FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 16, 2012
New ‘Gardenbars®’ Will Feed 100,000 at Oregon Food Bank
Thanks to American Entrepreneurial Legend GardenChef®Paul Wenner
PORTLAND, OREGON (Dec. 17) - - He made his fortune as the inventor of the popular Gardenburger® and now, as he prepares to launch his next successful product, the Gardenbar®; GardenChef Paul Wenner® is donating 100,000 of the high nutrient meal bars to the homeless and hungry of the Pacific Northwest, beginning tomorrow at the Oregon Food Bank.
"Look, I've been there. I've been both homeless and hungry. I want to share the blessings which I have received with the people of the Portland community. So we are donating 100,000 Gardenbars®, with the help of the Oregon Food Bank."
"The Gardenbar® is a pocket-sized entree with a stomach-sized impact. Each of the vegan bars contains nine veggies, six whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and spices. There are five different kinds of Gardenbar®: American, Japanese, Indian, Italian and Mexican. And while we know people will eat them quickly, these nutritious bars have a long shelf life," said Wenner.
“This donation comes at a time when the need for emergency food is unprecedented,” said Mike Moran, food resource manager of Oregon Food Bank. “Long–term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities, and rent have forced more and more people to seek emergency food. We are grateful for this high-nutrient donation.”
Gardenbar® company Board Member, Elizabeth Kucinich said the donation is expressive of our socially conscious approach to business: "We have a strong desire to help people. Gardenbars® are currently being sold in 50 stores in the Northwest, and though we are still raising investment funds so we can cover the whole US market, we feel it important to donate what we can to people who need it most, right now.”
“With one in six Americans on food stamps, and more families struggling to make ends meet, we hope that other socially conscious health-strong companies will follow suit."
Wenner, may have been the inventor of the World famous meatless burger brand, Gardenburger®, but he was actually homeless himself when he started his than new company Wholesome and Hearty foods back in 1985. Due to his perseverance, the company went on to become the #1 growth public stock in the United States.
Wenner was chosen as entrepreneur of the year and his company was chosen by Forbes as one of the top 200 companies in the nation. His most cherished award was being chosen as one of the top 10 most ethical businesses.
The 100,000 bars will be supplied to the Oregon Food Bank on December 17th, 2012 @ 2:30 pm P.T., located at 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, 97211, and gardenchef Paul® will be there in person to give away the gardenbars®
February 23, 2012 -
GardenChef Paul on early morning radio in Medford, Oregon announcing that the first retail outlet for gardenbar™ is Market of Choice.
The Medford Mail Tribune posts the first article about gardenbar™. Click to read.
Oregon Live - March 12, 2012
Video of Joe's Journal courtesy of KOBI TV 5 - NBC - Medford, OR
Paul Wenner made a huge splash in 1985 when he brought to market a frozen vegetarian patty he'd developed for his short-lived Gresham restaurant, the Gardenhouse. He called it the Gardenburger. Wenner and his veggie burgers experienced a meteoric rise. Gardenburger was the first vegetarian patty to make the crossover from health food to mainstream. At its peak, Gardenburger was featured on 50,000 restaurant menus across the country.
Once again he plans to take the natural foods world by storm, this time with the first savory protein bar on the market. He calls it the Gardenbar. The bar, which is whole food, vegan, soy-, gluten- and GMO-free, comes in five flavors: American, Indian, Italian, Japanese and Mexican. Wenner, who claims to have more energy than anyone he knows, was able to sit still long enough to talk about what he calls an entree in your pocket.
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