HARRISBURG, PA (July 19, 2018)
– Price Rite Marketplace kicked off the fourth year of its partnership with anti-hunger organization Feed the Children, also working alongside event partner, Conagra, and local partner, The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region
, to distribute food and essentials to families in Harrisburg on July 19. This community event at Price Rite Marketplace of Harrisburg, located at 3812 Union Deposit Road, will serve approximately 800 families.
Each family, pre-identified based on need by The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, received a 25-pound box of food; a 15-pound box of essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; a 5-pound box of assorted Avon products; additional products such as fresh produce and shelf-stable items provided by Price Rite Marketplace; and children’s books for summer reading. Jim Dorey, president of Price Rite Marketplace, was onsite to welcome families and thank every volunteer that helped make the event possible.
“Our team is passionate about fighting hunger and helping people in need, and we are honored to partner with Feed the Children once again to help combat food insecurity,” said Dorey. “Supporting the local communities we serve is a top priority for us, and we are proud of our team’s continued commitment to helping those in need.”
Fighting hunger is at the heart of Price Rite Marketplace’s charitable giving and, paired with Feed the Children’s vision to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry, the two created an initiative, Price Rite: Feeding Minds & Bodies
, to help fight the serious issue of childhood hunger. Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children will host eight events in 2018 to tackle seasonal issues such as lack of food during the summer months, back-to-school, and holiday hunger.
The event for the Harrisburg community served as the official launch to celebrate the renewed partnership and efforts to collaboratively combat child hunger. With a focus on summer hunger in July, the aim was to provide healthy items for children and to bring attention to the reality that hunger doesn’t take a vacation. In fact, summer is often a season of hunger for the more than 14 million children nationwide who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs. When school is out, many of these kids are left without a reliable source for their daily meals.
“More than 31 percent of the Harrisburg population lives in poverty. Today, we are not only providing food and essentials to these families—but also hope,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “Hope for a better future that is made possible thanks to our partners at Price Rite who play a vital role in helping us to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”
Since the beginning of its partnership with Feed the Children, Price Rite Marketplace has contributed more than 1.1 million pounds of food, totaling approximately $6 million in gift-in-kind donations.
About Price Rite Marketplace
Price Rite Marketplace is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite Marketplace opened its first store in 1995 under the name Price Rite Supermarkets, and currently operates 65 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia. Committed to providing the best value for customers, Price Rite Marketplace delivers a simplified shopping experience with top name brand foods and products and expanded fresh produce and organic offerings at exceptional prices. Price Rite Marketplace is also dedicated to fighting hunger through its annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnerships with Feed the Children and local food banks. For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
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