Froyo Gives Back to Worthy Causes, 2017 Edition

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Month! This is the time of year that we like to take the time to recognize froyo shops that give back to the community and worthy causes.

We know that frozen yogurt shops large and small have given back to their communities, by sponsoring kid’s sports teams, holding fundraisers, treating veterans, teachers and nurses to free froyo, etc. We applaud everyone in the frozen yogurt industry that has given back to worthy causes and organizations.

Recent examples of giving back include:

16 Handles has been planting 16 trees per location every day. To date, they’ve planted over 126,000 trees, partnering with Trees for the Future.

The Mango Tree (720 Main St., Pella, IA 50219) first opened in 2014. The frozen yogurt shop is run by volunteers and 100% of the proceeds go to Many Hands for Haiti.

Menchie’s partnered with Smile Train for the Let’s Make Smile initiative. Menchie’s locations collected funds to help provide free cleft repair surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to children in need during April 2017. The current Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, made an appearance at the Menchie’s in the Bronx to help raise awareness of the fundraiser. The fundraiser raised $107,716 for children in need by providing free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care.

Menchie’s launched the Smile It Forward movement in October 2016 and encouraged guests to perform random acts of kindness. The goal was to spread at least 420,000 smiles during the campaign.

Orange Leaf teamed up with No Kid Hungry again and introduced its Generation Original program in September 2016. The program raised money for No Kid Hungry with donations for the Orange Unicorn Augmented Reality coloring sheet pin up, Generation Original coloring sheet pin up, by purchasing Swizzles during Dine Out Week or by purchasing a limited edition Generation Original t-shirt.

Pinkberry New England brought back the Celebrity Swirl campaign. They worked with Boston chef, Tiffani Faison, to introduce a new flavor, sweet corn, blueberry and buttermilk crumble. Ten percent of the proceeds of flavor went to Fisher House of Boston, a place for families to stay close to the VA Boston Healthcare Medical facility in West Roxbury.

sweetFrog’s Bananas for Babies campaign will collect donations for the March of Dimes during June 2017. sweetFrog also created a limited edition Bananas for Babies frog plush toy. The first Bananas for Babies campaign was launched in 2015.

sweetFrog partnered with the Salvation Army for the 126th annual Red Kettle Campaign. sweetFrog guests could donate by purchasing a Salvation Army pin up. The pin ups were hung in each store during the Red Kettle campaign. Proceeds of a special sweetFrog holiday sweatshirt were donated to the Salvation Army.

Yoga-urt (1407 W Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA) donated 25% of sales to Planned Parenthood on International Womens Day.

Yogen Fruz partnered with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society for their See the Ability campaign. They created a special flavor, Kayla’s Flavür, and 10% of the proceeds from that flavor were donated to the CDSS. Kayla is the daughter of Yogen Früz’s CEO and co-founder, Aaron Serruya.