Tur­keys do­nated to area food banks

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Donna Rovins [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

Gi­ant Food stores re­cently do­nated 9,500 hol­i­day tur­keys to food banks across the re­gion — con­tin­u­ing an an­nual tra­di­tion of help­ing those in need.

This year, the com­pany do­nated the high­est num­ber of tur­keys to date, sur­pass­ing its 2017 do­na­tion by about 2,500 tur­keys, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

“Through­out our 95-year his­tory, Gi­ant has been a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of the fight against hunger, and ev­ery day we are in­spired by the ded­i­ca­tion and com­pas­sion our food bank part­ners dis­play in this on­go­ing fight,” Ni­cholas Ber­tram, pres­i­dent, Gi­ant Food Stores, said in a press re­lease. “We are hon­ored to part­ner with them and do our part to help en­sure all fam­i­lies are able to gather around the ta­ble to en­joy a warm hol­i­day meal.”

In ad­di­tion to the one­day turkey do­na­tion de­liv­ery Nov. 1, more than 200 Gi­ant and Mar­tin’s Food Mar­kets as­so­ci­ates spent the morn­ing vol­un­teer­ing at the food banks — or­ga­niz­ing and re­stock­ing shelves in ad­vance of the hol­i­day sea­son.

The 2018 turkey do­na­tion comes as the com­pany con­tin­ues its year-long 95th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, cen­tered on giv­ing back to its com­mu­nity part­ners.

“The com­pany does it be­cause it’s the right thing to do — to make sure ev­ery­one has a healthy hol­i­day meal to share with loved ones,” said Ash­ley Flower, Gi­ant Food Stores ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager, adding that in 2017, about 7,000 tur­keys were do­nated.

A to­tal of 20 food banks across Gi­ant’s foot­print re­ceived turkey do­na­tions, in­clud­ing five food banks in this re­gion. They are:

Manna on Main Street, Lans­dale; West Ch­ester Food Cup­board, West Ch­ester; Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vice of Delaware County; Greater Berks Food Bank, Spring Twp.; and Phi­l­abun­dance, Philadel­phia.

Gi­ant cus­tomers have the op­por­tu­nity to join the ef­fort by do­nat­ing their free turkey cer­tifi­cate — earned by shop­ping with their BonusCard — to a lo­cal re­gional food bank. Through Nov. 22, cus­tomers can donate their cer­tifi­cates at any one of the com­pany’s 171 stores.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Gi­ant Food stores have do­nated 9,500 tur­keys to 20 food banks across the su­per­mar­ket chain’s foot­print. Among the area food banks re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions was the West Ch­ester Food Cup­board. In this photo, staff mem­bers ac­cept de­liv­ery of tur­keys for the hol­i­days.

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