The Fresh Market in Greenville is serving up Root Beer Floats to benefit JDRF Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31. Did you know Gap Creek Gourmet is kindof rooted in The Fresh Market? I worked in The Fresh Market meat department during college! I wanted to be a cashier, but there wasn’t an opening when I applied to work there. They handed me an apron and stuck me in the meat department with a bunch of men. I went home every day smelling like a shrimp.
I remember going to the butcher shop with my parents and grandparents when I was a kid. When grocery stores started putting the butchers out of business, they old guys who didn’t retire started working in the meat departments of the grocery stores. I was learning how to cook from these guys who had been taking apart cows and pigs since they were teens. Mind you, we weren’t dismantling full animals in the back of The Fresh Market, but we were doing our fair share of cutting filet, chops and ribeyes. I have a few battles scars (aka, almost cut off fingers) to prove it! My manager, Ray, taught me how to cook all kinds of things with the cuts of meat I wrapped up to take home and try.
The Fresh Market has been serving up Root Beer Floats for JDRF for 21 years now. It was a charity event the whole staff looked forward to every year.
Did you know that JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research? The Fresh Market stores all over SC and NC and beyond will offering picnic-style items including their signature root beer floats (regular and sugar-free) for a $2 donation each. The Fresh Market will donate 100% of the funds raised over the three-day sale directly to JDRF to support its research efforts.
In addition to the Sidewalk Sale, The Fresh Market is hosting a JDRF Sneaker Sale campaign from May 15 through May 31. Customers can make a donation by purchasing green paper sneakers at The Fresh Market’s checkout counters to show support. Since every penny counts, JDRF Collection Containers are also placed at each checkout counter. So unload your change, folks!
The Fresh Market has raised more than $4 million for JDRF through its annual Paper Sneaker and Sidewalk Sale, Wine Gala program, corporate donations and other fundraising events.
“We are honored to celebrate the 21st year of our longstanding partnership with the JDRF Sidewalk Sale,” said Sean Crane, the company’s interim chief executive officer. “Our overarching philosophy of ‘Neighbors Serving Neighbors’ is the driving force for both how we serve our customers and how we serve our communities. The Fresh Market is committed to the communities where we do business, and our employees enthusiastically support their local JDRF chapters and this annual event.”
“In 1994, The Fresh Market became a corporate partner of JDRF because they shared our vision of a world without type 1 diabetes,” said Derek Rapp, JDRF’s president and CEO. “And now, after 21 years and over $4 million raised, it is clear how much The Fresh Market values this partnership and is dedicated to our mission of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.”
What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than a root beer float?! Swing by your local Fresh Market and help them support his amazing cause.