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Mid-Atlantic supermarket chain Weis Markets has launched its seventh annual Fight Hunger Program, to run throughout Hunger Action Month in September.
The program provides food and monetary donations to local food banks and emergency food providers in Weis’ 163-store service area. To date, the program has raised nearly $1 million for hunger relief organizations.
“We are committed to being a good neighbor in the communities we serve, and we feel strongly that it is our duty to help support hunger relief organizations that can make a positive difference and bring food to the table for many struggling families,” said Kurt Schertle, Weis' COO. “For organizations like the Central Pennsylvania Food bank, which serves 27 counties in Pennsylvania, a donation as small as one dollar can provide six meals for those in need. We appreciate our shoppers’ support in making this program a success and want them to know that their contributions made at the register really go a long way in supporting their neighbors.”
Boosting Food Security
Food insecurity is a growing problem throughout the United States. According to Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization, 49 million Americans live in food insecure households, affecting 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
Weis customers are able to donate shelf-stable items, as well as purchase $2, $4 and $6 vouchers during the checkout process. All proceeds will be donated to area food banks to help fill gaps in food supplies. The grocer also offers convenient, pre-filled Fight Hunger donation boxes containing pasta, sauce, fruit, vegetables, tuna, cereal and soup — all for less than $10.
Founded in 1912, Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets operates163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.