Price Rite Marketplace partnered with Feed the Children to host nine anti-hunger events in 2023 as part of its annual “Feeding Minds & Bodies” campaign.
The program distributed about 360,000 pounds of food and essentials valued at almost $2 million to more than 22,000 people in communities where Price Rite Marketplace stores operate.
The events were held in cities across the Northeast from June through November and benefited families who struggle with food insecurity. Each family, pre-identified by local community partners, received a 25-pound box of food, a 15-pound box of essentials and personal-care items and additional shelf-stable items provided by Price Rite Marketplace.
Another 2,000 children were also provided with backpacks filled with school supplies to help them with the start of the school year.
“We take pride in supporting the communities our Price Rite Marketplace stores serve,” said Kevin McDonnell, president of Price Rite Marketplace.
“Thank you to Feed the Children and all our corporate and local partners who helped us provide fresh food and essentials to families across the Northeast this season.”
State and local elected officials showed their support at the events, speaking at opening ceremonies and helping distribute food. Local community partners, Price Rite Marketplace employees and Feed the Children representatives also volunteered to run each event.
“Feed the Children is grateful to work alongside Price Rite Marketplace. A widespread issue like childhood hunger will only be solved when enough people work together,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “We are proud of our collaboration to serve over 5,000 families with much needed supplies this year.”
Cities that hosted “Feeding Minds & Bodies” events in 2023 were:
- Woonsocket, Rhode Island;
- Chicopee, Massachusetts;
- New Britian, Connecticut;
- Scranton, Pennsylvania;
- Syracuse, New York;
- Chelsea, Massachusetts;
- Buffalo, New York;
- Rochester, New York; and
- Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Corporate and local partners that helped make these events possible include Conagra Brands, PepsiCo, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Frito-Lay, Kraft Foods, the Salvation Army Chelsea/East Boston Corps, Butterball, Mondelēz International, Hormel Foods, Goya Foods and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Chicopee, New Britian, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Northern Rhode Island, Rochester, Syracuse and the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.
Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children created an initiative called “Feeding Minds & Bodies,” which is designed to bring attention to and fight childhood hunger. The two partners help children and their families by providing food, personal care items and school supplies throughout the year.
Since partnering with Feed the Children, Price Rite Marketplace has contributed more than four million pounds of food, totaling more than $13.5 million in gift-in-kind donations, providing support through 66 community events helping more than 207,000 people across the Northeast.
About Price Rite Marketplace
Price Rite Marketplace is a trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, New Jersey. The grocer opened its first store in 1995 under the name Price Rite Supermarkets and operates more than 60 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maryland.
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