Weis Markets raises $340,000 for local hunger organizations
As part of its eleventh annual Fight Hunger campaign, Weis Markets and its associates raised $340,000 for more than 150 community hungerrelief organizations in the communities it serves.
“We are grateful to our customers for their generosity, and we’re proud of our associates for their commitment to fighting hunger,” said Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets’ vice president of advertising and marketing. “Food insecurity remains a challenge in the markets we serve. In some of our key markets, one in seven live in foodinsecure households, half of whom are children. We remain committed to fighting hunger year-round.”
The Weis Fight Hunger program, which ran from August 30 to October 3, allowed customers to donate using $1, $3, $5 or $10 vouchers or by rounding up at checkout to help food-insecure families in their communities. Customers also purchased and donated shelfstable items such as canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, apple sauce and soup.
Weis Markets Southern Tier New York district led the company with $57,532 raised, including $14,135 at its Front Street store and $9,215 at its store on Robinson Street in Binghamton, N.Y. These donations benefit Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW)/Broome County Council of Churches. In Northeast Pennsylvania, its Hawley store raised $7,943 for Blooming Grove Pantry in Hawley and its newly opened Randolph New Jersey store raised $6,681 for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
The campaign benefits local food banks and pantries throughout the company’s seven-state market area. Regional food banks, which 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, PA), The Maryland Food Bank, The Commission on Economic Opportunity/The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA), Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading, PA), Philabundance (Delaware Valley, PA), Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW)/Broome County Council of Churches (Binghamton, NY), Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY), Food Bank Network of Somerset County Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (VA), Food Bank of Delaware and Mountaineer Food Bank (West Virginia).