Price Rite Marketplace teamed up with anti-hunger organization Feed the Children and event partners Tyson Foods, Hormel Foods and Jubilee Homes of Syracuse to distribute food, school supplies and essentials to 400 local families on Thursday, September 15. The community event was part of the supermarket retailer’s 2022 Feeding Minds & Bodies Campaign, in partnership with Feed the Children, which helps support food-insecure families in the communities where Price Rite Marketplace stores operate.
Each family, pre-identified by Jubilee Homes, received a 25-pound box of food; a 15-pound box of essentials including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal care items; a backpack full of school supplies and additional shelf-stable items.
“Our Feeding Minds & Bodies program is one of the many ways Price Rite is committed to serving the communities in which our stores operate,” said Kevin McDonnell, president of Price Rite Marketplace. “Thanks to partners like Feed the Children we are able to provide critical fresh food and essentials to families in eight cities this season.”
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 called Feeding Minds & Bodies, which is designed to help bring attention to and fight the serious issue of childhood hunger. Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children help families by providing food, personal care items and school supplies throughout the year. With one in six U.S. children living in a food insecure household, hunger remains a serious issue in many communities, especially during summer months.
“Hunger and food insecurity are often invisible,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “We rarely know what someone else is going through, which is why we need to take care of our neighbors. Feed the Children is thankful for the support from Price Rite Marketplace and our community partners as we tackle the important issue of childhood hunger.”
Since partnering with Feed the Children, Price Rite Marketplace has contributed nearly three million pounds of food, totaling more than $10 million in gift-in-kind donations, helping more than 165,000 people in 49 cities.