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The Joy of Giving Back

Hi, I’m Julie. Lover of all things Plum and a proud member of the Plum Parents Team.

If I could write a love note to Plum’s products, I would. I never leave the house without a Plum snack in my diaper bag. Car rides, grocery store trips, doctor’s visits and play dates; I can’t name all the times these snacks have prevented public meltdowns. At home, my daughter learned to feed herself by grabbing for Puffs with her chubby little fingers. After a long day of work with no food prepped for dinner, pouches saved the day with organic fruits and vegetables ready to serve my baby.

I loved Plum Organics for their products making my life easier long before I knew anything more about the company.

About a year ago, I was invited to become a Plum Parent and meet with the team at their offices in Emeryville, California. I was overwhelmed with the level of thought and research that goes in to making the most nutritious foods for babies, tots and kids. Their commitment to helping moms and dads master this parenting thing was impressive, but what surprised me was the focused mission to use their business for good and to give back.

I experienced this first hand as I volunteered alongside Plum employees at an event run by the charity Convoy of Hope. Families in need were treated to a carnival with music, food and games then sent home with new shoes, a fresh haircut, groceries and lots of Plum goodies. Six months later I had the privilege of gathering friends to bag up fruits and veggies at my local food bank backed by a generous donation of food from Plum.

That’s been the most surprising and rewarding part of being a Plum Parent…the giving. Giving back and giving out. Plum has supplied me with boxes of snacks for children as well as goodies for parents to enjoy (wine glasses for the win!). Giving out gifts to my friends and some complete strangers has been a joy. It almost always leads to swapping parenting stories, offering words of encouragement and finding common ground over our mutual love of puffs and pouches.

Julie Vlahon lives in the Sacramento area and is mom to six month old Jordan and three year old Siena. Keep up with her and all of our Plum Parents here.