,000 homeless individuals each year. www.miriamskitchen.org

About Yes! Organic Market
Yes! Organic Market is a family-owned local grocery chain, the first natural foods supermarket in Washington, DC. We’ve been serving Washington, DC since 1970 to offer fresh, natural and organic foods. We are committed to bringing healthy food options to underserved areas and have stores in six unique neighborhoods of DC and one in Hyattsville, MD. www.yesorganicmarket.com


Tom Murphy
Director of Communication
Miriam’s Kitchen
(202) 368-8571