Lee’s Marketplace wrapped up its biggest annual food drive yet. Every year, the retailer collects donations for six weeks during November through December to support local food banks and pantries in its communities. This year, the grand total for the drive was $108,132.76. Throughout the two months, Lee’s customers raised $98,132.76, and Lee’s Marketplace donated $10,000 bringing the total over its $100,000 goal.
Throughout the holiday season, the food banks receive large amounts of needed donations that help local families during difficult times. Lee’s food drive is set up to fill in the gaps between these donations from the community. All of the money collected will be available to the food banks to order what they need from Lee’s grocery stores to restock their shelves. Throughout the year, both the food pantries and store management will work together to supply the food banks with specific items that match their needs. The retailer says all of the money raised from the food drive, as well as the Great American Milk drive that takes place each September, will benefit the communities long after the holidays are over.
Lee’s MarketPlace opened in 1981 when Lee and Shari Badger purchased Jack’s Foodtown in Smithfield, Utah. The family-owned grocery store offers shoppers a designer floral department, chef-inspired deli, scratch-bakery, full-service butcher and a pharmacy. It currently has five locations in Smithfield, Logan, North Ogden, Heber City and now Foxboro in North Salt Lake, Utah.