Weis Markets has donated $100,000 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, part of the grocer's 2012 Fight Hunger campaign, an annual program that runs during Hunger Action Month in September.
The donation will be divided between the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s locations in Harrisburg and Williamsport. Combined, these warehouses serve 27 counties throughout central Pennsylvania.
“We believe whole heartedly in giving back to our communities and fighting hunger locally,” said Kurt Schertle, EVP for sales and merchandising at Weis Markets. “Food insecurity is a prevalent issue in our country, and anything we can do to alleviate these burdens for our neighbors is an honor. With this donation, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will be able to provide as many as 600,000 meals to help fight hunger here in our own state.”
Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, said Weis Markets is a long-time core partner of the food bank’s mission to fight hunger in the region. “Over the years, Weis Markets has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and more than 2 million pounds of food. This donation represents 3.1 million meals provided to individuals in our area who are struggling with hunger," he said. "In addition to food and monetary donations, Weis also assists us with discounted food purchases, public relations outreach and other help. We are grateful for our friends at Weis Markets for providing much needed support to central Pennsylvania neighbors in need.”
Since 2008, Weis Markets’ Fight Hunger campaign has offered customers the opportunity to donate to local food banks and emergency food providers. Customers also have the option of donating $3, $5 and $10 vouchers, which are purchased at any Weis Markets’ cash register, and 100 percent of the proceeds are given to area food banks in the form of gift card donations to fill in any gaps in their food supplies.
The sixth annual Fight Hunger program will run throughout the month of September at all Weis locations.
Founded in 1912, Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets Inc. operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.