A press release from Connecticut Food Bank:
Thursday, May 05, 2011
East Haven, CT – ShopRite shoppers who added $1, $3 or even $5 to their grocery bill at the checkout aisle last holiday season are to thank for a $84,331 donation made to Connecticut Food Bank this week. The national Check Out Hunger campaign ran in ShopRite and PriceRight grocery stores from October through December 2010, with 100 percent of funds earmarked for local hunger-relief organizations. The annual campaign reached a record-breaking $632,086 across the country.
Connecticut's Milford, Hamden and West Haven ShopRite stores are among those with the highest amounts collected nationally. The Milford ShopRite outperformed all stores, collecting more than $20,000 for Connecticut Food Bank. Hamden and West Haven stores were in the top five fund-raising stores, collecting more than $10,000 each.
"The staffs of all our stores and our generous customers understand the importance of supporting Connecticut Food Bank and the increased need for food assistance in our areas," said Harry Garafalo, owner of the three top-performing ShopRite stores. "We are glad we could do our part in making Check Out Hunger a success at ShopRite."
"We continue to be amazed by the overwhelming generosity of ShopRite associates and customers during these challenging times," said Connecticut Food Bank's President and CEO Nancy L. Carrington. "Through their support, we can continue the fight to alleviate hunger for the thousands of families in Connecticut who struggle to keep food on the table each and every day."
"We are proud to stand beside you and your team in the fight against hunger," said Christine Magyarits, ShopRite Partners in Caring Spokesperson.
For every dollar donated to Connecticut Food Bank, the organization can distribute $5 worth of food at wholesale value.
Connecticut Food Bank serves approximately 600 local emergency food assistance programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank distributes 30 tons of food every business day.