Over the past two years, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi has recognized the need for food bank support within the local community. The Giving Garden, which raises fresh fruits and vegetables for the Stockton Emergency Food Bank, was built on the Woodbridge Winery premises in 2010 and continues to be maintained and cared for by the winery employees. This garden has provided more than 4,500 pounds of produce to the Food Bank, equating to more than 5,600 meals for local families. Inspired by the passion and generosity alive within the Giving Garden program, employees of Constellation Brands, the parent company of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, personally donated to the Food Bank cause through the “employee match” program. For every dollar donated by an employee to a local charity during the holiday time period, Constellation Brands in turn matched with a donation of a dollar. The $9,000 raised through this program, along with the 2,500 pounds of food raised through a food drive held at the winery during the holidays, will provide tremendous support to help feed the local community during the cold winter months and beyond.
The June 2011 opening of the Food Bank’s Nutrition Education Center also provided unfortunate insight into the hunger levels of the local community. Many of the children who visit the Nutrition Center have never tasted fruits like strawberries and watermelon before. The Center helps to teach the community about making smart and balanced eating choices. By providing access to these kinds of fresh options, the Food Bank hopes that these children will be more likely to make more nutritious choices in the future.“While all forms of help are welcome, we see the most value in the partnerships that are created with local businesses,” said Yvonne Derby, Food/Resource Development Manager at the Stockton Emergency Food Bank. “In today’s economic environment, we’re not simply aiming to collect money or food, but also for our partners to see the difference their contributions can make in the communities they serve.” About Constellation Brands Constellation Brands is the world’s leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation’s brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Ruffino, Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ and STZ.B) is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 100 countries and operations in approximately 30 facilities. The company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to different people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more about Constellation, visit the company's website at www.cbrands.com. About the Stockton Emergency Food Bank The Emergency Food Bank and Family Services, founded in 1968, is the largest direct provider of packaged emergency food in San Joaquin County. Over one thousand people a day are served healthy food from Emergency Food Bank services. Almost five million pounds of food is distributed each year from the main location and over 13 pantries in Stockton and San Joaquin County. The organization emphasizes health, nutrition, food economics and education. For more information, visit www.stocktonfoodbank.org. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50181492&lang=en