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    D'Agostino Shoppers Buy Over 9,000 Holiday Food Bundles for the Needy

    Customers contributed 42 percent more than last year, according to the New York metro-area supermarket chain.

    As part of its yearly drive to feed hungry New Yorkers by asking shoppers to donate $7.99 for a bundle of food, D'Agostino Supermarkets said this week that its customers contributed more than ever before -- and 42 percent over last year.

    "I believe the increase is due to the generosity of New Yorkers," noted D'Agostino president and c.o.o. Nick D'Agostino III. "New Yorkers read their newspapers and understand that there are a lot of people who cannot afford to feed themselves. We find that many of our customers buy not only one bundle, but a few buy five bundles at one time."

    Each bundle contains a 32-ounce container of Parmalat milk, a 10.75-ounce can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup, an eight-ounce can of Del Monte cut green beans, and a 12-ounce jar of Skippy creamy peanut butter.

    The bundles are picked up by City Harvest and the Food Bank for Westchester, and then delivered to community programs that feed the needy.

    This year's drive ran from Nov. 12 through Dec.

    Larchmont, N.Y.-based D'Agostino operates 18 stores in Manhattan and New York's Westchester County.

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