Donation is part of $107,000 raised to fight hunger in Vermont
Hannaford Supermarkets donated approximately $5,000 in food to the Vermont Foodbank on March 13th as part of a hunger-relief campaign that produced more than $1 million in product and cash donations across five Northeast states, including $107,000 in Vermont.
Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger took place in December and included a you-buy-one, we-give-one component; Hannaford pledged to donate identical products when customers purchased specific shelf-stable items. The food donated Thursday included 109 cases of pasta, 88 cases of sauce, 146 cases of vegetables and 83 cases of cereal.
”Hannaford’s loyal partnership in the mission of ensuring no one in Vermont goes hungry is invaluable to the Vermont Foodbank and our communities,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “For years, Hannaford and their customers have been providing food and funds to make our communities stronger and better fed, and we are so grateful.”
The annual anti-hunger campaign also invited customers to purchase Helping Hands boxes of the food items that local pantries need most for $10, for donation to the local pantry, or contribute money at the register. Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger generated $1,025,500 in product and cash donations in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York in 2104.
“Our customers showed their generosity once again through Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “At Hannaford, we believe that all Vermont residents can and should have access to the nutritious food they need. We are proud to partner with our customers in helping feed many of our neighbors who are struggling financially.”
In addition to this annual campaign, Hannaford donated 9.7 million pounds of food to local pantries and regional food banks last year. This total includes 2.2 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables; 629,000 pounds of meat and seafood; and 1.66 million pounds of bread, tortillas and other bakery items.
Thank you, Hannaford!