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Lamb's Nature's Choice Market takes community involvement to the next level


New 'Take It or Leave It' program raises more than $6K in five weeks

by: STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lambs Natures Choice Market Grocery Manager Jackie Lagrande has launched the Take It or Leave It program for area nonprofit groups.

Community support has always been a hallmark at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market. School groups, sports teams and clubs have turned to the store for assistance for their auctions and other fundraisers, knowing that General Manager Nick Goldsmith will bend over backward to help them in their cause. He is simply a man who has never said no.

“He is really invested in the community, but now he wants to take it to the next level,” Grocery Manager Jackie Lagrande said. Goldsmith brought Lagrande from Lamb’s Wilsonville store in March and tasked her with engaging with the community in a new way. In response she developed the Take It or Leave It program, which, in just five short weeks has generated $6,088 for local charities and services.

Each Thursday, a nonprofit organization is selected as the day’s beneficiary. Customers spending $25 or more can take 10 percent off their bill or leave 10 percent for the nonprofit. The nonprofit benefiting from the Take It or Leave It campaign today is Lake Oswego’s Meals on Wheels program; the respite program at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is the designated beneficiary July 31.

“This is a great way for us to support what is important in our community,” Lagrande said. “I haven’t seen commitment to a community like this — this is a unique company.”

She said she worked in a grocery store as a teenager, and after college knew she wanted to continue working in the grocery industry.

“But I didn’t want to work at just any grocery store,” she said. “I believe in Lamb’s. It’s a family business. We employ your kids; we employ local people. We have greater flexibility to respond to the community. Nick is so creative — the bottle deposit program has generated more than $171,000.”

The bottle deposit program allows customers to leave their refundable bottles and cans in large bins at the store for neighborhood schools. The proceeds have been used to buy equipment for enrichment and other school programs.

She hopes groups from all over Lake Oswego will take advantage of the Take It or Leave It program. The groups help drive the success by encouraging their members and friends to shop at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market on the day they are the selected beneficiary.

Lagrande stressed that these programs are possible only because Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market is locally owned and encourages people to shop locally for groceries and other products.

“We really appreciate our customers and want to support what is important to them. A few thousand dollars could really make a difference to a chess team or a preschool,” she said.

To learn more about the Take It or Leave It program visit Lagrande at the store, located at 1377 McVey Blvd. in Lake Oswego.

By Barb Randall
Staff Reporter
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