KEASBEY, NJ (Dec. 2, 2021)
– Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children teamed up to host eight anti-hunger events in 2021 as part of their annual Feeding Minds & Bodies campaign that distributes food and essentials to families in communities where Price Rite Marketplace stores operate. As a result of their efforts, $1.4 million worth of food and essentials were provided to more than 22,000 individuals.
The events were held in cities across the Northeast from May through October and benefited families who suffer from food insecurity. Each participating family, which was pre-identified by a local community partner, received a 25-pound box of food; 15-pound box of essentials that included shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and personal-care items; and additional shelf-stable items provided by Price Rite Marketplace. In select events, families were also provided with backpacks filled with school supplies to help children with the start of the school year.
“Supporting the communities Price Rite Marketplace serves is something we take great pride in,” said Jim Dorey, president of Price Rite Marketplace. “Especially after a year of so much uncertainty, we are grateful for partners like Feed the Children, the local community organizations and our generous vendors who help make these events impactful and successful.”
State and local elected officials showed their support at the events, speaking at opening ceremonies and helping distribute food to families. Local community partners, Price Rite Marketplace associates and Feed the Children representatives also volunteered to run each event.
Kicking off the campaign in Syracuse on May 27, Mayor Ben Walsh proclaimed the date “Food Insecurity Day” in the city as 800 families received food and essentials. In Hartford, CT, Governor Ned Lamont joined volunteers at the event in the wake of Hurricane Henri to provide food and support to families affected. In Pawtucket, RI, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos spoke about the importance of coming together to support our neighbors.
“Feed the Children is proud to work alongside Price Rite Marketplace to ensure much-needed supplies of food and essentials get into the hands of families during this hunger crisis,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “When we work together, we can help even more children and families.”
Cities hosting Feeding Minds & Bodies events in 2021 were:
- Syracuse and Buffalo, NY
- Worcester and Springfield, MA
- Hartford, CT
- Bethlehem, PA
- Pawtucket, RI
- Rosedale, MD
Corporate and local partners who helped make these events possible include: Alexander & Horning, Butterball, Café Llave, Conagra Foods, Frito-Lay, Goya, Hormel, Kraft Foods, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Smithfield Foods, Angel of Edgewood, Central Community Branch YMCA, The Elisha Project, Everlasting Life Ministries, Jubilee Homes of Syracuse Inc., Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Revival Time Evangelistic Center and The Salvation Army of Central Maryland.
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 children and their families by providing food, personal care items and school supplies throughout the year.
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.
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 over 59 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Maryland. 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.priceritemarketplace.com
About Feed the Children
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in eight countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships. Every dollar given goes seven times as far to provide food, hope, dignity and comfort. Visit feedthechildren.org
for more information.