Jack and Jill of America Donation Message


Natural Grocers, together with it's customers, donated $133,000 which eliminates for Graduates at Prairie View A&M University and Huston-Tillotson during the Inaugural Year of the JJ College GAP Fund for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)


Earlier this year, Natural Grocers partnered with Jack and Jill of America for an unprecedented and groundbreaking initiative born of the shared values of both organizations to give back to the communities they serve. The fundraising initiative provides funding that directly supports HBCU students who are in good academic standing and on track to graduate but are faced with the ever-growing problem of tuition debt.


Through two innovative in-store campaigns, Natural Grocers exceeded fundraising goals and raised over $133,000 which will directly benefit students at two Texas HBCUs—Prairie View A&M University and Huston-Tillotson. In honor of Martin Luther King Day 2020, Natural Grocers directly donated $66,600 to the JJ College GAP Fund. Secondly, Natural Grocers' customers had the opportunity to make direct contributions to the JJ College GAP Fund at any Natural Grocers store around the country throughout Black History Month, February 2020. 


Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions that were established prior to 1964 with the principal mission of educating Black Americans. These institutions were founded and developed in an environment of legal segregation and, by providing access to higher education, they contributed substantially to the progress Black Americans made in improving their status.


Join the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and Natural Grocers in making a college degree possible for HBCU students by closing the critical financial gap in order to obtain a college degree, by texting “CloseTheGap” to 44321 to make a donation or by clicking here.*


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