Weis Markets kick starts its ninth annual Fight Hunger Program throughout Hunger Action Month in September

SUNBURY, PA, 2016-Sep-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today (September 16, 2016) embarks on its ninth annual Fight Hunger Program that will run throughout Hunger Action Month TM in September. The program provides food and monetary donations to hundreds of local food banks and emergency food providers across five states in Weis Markets’ 166-store service area. Since the program’s inception in 2008, the program has raised nearly $1.5 million for hunger relief organizations.

“Weis Markets is deeply committed to fighting hunger, and certainly within our own communities,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets’ Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing.Hunger Action Month is the perfect time for all of us to join together and support those families who may not know when and from where the next meal is coming. Each year, our customers show their incredible generosity through donations at our stores and online. We hope our customers will consider donating this month when they visit their local Weis Markets.”

Starting September 8, 2016 through October 5, 2016, customers are encouraged to visit their local Weis Markets and consider making a small donation of $1 or $5 vouchers at checkout to help support families in need in the community.  They can choose to round up their grocery order to the nearest dollar.  Customers will also have the opportunity to donate shelf stable items such as canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, apple sauce or soup by simply adding these items to their cart throughout their trip and then place them in a donation bin at checkout. Donations will also be accepted online at WeisMarkets.com/FightHunger.

Weis Markets’ Fight Hunger Campaign benefits local food banks and pantries throughout the five state market area. Regional food banks, who help coordinate local pick-ups, also participate in the program including: The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast, PA; The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Harrisburg and Williamsport);The Maryland Food Bank; The Commission on Economic Opportunity/The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton); Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading); Philabundance (Montgomery County, PA); Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW)/Broome County Council of Churches; Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira);  Food Bank Network of Somerset County; Philabundance; Northwest Community Action Program NORWESCAP Food Bank (Phillipsburg, NJ); and Mountaineer Food Bank (West Virginia).

Please visit Facebook.com/WeisMarkets or WeisMarkets.com for more information on Fight Hunger.

About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 171  stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets

Contact:

1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801
1-866-999-9347

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

Harris Teeter kicks-off Hunger Action Month with Titan Farms’ fourth annual Peaches with a Purpose program

Harris Teeter kicks-off Hunger Action Month with Titan Farms’ fourth annual Peaches with a Purpose program
Harris Teeter kicks-off Hunger Action Month with Titan Farms’ fourth annual Peaches with a Purpose program

 

Mathews. NC,, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — To kick-off Hunger Action Month, Harris Teeter and Titan Farms donated approximately 36,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. This donation was made possible thanks to Titan Farms’ fourth annual Peaches with a Purpose program.

Titan Farms, the largest peach grower on the east coast, created Peaches with a Purpose to help feed the under-served while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity. At the end of the program which took place in August throughout all North Carolina Harris Teeter locations, the company along with Titan Farms donated a percentage of all peaches purchased to the two food banks.

“On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children, seniors and families who struggle daily with hunger in our region, we want to thank Harris Teeter and Titan Farms for their commitment to help end hunger,” said Kay Carter, chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “Produce is an item that those living in poverty can least afford but need as part of a healthy diet.  We are very grateful for this support.”

“We know that many people seeking food assistance from our network are struggling with health issues,” said Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. “This fact makes donations like this one from Titan Farms and Harris Teeter all the more important. Together, we’re doing more than providing calories. We’re supporting healthy communities. We’re grateful to both companies for their on-going support and this exciting launch to Hunger Action Month.”

“We want to thank Titan Farms for supporting local hunger relief efforts and for allowing us to consistently be a part of this program,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Fresh produce is scarce in food banks across the country, and we are happy to be able to contribute nutritious items to those in need.”

“As leaders in the produce industry, we at Titan Farms feel a responsibility to get fresh produce into the hands of those in need,” said Chalmers Carr, president of Titan Farms. “We are proud to collaborate with Harris Teeter for a fourth year in providing North Carolina families with our fresh peaches.”

The food banks began distributing these peaches to schools and other populations immediately following the donations.

Harris Teeter and Titan Farms would like to offer a special thanks to Salem Produce, LLC for helping transport the donated product.

About Titan Farms
Based in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, Titan Farms is the premier grower, packer and shipper of over 3 million boxes of fresh peaches, broccoli and bell peppers annually. Titan Farms recognizes the importance of sustainable agriculture practices, and uses them to benefit America’s consumers and to protect our country’s precious natural resources. The team at Titan Farms has an extraordinary commitment to providing only the safest, highest-quality produce for their customers. Titan Farms brings modern farming and old fashion values together to put the highest-quality fruits and vegetables on your table.

