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This Veterans Day, we’re celebrating those who protect what’s good in life by partnering with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to raise money for our nation’s veterans. From November 3 to November 12, Edible Arrangements’® Guests can visit any of our U.S. store locations to purchase a plain or chocolate dipped pineapple Edible Pop™, with $1 from every sale going directly to IAVA. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to help assist in employment support programs, including the creation of a toolkit with creative approaches and best practices for Edible Arrangements® Franchisees to locate and hire qualified veterans across the U.S. The IAVA is the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families.
“IAVA is excited about partnering with Edible Arrangements in its campaign to bring career opportunities to the new greatest generation of veterans,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “Leaders like Edible Arrangements understand that veterans can translate their military skills into new job opportunities and lead with confidence in the civilian workforce. We are proud to work with them to add more veteran business owners and team members to their company family.”
In addition to our fundraising efforts, Edible Arrangements® and IAVA will host “VetTogether” events at VA hospitals and centers across the country on November 6. Franchisees from California, Connecticut, New York, Minnesota and Texas will be distributing more than 1,000 Edible Pops™ to the VA’s patients and staff members in the hopes of uniting IAVA members and supporters. Edible Arrangements’ founder and CEO Tariq Farid said, “Edible Arrangements’ partnership with the IAVA will allow us to be more effective in our work to recruit and employ veterans and bring attention to the fact that veterans have qualities that make them ideal small business owners and team members. We are lucky to have such an esteemed organization to assist us and I am honored for this opportunity.”
To find your nearest Edible Arrangements® store location, click here then stop by to purchase your pineapple Edible Pop™ for a good cause. Click here to learn more about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).