Volunteers for St. Mary’s Food Bank fill bags with donated food. (Photo by Sarah Donahue/Cronkite News)

March 20, 2023

AZ Business Magazine

Copenhagen Imports looks to raise $90,000 for community food banks

Copenhagen has partnered with community food banks across Arizona and Texas in a company-wide fundraising initiative to raise $90,000 to support hunger relief during a time of historic need. Each Copenhagen location will participate, including the Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert stores in Arizona and the San Antonio, El Paso, and Austin stores in Texas. 

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Copenhagen Imports’ Phoenix locations will partner with St. Mary’s Food Bank in Arizona for the furniture store’s second-ever Charity Food Drive. 

From April 1st through April 23rd, 2023, Copenhagen will donate 5% of all gross sales to St. Mary’s Food Bank to support the food bank during a time of historic need. Copenhagen’s fundraising goal for the Phoenix community is $30,000. In addition, employees across the company are volunteering for shifts at food bank warehouses, kitchens, and more to show their support for this cause.

To encourage participation, Copenhagen will give customers a 5% discount on purchases made in their showrooms and online, as well as encourage customers to donate non-perishable food or individual monetary gifts. St. Mary’s Food Bank will provide bins for food collection at each location, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert. Each showroom will also have donation forms and/or a digital fundraising page set up by the food bank for those wanting to make monetary contributions. 

“This year, I especially encourage customers to donate non-perishable foods or a monetary gift,” says Jorgen Hansen, CFO and family-owner of Copenhagen. “Not only will you be giving back, you’ll also be getting a chance to win a special gift. Together with Stressless® of Norway, we’ll be doing a grand prize drawing in each of our seven showrooms where one lucky donor will win a Stressless® Consul Chair and Ottoman.” 

To create community awareness, Copenhagen’s food bank partners – St. Mary’s Food Bank, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, San Antonio Food Bank, Central Texas Food Bank, and El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank – will participate in social media and in-person coverage of the event. Copenhagen will be conducting a full-scale media campaign across newspaper, digital, and social channels. 

During the previous year’s food drive, Copenhagen surpassed its fundraising goal and donated $100,000 to the five food banks listed above. St. Mary’s Food Bank received $35,000, which equated to 245,000 meals for those experiencing hunger across nine counties in central Arizona. 

“It was inspiring to see the whole community come together to support hunger relief,” says Jorgen Hansen, “from our marketing team who created content to raise awareness, to local media partners and our employees who volunteered. A big part of our goal is to help educate people about the food bank’s role in our community, and we are always excited to be a part of that.”

As a family-owned and -operated company since 1970, Copenhagen Imports has a longstanding history of, and commitment to, community involvement. Each year, Copenhagen works with local organizations in Arizona and Texas to advance charitable causes – from fighting food and housing insecurity to championing the wellbeing of children and pets. Jorgen Hansen affirms, “Being involved in the community has always been a priority for us. We owe our success to the community, and it feels natural that we should be giving back.” 

Visit Copenhagen’s Charity Food Drive page for more information: www.copenhagenliving.com/food-bank-charity-drive