Source: Harris Teeter

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Hunger Action Month: Food 4 Less stores in Southern California encourage shoppers to donate nutrient-rich milk to families in need

Through September, Food 4 Less/Foods Co Will Make It Easy For Shoppers to Give Hope by The Gallon To Local Families In Need – California Dairy Families to Match Donations Up to $50,000

LOS ANGELES, 2015-9-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — September is Hunger Action Month™, a nationwide campaign from Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In honor of Hunger Action Month, Food 4 Less stores in Southern California are partnering with Feeding America, milk companies and more than 1,400 California dairy families to encourage shoppers to’Pour It Forward’ by donating nutrient-rich milk to families in need throughout California.

In addition, the supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division, which serves Central and Northern California, is also asking its shoppers to donate milk to needy families.

Milk isn’t just a drink—it’s a nutrient powerhouse providing nine essential nutrients including eight grams of high-quality protein per serving. But it is missing at food banks right here in California and across the country because it is rarely donated. In fact, milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America food bank clients each year. That’s because Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, but milk is much harder to donate because it’s perishable.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. But through September 30, Southern California Food 4 Less customers and Central and Northern California Foods Co shoppers have the ability to help change that in their communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out. Every donation will help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. All donations collected go directly to Feeding America food banks in the local service community where the donation is made.

“Milk is the number one food item requested by our Southern California food banks,” said Kendra Doyel, Food 4 Less/Foods Co vice president of corporate affairs. “Through the ‘Pour it Forward’ program we are giving our customers, associates and company and easy way to support local food banks by offering them access to an important food – fresh and wholesome milk.”

To help ensure that Feeding America food banks serving California are able to provide nutritious milk to people in need, the California Milk Advisory Board and the dairy farm families it represents are joining Food 4 Less in Southern California and Foods Co in Central and Northern California in the “Pour It Forward” program by pledging a dollar-for-dollar match for each donation sold – up to $50,000.

“California dairy farmers are dedicated to providing a wholesome, nutritious product for families everywhere and to making this nutritious food available to all families, regardless of circumstances,” said John Talbot, CEO of California Milk Advisory Board. “The Pour it Forward program offers a tremendous opportunity for Southern California Food 4 Less customers and Central and Northern California Foods Co shoppers  to join us in supporting people in need and ensuring this support stays in California communities.”

‘Pour It Forward’
This is the second year The Kroger Co. has hosted the ‘Pour It Forward’ program in its stores. Last year’s effort generated more than 100,000 gallons of milk for families in need in communities across the country.

The ‘Pour It Forward’ program is the latest in a rich history of fighting hunger, including Kroger’s Bringing Hope to the Table initiative, an ongoing hunger relief program that helps bring much needed funds to Feeding America food banks. These funds help food banks purchase new trucks, refrigeration equipment, computers and other resources critical to their mission.

What You Can Do Today
Now through the end of September, Food 4 Less/Foods Co is inviting customers to ‘Pour It Forward’by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to help local families get the nutrient-rich milk they’re missing out on. Customers should check with their local stores for details. Donations are also collected at BringingHopeToTheTable.com/PourItForward. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community.

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.

About the California Milk Advisory Board
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,400 dairy families. With headquarters in South San Francisco and Modesto, the CMAB is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese. For more information and to connect with the CMAB through social media, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, like at Facebook. Facebook.com/RealCaliforniaMilk, view videos at YouTube.com/RealCaliforniaMilk, follow at Twitter.com/RealCalifMilk and Instagram.com/RealCalifMilk and pin at Pinterest.com/RealCalifMilk.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About MilkPEP
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Lowe Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

SOURCE Food 4 Less

Weis Markets joins Great American Milk Drive during Hunger Action Month™ in September as part of its 8th annual Fight Hunger campaign

The Great American Milk Drive helps fight hunger by providing milk, complete with high-quality protein, to families in need during Hunger Action MonthTM

SUNBURY, PA, 2015-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing in Mid-Atlantic area food banks, and local children in need are missing out on the essential nutrients that milk provides. To help close the gap on this need, Weis Markets is joining the Great American Milk Drive during Hunger Action Month™ in September as part of its 8th annual Fight Hunger campaign.

“We are dedicated to the communities we serve, and doing our part to fight hunger within our communities,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets’ Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. “Hunger Action Month is the perfect time for all of us to join the effort and support The Great American Milk Drive. We hope our customers will consider donating a gallon of milk through our Fight Hunger program when they visit their local Weis Markets throughout September.”

