Weis Mar­kets raises $340,000 for lo­cal hunger or­ga­ni­za­tions

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - From Kate Wolper

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).

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