Rite Aid donates more than 14,000 lbs. to Atlanta food bank

CAMP HILL, Pa. The Rite Aid Health & Beauty Expo held at the Cobb Galleria Centre June 7-8 netted a total of 14,526 pounds of food donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the retailer reported Wednesday.

“Atlanta has given our Rite Aid drug stores a warm welcome,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Part of our mission is to help our valued customers lead healthier, happier lives. We had over 40,000 residents visiting the Rite Aid Health & Beauty Expo, and many of those took advantage of the free health screenings. To have the community give so generously to the food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank is especially heartwarming.”

“We are thrilled with the donations collected at the Rite Aid Health & Beauty Expo,” commented Bill Bolling, executive director and founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “The total of 14,526 pounds donated equates to 9,684 meals for families and individuals in need. Most of the food we distribute is from donations, so this donation certainly will go a long way to help the agencies that are working with us to provide food to the increased number of people needing assistance.”

Rite Aid increased its presence in the state of Georgia last year with its acquisition of 188 former Eckerd stores and a distribution center in Atlanta. Rite Aid operates 161 stores in the Atlanta metro area.

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