The second new feature to Weis Markets’ campaign is its new Fight Hunger reusable bag, which is on sale for $2. All proceeds from the sale of these bags will be donated to local Fight Hunger programs. Customers will be able to donate shelf-stable items, as well as purchase $2 and $4 vouchers during the checkout process. They can also round up their orders with 100 percent of the proceeds going to area food banks to help fill gaps in food supplies.

“More than 49 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 6 million children,” said Mr. Gunn. “The Great American Milk Drive and our Fight Hunger program gives our customers a practical way help more than 100 hunger organizations in their communities.”

Milk is Requested in Food Banks, Yet Missing
According to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated, and local hunger groups are struggling to meet the demand. Although Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, milk is much harder to donate because it is perishable. Feeding America clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year.

The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most, is working to change that across the country. Since The Great American Milk Drive launched in 2014, more than 398,000 gallons – that’s more than 6.3 million servings – of milk have been donated to people who rely on the nation’s food banks to help supply their families with not only the food, but also the good nutrition they need.

What You Can Do Today
Visit your local Weis Markets and consider making a small donation at checkout to help deliver a gallon of nutrient-rich milk to a family in need in your community. For each $2.00 donation, customers will receive a special Fight Hunger reusable shopping bag and for each $4.00 donation, the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association will donate one gallon of milk to The Great American Milk Drive. If you are unable to donate in-store, you can donate at milklife.com/give. Entering your zip code ensures your donation is delivered to the food bank that serves your community.

In addition, throughout September, for every share of this Great American Milk Drive image tagged with #MilkDrive, a one-gallon donation will be made to one of the 200 food banks served by Feeding America.

Check out the milk social channels, Facebook.com/milk and @MilkLife on Twitter for additional information and Great American Milk Drive success stories. Please visit Facebook.com/WeisMarkets or WeisMarkets.com for more information on Fight Hunger.

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About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. 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.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About MilkPEP
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Lowe Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

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Hunger Action Month: Kroger encourage its shoppers to donate nutrient-rich milk to families in need in their local communities

This September, Kroger’s Family of Stores Will Make It Easy For Shoppers to Give Hope by The Gallon To Families In Need In Their Communities

CINCINNATI, 2015-9-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — September is Hunger Action Month™, a nationwide campaign from Feeding America® – the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. In honor of Hunger Action Month, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores is partnering with Feeding America and the country’s dairy farmers and milk companies to encourage its shoppers to ‘Pour It Forward’ by donating nutrient-rich milk to families in need in their local communities.

Milk isn’t just a drink—it’s a nutrient powerhouse providing nine essential nutrients including eight grams of high-quality protein per serving. But it is missing at food banks in communities across the country because it is rarely donated. In fact, milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America food bank clients each year.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person, per year. But this September, Kroger family of stores customers have the ability to help change that in their communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out. Every donation will help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. All donations collected go directly to Feeding America food banks that service the local community where the donation was made.

“We know our customers care deeply about the issue of hunger in their local communities and are willing to donate dry goods, but it’s more difficult to provide fresh, perishable items like milk,” said Lynn Marmer, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We are honored to partner with Feeding America for the second year in a row. The ‘Pour It Forward’ program makes it so simple to give hope by the gallon and provide milk to families in need across the country.”

‘Pour It Forward’
This is the second year Kroger has hosted the ‘Pour It Forward’ program in its stores. Last year’s effort generated more than 100,000 gallons of milk for families in need in communities across the country.

“We are pleased to have Kroger as a partner for the ‘Pour It Forward’ program and are thankful for their help in filling our food banks with an additional source of protein,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “Milk remains one of the most requested and least available items in food banks, and Kroger is helping to change that for the families who need it most.”

The ‘Pour It Forward’ program is the latest in a rich history of fighting hunger, including Kroger’sBringing Hope to the Table initiative, an ongoing hunger-relief program that helps bring much needed funds to Feeding America food banks nationwide. These funds help food banks purchase new trucks, refrigeration equipment, computers and other resources critical to their mission.

What You Can Do Today
Now through the end of September, the Kroger family of stores is inviting customers to ‘Pour It Forward’ by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to help local families get the nutrient-rich milk they’re missing out on. Customers should check with their local stores for details. Donations are also collected at BringingHopeToTheTable.com/PourItForward. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community.

About Kroger
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,626 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 780 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,342 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About MilkPEP
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Lowe Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.