We love our Native Pals! We’ve always loved staying deeply involved in local community events, organizations, and non-profit groups, but on top of those initiatives, we expanded our reach even further. Native Foods has teamed up with three incredible groups – our Native Pals – who share our passion for animals and the environment. They’re our friends at Farm Sanctuary, The Surfrider Foundation, and Mercy For Animals! These new partnerships will come to life through group representation in the stores, speaker and film events, animal adoptions, beach clean-ups, education, volunteer opportunities, as well as an exclusive chef-tasting benefit.
Our guests can share in the Native Pals love all year long! Native Pals Day, happens each month and gives back a portion of sales to the featured group. When you buy an entrée, side, and a Native Drink on that special day, you’ll get a free dessert and be supporting Mercy For Animals, Farm Sanctuary, or Surfrider Foundation!
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Although it is best-known in SoCal, it is a national organization with chapters in Chicago, Portland and all the way out east in D.C.!
Surfrider Foundation and Native Foods have teamed up on their Ban the Bag campaign by working to reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up in our waterways. Any reusable tote bag purchased at Native Foods helps support this cause.
o get involved in some rad beach clean-ups or to learn more about The Surfrider Foundation visit surfrider.org.
Mercy For Animals is one of the most well-recognized organizations dedicated to preventing cruelty towards farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies by actively working on changing legislation surrounding factory farming.
Volunteers hit the streets passing out leaflets containing information about how you can help! The MFA crew loves dining at Native Foods and educating our guests on their efforts by giving compassionate talks in the restaurants for special events.
Learn more about their mission and how to get involved at mercyforanimals.org.
Farm Sanctuary protects farm animals from cruelty and has rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at their three sanctuaries across California and in New York. The group also works to develop a new awareness and understanding of farm animals by promoting compassionate vegan living.
It takes a lot of time and resources to run one of their sanctuaries, so the more love we can share the better! You can help by adopting your own farm animal right from their website just like we did! Our adopted farm animals – Dandy Pants, Maria, Bruno, and Macy are all kicking it at the Acton sanctuary in Southern California. Go visit them! (Hint: Dandy Pants loves sunflower seeds and Maria loves her apples). We also have our very own cow in Watkins Glen, New York who we affectionately named Twister, after our beloved wrap.
To learn more about Farm Sanctuary and to adopt your own farm animal, visit farmsanctury.org.
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From a local one-shop restaurant to becoming tri-coastal (yes, Chicagoans consider Lake Michigan a coast…you can surf the waves!), we’re still just as crazy about staying involved in the communities and cultures that make each location thrive. As part of our mission, Native Foods supports causes that promote compassion to animals, environmental protection, and childhood education. Through our CHEERS programs at new store openings where 100% of alcohol sales go back to local groups, food donations, silent auction prize giveaways, and event participation, we always find a way to keep it local.
Are you a part of a community organization dedicated to a compassionate causes? We’d love to hear from you and learn about ways we can help your organization grow! Please fill out an application here.
Take a look at some of the groups we’ve supported recently!
Are you a part of a community organization dedicated to compassionate causes?
We’d love tohear from youand learn about ways we can help your organization grow!