Putting our hearts into what we do
Oppy supports a host of charitable organizations and causes in our communities—like our contributions to food banks in the neighborhoods where we operate. We also support national and international organizations such as the American and Canadian Diabetes Associations, the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Red Cross, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Easter Seals, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Soldier’s Angels.
In our home province of British Columbia, we’re ardent supporters of the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Center Foundation, providing corporate funds and employee donations toward the purchase of much-needed incubators for the newborn intensive care unit.
As well, each year Oppy contributes funds to the BC Children’s Hospital as part of a rebate program with Overwaitea Foods, a long-standing retail customer who shares our passion about giving back. Our 2016 contribution amounted to approximately $110,000, bringing our total donation up over $400,000 in four years.
A culture of caring
In addition to Oppy’s corporate support, our people care too, raising money through individual donations and fundraising drives for causes of local, cultural or personal interest. Oppy employees donate their time to the Salvation Army Harbour Light Center in Vancouver, preparing and serving meals. We participate in an abundance of events like the Vancouver Sun Run, Moving for Melanoma, and Cycle for Sight. As well, our offices generously participate in toy and food drives during the holidays, taking the opportunity to share with neighbors in need.
Oppy nurtures the giving spirit of our employees, matching donations to qualifying organizations by up to $50 annually, while providing encouragement and support to employees who wish to volunteer time in their communities.
Giving back to the industry
Many Oppy team members volunteer to serve on advocacy committees and boards, contributing to the industry and shaping its future.
We are active in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the Produce for Better Health Foundation, the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh and more.
Building healthy habits
We’re investing in the future of our industry and our communities through two initiatives we are particularly proud to sponsor: the "Fruits & Veggies—More Matters®" and "Half Your Plate” campaigns in the U.S. and Canada, encouraging better health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.
As well, in association with United Fresh, we have donated salad bars to schools in California.
In 2014, we were one of the very first fresh produce companies to join the Sesame Street eat brighter! movement—adding beloved characters from Cookie Monster to Elmo and more!—to our packages, making them more appealing to young families. As well, we’re helping guide the direction of FNV, an initiative that will drive fresh fruit and vegetable sales into the future.