SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Tuesday donated $100,000 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank during a check presentation at the company’s Camp Hill, Pa., store. The $100,000 donation is a result of the Weis Markets’ 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 warehouse in Harrisburg, Pa., and its second location in Williamsport, Pa., Combined, these warehouses serve 27 counties throughout central Pennsylvania.
“We believe wholeheartedly in giving back to our communities and fighting hunger locally,” stated Kurt Schertle, EVP Weis. “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.”
Weis Markets is a long-time, core partner of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s mission to fight hunger in the region, the nonprofit noted. “Over the years, Weis Markets has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and extraordinary amounts of food, as well as provided discounted food purchases, public relations outreach and other help," said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. "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% 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 164 Weis locations.