“The Food Bank for Westchester may literally be a lifesaver for many hard-pressed county residents,” said Mrs. Green’s Natural Market Vice-president of Marketing Jennifer MacLeod. “Mrs. Green’s Natural Market will provide support for this campaign in two ways: First, through a $10 gift bag that contains essential food supplies; next, through cash donations to Check Out Hunger at the register. Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is proud to partner with the Food Bank for Westchester in this campaign to fight hunger in Westchester County.”
Mrs. Green’s Natural Market will join retail partners A&P, Balducci’s, Fairway Market, Pathmark, and ShopRite in hosting Check-Out Hunger in their Westchester stores.
The proceeds from Check-Out Hunger donations will be used to fight hunger locally. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can acquire $4 worth of food to feed hungry Westchester residents. The Check-Out campaign store locations are:
A&P & Pathmark: November 18, 2012 – January 26, 2013: All Westchester stores
Fairway Market: November 5 – January 15: Pelham store
Mrs. Green’s Natural Market: November 17 – December 22: All Westchester stores
ShopRite: October 14 – December 29 – All Westchester stores
To make a donation, customers remove a $1, $3 or $5 slip from the Check-Out Hunger
display at the cash register and hand it to the clerk. Each slip has a bar code that scans in the amount to be added to the customer’s bill.
Because of the sluggish economy and the high cost of living in Westchester, the problem of hunger has gotten significantly worse in recent years. Last year, the Food Bank distributed over seven million pounds of food. But it was not enough to meet the rising demand. The Food Bank estimates that 200,000 county residents are hungry or at risk of hunger. Half of them are seniors; more than one-third are children under age 18.
The Food Bank moved to a larger facility in Elmsford in early 2012 to get more food out to more hungry people now and into the future.