Grocers and suppliers based in the Northeast are collecting donations and finding other means to support the fight against COVID-19. Following is the latest news.
The Giant Co.’s customers raise more than $1M
The Giant Company is lauding its customers for raising more than $1 million to support local hunger relief efforts in March. Customers donated the funds during the Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based company’s signature Bag Hunger Campaign and by rounding up the dollar amount on purchases at self-checkout last month.
“Right now, food banks and pantries across the country are working around the clock to serve an increased number of families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need is great,” said John Ponnett, SVP of retail operations. “These funds could not come at a more critical time, and on behalf of our more than 100 hunger relief partners and the entire Giant Company, I thank our customers for their incredible generosity.”
According to Feeding America each dollar raised helps provide at least 10 meals, meaning that the funds raised by customers will fund more than 10 million meals. Funds raised during the campaign go to more than 100 hunger-relief partners, including food pantries across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Major recipient food banks include Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, York County Food Bank, Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank, State College Food Bank, ProJeCt of Easton, Maryland Food Bank, and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Since 2008, Giant’s Bag Hunger fundraising campaigns have raised more than $12.7 million.
“Giant customers care about their community. Customer contributions to Bag Hunger will make an impact in the lives of many families in need. We are very grateful to everyone at The Giant Company for their support, which allows us to continue to provide food to more than 60,000 people each month,” said Briana McGonagle, development manager, Second Harvest Food Bank.
In addition, this week The Giant Company will also donate 3,000 hams to its partner food banks to help feed those in need. The holiday donation, which is an annual tradition for the company and its team members, will benefit the following food banks:
- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Verona, Virginia.
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
- Chester County Food Bank, Exton, Pennsylvania.
- Family & Community Services of Delaware County, Media, Pennsylvania.
- Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank, Reading, Pennsylvania.
- Lancaster County Food Hub, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- Manna on Main Street, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
- Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch, Hagerstown, Maryland.
- Nehemiah Food Bank, Altoona, Pennsylvania.
- Philabundance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.
- Second Harvest Food Bank, Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
- York County Food Bank, York, Pennsylvania.
N.J. Gov. Murphy salutes grocery store workers as ‘mission critical’
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has produced a video to express his appreciation to grocery store workers who he considers “a vital part of our front-line emergency response team.”
Murphy acknowledged the hard work and long hours of everyone working in grocery stores, from the employees on the loading docks to those who are stocking shelves. He also recognized the cashiers and the workers who bring the groceries out to the car for seniors who need the extra help.
“I know this time can be hard on you professionally and personally,” Murphy said in the 75-second video, adding that he is doing his best to ensure workplace safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. “You are not far from my mind.”
The governor noted that he may be considered the face of New Jersey, but to countless residents, grocery store workers are “mission critical,” a key to getting the state through this emergency. “I can’t thank you enough,” Murphy said, urging workers to remain dedicated to the job for the difficult weeks ahead.
Linda Doherty, president and CEO of the New Jersey Food Council, expressed appreciation to the governor for producing this inspiring message for an industry that collectively generates more than 1 million jobs to feed the people of the state.
“We are thankful Gov. Murphy has taken this special opportunity to acknowledge the vital role of the grocery worker in our lifeline industry,” she said. “It is so critical at this moment for our dedicated workforce to know they are appreciated for their tireless efforts to keep this lifeline open for New Jersey residents. We hope New Jersey consumers follow the Governor’s lead and thank our grocery store workers, truckers, stockers and cashiers.”
Modelo commits funds to support healthcare workers during pandemic
Modelo is partnering with #FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global, and the CAA Foundation to support U.S. healthcare workers battling against COVID-19. Modelo’s commitment includes a $500,000 donation to the initiative to provide essential supplies, equipment, and resources to protect healthcare workers on the frontlines.
Additionally, Modelo will redirect marketing resources to help raise awareness of #FirstRespondersFirst via a national television advertising campaign airing this spring.
#FirstRespondersFirst is a fund administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity that meets all 20 BBB Charity Standards. The initiative’s goal is to provide first responder healthcare workers with physical and psychological resources they desperately need as they serve on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Modelo has a tradition of honoring America’s fighting spirit, and right now no group is more deserving of support than healthcare workers who are tirelessly combating COVID-19,” said Greg Gallagher, VP, Modelo Brand Marketing. “We’re humbled to partner with #FirstRespondersFirst to help these frontline fighters obtain the critical protective equipment and resources they need to keep themselves and our communities safe.”
Modelo’s donation to #FirstRespondersFirst is part of a broader COVID-19 relief effort by parent-company Constellation Brands.
TransAct offers technology tools free during COVID-19 pandemic
TransAct Technologies Inc., a Hamden, Connecticut-based specialist in software-driven technology and printing solutions for high-growth markets, is offering its BOHA! Checklist and Timer tools free to restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
BOHA! is the first single-vendor solution combining apps to streamline and improve restaurant operations in one fully integrated platform. The Checklist and Timer tools specifically help restaurant employees adhere to stringent cleaning and cooking processes in this time of heightened caution, and reduced labor force.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to the restaurant industry, and it’s important that we all band together to support one another during such unprecedented times,” said Bart Shuldman chairman and CEO of TransAct. “Our Checklist and Timer apps offer a simple and reliable way for staff to adhere to necessary tasks regarding food safety and productivity throughout a shift. Today, these solutions empower operators to manage the procedural changes that have taken effect as a result of COVID-19 and we are proud to provide these tools to restaurants free of charge during this time. We hope that in doing so, restaurant employees feel our support and can perform effectively and efficiently as new guidelines are put in place.”
The BOHA! Checklist app automates daily food safety and operational task management as well as regular maintenance and audit procedures. The Checklist gives employees a complete method to view, perform and record tasks increasing accountability and overall workflow.