Last week I was approached by a PR agency to see if I wanted to write about “Blog It Forward To Fight Hunger.”
How could I EVER say no?
I live in New York where one of the bigger grocery stores is ShopRite. What I didn’t know was that ShopRite donates $2 Million dollars annually to help local food banks in my area. To date, they have donated $20 Million dollars.
Did you know that a $1 donation can purchase 10 pounds of food from a food bank?
That is A LOT of food.
In 1999, ShopRite conceived and began its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year- round, community based hunger fighting initiative. With the help of more than 50 manufacturers, the program is COMMITTED to helping to feed and meet the nutritional needs of families and the elderly who may otherwise go without.
When I was reading the paperwork they sent me, I was SHOCKED to learn that more than 36 million Americans go to bed hungry EVERY NIGHT.
Sadly, 12 million of them are children.
Nearly 2 Million seniors suffer from food insecurity (unsure when or what their next meal will be)
Unfortunately, we are currently living in a economy where 9.7% of people are unemployed- and more than 36 Millions Americans (11% of U.S households) suffer from food insecurity.
More than ever, food banks need our help.
Today, the ShopRite Partners In Caring program supports 23 regional food banks and more than 1,400 charitable agencies with food or meal components.
This includes (but is not limited to):
- Emergency Food Pantries
- Soup Kitchens
- Homeless Shelters
- Child Care Centers
- Battered Women’s Shelters
- Senior Programs
- Drug Rehab Centers
- Programs for the mentally & physically disabled
- After School Programs
The truth is, they just want to get the word out there and bring the issue to light.
Now here is where YOU CAN HELP (don’t worry- no solicitations)
For every comment you leave (the first 30), General Mills & ShopRite will donate 1 box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area.
All you need to do to help is leave a comment.