X5 and Rus Food Foundation to food drive events in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk

MOSCOW, Russia, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: “FIVE”), and Rus Food Foundation, the first Russian food bank, announce their transition to a new format for collecting food aid. In 2018, the partners plan to organise city-wide food marathons in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk. The first marathon will take place in Kazan on 3 March 2018, with the Foundation’s volunteers collecting food aid for socially vulnerable senior citizens of the Republic of Tatarstan at all of Kazan’s Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores.

This approach is a scaled-up version of the food drive technique employed in the Basket of Kindness campaign. It will help to increase audience engagement and enable the organisers to gather more food. In 2017, X5 Retail Group and Rus Food Foundation staged Basket of Kindness events at 803 Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores, with customers buying and donating some 80 tons of non-perishable foods. The aid was provided to 6,000 low-income families and senior citizens from various Russian regions.

Food for the Villages, the first city-wide food marathon, took place on 2 December 2017 at 200 of Moscow’s Perekrestok supermarkets, as well as at some Dixy and Billa stores. Customers donated over 30 tons of food, which translated into gift sets for approximately 15,000 senior citizens in nine regions. The Moscow food marathon showed the effectiveness of city-wide actions, and this was chosen as the key format for the Basket of Kindness project.

In order to maximise engagement in the food aid drive, in 2018, X5 and Rus Food Foundation will continue promoting their online charity food store at корзинадоброты.рф. This website was launched in late November 2017, and in the first two months it had over 30,000 unique visitors from all over Russia. In addition to providing information about the project’s history and status, the website offers multiple ways to participate in the initiative, starting from submitting a volunteer application to donating food. It also enables visitors to buy a food set online and to donate goods ranging in price from RUB 150 to RUB 2,000. The sets include essentials for a family diet, including cereals, pasta, sunflower oil, canned goods, tea and sweets. In the first two months, the Basket of Kindness online charity store sold over RUB 300,000 worth of food sets. The aid recipients include elderly people living alone, single mothers, large families with extremely low income and orphans.

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext.

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million – the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals – for food pantries through the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $37 million since its inception in 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $3.1 million, or at least 31 million meals, alone for hungry families. It was the program’s best campaign ever.

“It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to support this important program.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a local problem, which is why the funds given to Simply Give stay local,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work together to ensure no one has to go without food.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to included expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

ShopRite and the Phillies host the ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive, Sunday, Sept. 17 at Citizens Bank Park

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baseball fans are once again invited to bring a non-perishable food donation to the ShopRite Partners In Caring annual food drive at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, Sept. 17.  The family-friendly game day event will include FREE food samples, giveaways and visits from the Phillie Phanatic and Galapagos Gang mascots.  Those who make a non-perishable food donation will also receive a buy one get one FREE ticket voucher for a ballgame.

The event is open to the public and game tickets are not required to access the ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive. The festive food drive and block party will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Citizens Bank Way, with music provided by CBS Radio.

ShopRite and the Phillies host the ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive each year to benefit Philabundance food bank, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.

The ShopRite truck will be parked on Citizens Bank Way and those who attend the event will receive a FREE ShopRite re-usable grocery bag while supplies last. Fans can also drop off their donations in Philabundance bins located at any Citizens Bank Park entrance gates

ShopRite, Hatfield, Herr’s, Tastykake, and Turkey Hill will provide free food samples to fans and food donors during the food drive.

Event highlights include:

  • Appearance by the Phillie Phanatic
  • FREE BOGO (buy one get one FREE) ticket voucher.  Those who bring a non-perishable food donation to the ballpark this year can earn a FREE buy one get one free ticket voucher they can use for that day’s game against the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs or a future Phillies game during the regular 2017 season
  • Fun events for kids of all ages, including a visit from the Galapagos Gang
  • Food sampling, music and giveaways

ShopRite is a proud sponsor of the Phillies and one of the many Phillies partners participating in the Phans Feeding Families summer-long initiative, aimed at raising money and collecting food donations to feed the 750,000 people in the Delaware Valley.  For more information, please visit www.phillies.com/feedingfamilies.

“This is a great team effort that gets food to those in need in the Philadelphia area,” said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring.  “Events like this also help raise awareness about hunger and the vital role food banks like Philabundance play in the community. ShopRite Partners in Caring supports that good work and has donated more than $2 million to Philabundance since 1999.”

“We’re grateful to ShopRite, the Phillies and all the Phans who help hit hunger out of the park by donating non-perishable items to help feed our neighbors in need,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director, Philabundance. “By donating protein-rich and healthy items such as canned tuna, peanut butter and cereal, you help show that you’re all partners in caring about those facing hunger.”
About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

About Philabundance
Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. It serves approximately 90,000 people per week, a third of whom are children and 15% of whom are seniors. In 2014, Philabundance distributed approximately 30 million pounds of food through its own neighborhood distribution programs and through a network of approximately 400 member agencies in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information about Philabundance, visit Philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp


Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter host food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners

Donate Non-Perishable Foods at Participating Harris Teeter Stores to help Local Food Banks

Matthews, N.C., 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In partnership with the Washington Nationals, local Harris Teeter stores are hosting a food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners.

In May, Harris Teeter donated $225,000 to its various food bank partners and is hosting this food drive to help raise additional awareness to the problems of hunger and food insecurity.

Donations made at Harris Teeter locations will benefit Capital Area Food Bank and Loudoun Interfaith Relief; beneficiaries are displayed the collection bins in each store.

In addition to donating food at local Harris Teeter stores, Nationals fans may bring non-perishable food items to Nationals Park on Aug. 8 and 9 when the team faces the Colorado Rockies.

Volunteers will collect donations outside the Center Field Gate from the time gates open through the fourth inning. Donations made at Nationals Park will benefit Capital Area Food Bank.

Fans who donate three non-perishable food items at the ballpark will receive two tickets to a future game, while supplies last. Additionally, the first 500 fans to donate Harris Teeter Brands canned goods on Aug. 8 and the first 500 fans to donate Harris Teeter Brands canned goods on Aug. 9 will also receive $5 worth of NatsBucks.

Please join our team and the Nationals in the fight against hunger.


Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter host food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners

Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter host food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners