HILLSIDE – This holiday season, New Jersey shoppers are being asked to help Check-Out Hunger by donating to New Jersey Federation of Food Banks when they check out at the grocery store.
The 20-year-old program raised a record high $1.3 million last year in New Jersey, and over $3 million throughout the northeast. For the fifth consecutive year, Princeton-based electricity provider NRG Energy Inc. is the statewide sponsor for the campaign.
Throughout the holiday season, every A&P, Fairway of Paramus, Food Basics, Foodtown, Genuardi’s, Kings, McCaffrey’s, Pathmark, ShopRite, Super Fresh, Wawa, and Wegmans will have $1, $2, $3 and $5 donation slips on “Check-Out Hunger” placards in the cashier aisle that shoppers can use to make donations to provide food assistance to thousands of people in need.
“Over the past year, the number of people in New Jersey relying on food stamps increased by more than 26%, the fourth largest increase in the country,” said David Crane, NRG energy’s president and chief executive officer. “This is a daunting statistic but it’s one that can be improved if we all pitch in, whether it’s time or money, to help those in our community who are less fortunate–not just during the holiday season but throughout the year.”
“In all my years of food banking, I have never seen a time like this when so many are in need,” said Kathleen DiChiara, pesident and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “We are coming off of a record year, having distributed 35 million pounds of food and groceries. And still it is not enough, the need continues to rise.”
Thanks to the generosity of the participating supermarkets and the corporate sponsorship of NRG Energy, 100% of every donation made to “Check-Out Hunger” goes directly to New Jersey’s Feeding America food banks. Donations go toward helping emergency pantries, senior meal programs, shelters, low-income day care centers and soup kitchens meet the growing need of New Jersey’s neediest residents. Together, these charities serve nearly one million low-income people each year, many of them children and the frail elderly.
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