September 14th truck convoy kicks off annual delivery of 10.4 million meals to 19 Food Banks and pantries throughout Northeast
Barre, VT, September 14th, 2017 – Ocean State Job Lot, a 127-store discount retail chain headquartered in North Kingstown, R.I. and now in its 40th anniversary year, announces the 2017 Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation’s “Three Square Meals” hunger relief program throughout the Northeast. Three Square Meals is the single largest food assistance program of its kind in the region.
The program will distribute more than 200 tractor trailer loads of food throughout the year to 19 food banks and pantries which, in turn, distribute to thousands of soup kitchens and meal sites across six New England states, and New York and New Jersey, including: Rhode Island Community Food Bank (Providence, RI), Connecticut Food Bank (Wallingford, CT), Foodshare (Bloomfield, CT), Gather (Portsmouth, NH), New Horizons For New Horizons, Inc., (Manchester, NH), Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc., (Nashua, NH), Society of St. Vincent DePaul (Exeter, NH), New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH), Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY), Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA), Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA), Good Shepherd Food Bank (Auburn, ME), Vermont Foodbank (Barre, VT), Boston Medical Center Food Pantry (Boston, MA), Greater Boston Food Bank (Boston), Long Island Cares (Hauppauge, NY), NORWESCAP (Phillipsburg, NJ), Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean (Neptune City, NJ), Community Food Bank of New Jersey (Hillside, NJ), and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (Latham, NY).
On Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., the first delivery of food for this year’s program was made via convoy of 22+ tractor trailer trucks each loaded with approximately 35,000 pounds of nutritious, shelf-stable food, marking the initial installment of a total 8 million pounds of food delivered throughout 2017-18. This is the equivalent of 10.4 million meals.
Funds for Three Square Meals are raised between November and December through a combination of in-store customer donations at the register, contributions from the business community, and matching funds from the Job Lot Charitable Foundation. Job Lot then leverages its wholesale buying power and retailing expertise to purchase food at significant value. It also donates the cost of operational support, including delivery, insurance, warehousing, fuel, labor and other expenses to ensure that 100% of every dollar raised goes to the plate to help families and individuals in need. Food items to be distributed include pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, ca