In what is supposed to be a season of hope and joy, the number of families in need seems to be growing. True to form, the retailers in the Philadelphia area did their part over the Thanksgiving holiday and continue to do so as the Christmas season gets into full swing.
Partnering with the Greater Media’s Philadelphia Radio Group first day of their “Campout for Hunger” campaign, Acme Markets donated more than 121,840 pounds of food during the Thanksgiving holiday. That was five times more than last year’s total! During the annual Channel 6ABC Food Drive, Acme president Jim Perkins said, “For over 120 years, Acme has been a part of the community. We enjoy doing lots of things for the community especially during the holidays.” In the past four months, Acme has given more than 4 million pounds of food to Philabundance. Wow!
Brown’s Super Stores, in the Philadelphia area, once again partnered with the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), as well as State Representative Cherelle Parker, State Representative Dwight Evans, State Representative Curtis Thomas, City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, to coordinate a tremendous Thanksgiving basket distribution this year. In conjunction with sponsors Pepsi, Glory Foods and The Neighborhood Bakery, which supplied many of the items in this year’s baskets, this partnership fed more than 6,000 individuals citywide and gave them a meal to remember this Thanksgiving. Community partners from across the city distributed the Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. A team of 50 to 75 volunteers assembled at the ShopRite of Oregon Avenue on November 23 to prepare the baskets for distribution. Volunteers from all of the partners involved were on hand to help with the packing of the baskets where the baskets were distributed to the local community groups.
Retailers aren’t the only ones involved in feeding the needy. Goya Foods, the largest, Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, donated 40,000 pounds of food to City Harvest’s annual food drive, the largest food drive in New York City. With the alarming statistics that more than one million New Yorkers will go hungry this holiday season, Goya Foods joined City Harvest in leading efforts to ensure that thousands of individuals and families were cared for and provided with much-needed food during the Thanksgiving holiday season. The donation was part of the Goya Gives campaign, a series of annual donations initiated in 2011 by Goya in honor of its 75th anniversary that serves to encourage others to participate in the message of helping those in need. “For some people the holiday season is a difficult time, and we are grateful for organizations like City Harvest that provide the necessary tools and resources to facilitate food donations,” says Rafael Toro, director of public relations at Goya Foods. “Through our Goya Gives campaign, we have donated over four million pounds of food since the initiation during times of need and in aid to those impacted by natural disasters both at home and abroad, and we will continue to do so each year.” Please share with us your story of how your company is helping to stomp out hunger in the USA.