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Stater Bros. extends Harvesting Hope in our Community campaign

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A regional supermarket chain is extending its charitable holiday campaign to help feed more than 165,000 people in need this Thanksgiving.

Stater Bros. Markets said it is assisting nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry by making a substantial contribution towards the purchase of turkeys. These organizations are located throughout the communities served by Stater Bros., which include San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Kern Counties. The turkey program is part of the retailer’s annual Harvesting Hope in our Community campaign, which provides food and funding throughout the months of November and December to assist with hunger relief efforts in the communities where Stater Bros. customers and employees live and work.

"The Stater Bros. supermarket family believes strongly in giving back to the communities we serve because we just don’t do business in a community, we are part of the community," stated Jack Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. "This year the need is greater than ever, and we are glad to provide assistance so that many more families may have a joyous Thanksgiving."

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This compared with $6.8 million in third quarter 2009, according to the magazine.

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