Fight Hunger program generates donation of 5,074 gallons of milk for local families in need
SUNBURY, PA, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets’ stores raised $103,000 in donations for 100 local emergency food providers in its five state market area while also generating a donation of 5,074 gallons of milk through its partnership with the Great American Milk Drive. The donations were raised during Hunger Action month in September.
“Our customers’ generosity will help generate more than a half million meals in the communities we serve. This year, we added a new option which allowed our customers to donate a gallon of milk to a local family in need. This helped generate a donation of more than 5,000 gallons of milk,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets Senior Vice President. “Ultimately, these donations will benefit more than 100 local hunger organizations who serve thousands of people. We are committed to helping these organizations and are truly grateful to our customers for their support.”
This year’s Fight Hunger program had two new features. A $4 donation generated a gallon of milk for a local hunger organization, and customers could also buy a Fight Hunger reusable bag for $2, with all proceeds going to local hunger organizations.
The Fight Hunger food drive benefits local food banks and pantries throughout the five Mid-Atlantic States in which Weis Markets operates. Regional food banks participating in the program and who also helped coordinate local pick-ups include: The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast (PA); The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Harrisburg, PA); The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Williamsport, PA); The Maryland Food Bank (MD); The Commission on Economic Opportunity/The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA); Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading, PA); Philabundance (Greater Philadelphia Area, PA); Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW)/Broome County Council of Churches (Broome County, NY); Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY); Food Bank Network of Somerset County (Somerset County, PA); Northwest Community Action Program NORWESCAP Food Bank (Phillipsburg, NJ); and Mountaineer Food Bank (WV).
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. To learn more about Weis Markets’ Fight Hunger Program and ways you can help, please visit WeisMarkets.com/fight-hunger.
About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets
SOURCE: Weis Markets