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Support the Cause Important to You. Be Part of the Great Give

posted by Tariq Farid April 20, 2017

On May 2 – nonprofits in New Haven county are participating in what is the largest national day of local giving to raise millions of dollars for important causes in our communities. These are the organizations that feed the hungry, care and educate children and adults, treat those with life threatening illness, welcome people from war-torn countries, as well as inspire us with artistic expression.  greatgive2017_vertical-identity_600x_300x247

Because of my faith, charity is fundamental to me. It’s personal.  Only recently have I started to talk more about it publicly. The importance of a public donation is the effect it has on others. It says to a wider community this is what we value, we believe in and think is important. I’m a firm believer that the best investments are made in the lives of others. By uplifting all members of our communities, we express our highest values of our community.

People often think philanthropy is for the very wealthy of the world. The truth is that everyone can support their community. Come May 2, no gift is too small, or too large.  Everyone should feel inspired to contribute to the well-being of their community.

Asma and I have supported many organizations locally.  Here are two groups participating in New Haven’s GreatGive. Both will appreciate support.

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Within Greater New Haven, one in seven residents report not having enough money to buy food. Unmet basic needs put people at risk. For a child, hunger affects academic progress. When a child’s free or reduced price school meals aren’t available, weekends are too long.  Through the Food Bank’s Kids’ BackPack Program, healthy, easy to prepare foods are discretely placed into students backpacks on Fridays so they have nutritious food over the weekend.  More than 3,300 children participate in this program.


A person doesn’t strive to be a refugee. Refugees are men, women and their children who fled their countries of origin because of persecution based on their race, nationality, religious belief, or political opinion.  With IRIS assistance, these individuals quickly adjust to a new country and become self-sufficient. Each strives toward their own version of the American dream.  These individuals add value to our communities through enrichment, diversity and growth.  Last year, IRIS helped resettle over 520 people.

Considering participating in New Haven’s GreatGive.  We can change the lives of our neighbors, as we create positive change through the power of people who care.



A chance to give back, and give the gift of life

posted by Tariq Farid March 9, 2017

As the home of my family and many of my businesses, Connecticut holds a special place in my heart. And one of the things that makes it so special to me is how many unsung heroes I have been fortunate enough to meet and help support over the years. I had that opportunity again recently when I visited the North Haven Fire Department to present them with a LUCAS Chest Compression System.

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Edible Arrangements delivers a summer of fun for area children

posted by Tariq Farid March 7, 2017

Summer always marked one of my favorite seasons as a child, and in less than 100 days it will officially be summer. For many kids across the country, that means it’s time to start packing for summer camp.

For many children, camp is a great place discover their talents and skills while gaining confidence, making new friends and exploring the wonders of nature during such developmentally critical times in their life.

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Honoring Our Commitment To Giving Back

posted by Tariq Farid September 21, 2016

As I have said many times, I deeply believe that with success comes a responsibility to give back to your community. It is not just a personal value but a value that is shared by the entire Edible Arrangements family. It is the reason we created our Edible Cares program and the reason that Asma and I created the The Tariq Farid Foundation.

We didn’t create these programs for recognition, but rather because we believe that they are important. When we are recognized for our work, however, it is much appreciated and that was the case recently when I traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the Franchising Gives Back Gold Award from the International Franchise Association (IFA) on behalf of everyone involved in Edible Arrangements and the Tariq Farid Foundation. Continue Reading