The Vermont Foodbank received the proceeds from Price Chopper’s 2014 Check Out Hunger campaign, which included a donation of $4,894 and 4,788 pounds of food.
Price Chopper raised more than $47,000 and more than 29 tons of food for 14 local food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
“We are grateful to Price Chopper and their loyal customers for supporting the Vermont Foodbank during the Check Out Hunger Campaign,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “One in four of our neighbors turns to the Vermont Foodbank for support each year, 34,000 of whom are children under the age of 18. This donation of food and funds will be put to work ensuring that no one in Vermont goes hungry.”
From mid-November to mid-December, Check Out Hunger gave shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.
“Our annual Check Out Hunger campaign helps to raise funds, food and awareness that hunger is a year-round issue for so many in our communities. Traditionally, the start of the year is a tough time for food pantries that worked so hard to provide for those in need throughout the holiday season. We appreciate and acknowledge our teammates and customers who continue to generously answer the call to contribute and help their neighbors,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services.
Check Out Hunger is an annual giving program and was available at all 135 Price Choppers throughout the chain’s six state footprint (CT, MA, NH, PA and VT.) Other area food banks/pantries that received donations included the H&J Weinberg Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre, PA), Connecticut Food Bank (East Haven, CT), Food Bank of Central New York (Syracuse, NY), The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Cornwall on Hudson, NY), Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY), Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA), Foodshare (Bloomfield, CT), Hopkinton Food Pantry (Hopkinton, MA), Marlborough Community Cupboard (Marlborough, MA), New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH), Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (Latham, NY), Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA (Allentown, PA), and Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA.)
About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 45% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com.