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Shoppers Food & Pharmacy has donated more than $51,000 to Feeding America Food banks in the Washington and Baltimore areas, following its customers’ support of the Supervalu-owned chain’s 2010 “Food for All” campaign.
“The Food for All campaign is very important to us, and I am glad to see our customers joining with us to give back to those in need,” said Tim Lowe, president of Bowie, Md.-based Shoppers. “They really stepped up this year, resulting in a large contribution.”
During the fall and winter holidays, Shoppers could donate $1, $3 or $5 to help the hungry in their local communities. As a result of customers’ generosity, Shoppers was able to donate to four locations, with more than $30,000 going to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington and more than $20,000 supporting the outreach efforts of the Maryland Food Bank.
“The summer is a particularly critical time for food banks such as ours, as warmer weather and vacations often move the plight of hunger to the ‘backseat,’” explained Deborah Flateman, CEO of the Baltimore-based Maryland Food Bank. “Shoppers’ support and recognition that ‘hunger takes no vacation’ means that the Maryland Food Bank can continue to help the nearly 470,000 Marylanders who are in need of food assistance.”
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank also received contributions. Since Food for All started in 2000, Shoppers has donated more than $1,220,000 to local food banks.
Shoppers, part of family of grocery stores owned by Minneapolis-based Supervalu, operates 56 stores in Baltimore, northern Virginia and Washington.