Keasbey, NJ, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Supermarkets today (May 5, 2017) announced its Driving Park Avenue store in Rochester, NY was recognized by Foodlink as the top Price Rite donor to its Retail Store Donation program in 2016. A regional food hub and Feeding America food bank, Foodlink serves Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties, distributing food to a network of human service agencies, providing meals through its commercial kitchen and offering more than 30 food-related programs.
“We continue to be impressed with Price Rite, and in particular its Driving Park store, for their overwhelming support of our Retail Store Donation Program,” said Marc Goldfischer, Foodlink’s Partnership Develpment Coordinator. “Getting local retailers engaged with our anti-hunger efforts is one of the many ways we can combat hunger as a community and serve more nutritious food to those in need.”
During 2016, Price Rite of Driving Park Avenue donated more than 26,500 pounds of food – the equivalent of $45,000 in fresh food, including produce and dairy – providing 22,156 meals for people in need within the local community. In recognition of the store’s efforts to fight food insecurity, representatives from Foodlink presented a plaque to the store, honoring its team as the top Price Rite donor to the food bank last year. Store Receiving Manager Dan Lawler and Store Manager Mark Leslie, both of whom worked closely with Foodlink, are credited with helping lead the way in food donations from Price Rite.
The three Foodlink-area Price Rite stores combined for a total of 59,900 donated pounds of food, which provided 50,000 meals overall in the community.
“Price Rite is committed to supporting the fight against hunger within the communities we serve,” said Neil Duffy, president of Price Rite Supermarkets. “Food insecurity is a year-round issue, and through programs like Foodlink’s retail donation program we are able to alleviate some of that pressure. We are proud of the team at our Driving Avenue store, along with all of our associates, for their continued commitment to helping our neighbors in need.”
In addition to its participation in Foodlink’s Retail Store Donation program, Price Rite of Driving Park Avenue also serves as a host site for its Nutrition Education programs. These include Cooking Matters at the Store, a course that teaches participants how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients, and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families; and Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables, a program designed to help improve the health and nutritional status of SNAP-eligible residents in New York.
Price Rite, known for fresh quality products at low everyday prices, contributes approximately $500,000 annually to local food banks and food pantries benefiting families within the communities where Price Rite stores operate. For more information, please visit www.PriceRiteSupermarkets.com.
About Price Rite
Price Rite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite opened its first store in West Springfield, MA in 1995 and currently operates 63 grocery stores while employing more than 4,000 people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Price Rite offers expanded produce departments and a curated selection of quality food products at exceptional prices. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community. For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.
Foodlink is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Our operations target the root causes of hunger. We do this by distributing food to a network of human service agencies, serving meals through our commercial kitchen, and offering more than 30 food-related programs. In 2016, Foodlink distributed 19.3 million pounds of food — including 5.7 million pounds of produce, offered more than 200 nutrition education courses, and created new access points for healthy foods in underserved communities. Our innovative approach directly addresses health disparities related to food insecurity.
Source: Price Rite Supermarkets