Be a Good Neighbor. Help fight hunger in our communities.
The effects of the downturn in our economy are being felt in west central and northwest Ohio, where the number of families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise. In response to this critical need, Chief Supermarket is sponsoring Good Neighbor Day at all store locations on Tuesday, April 22.
This is the sixth annual Good Neighbor Day at Chief. More than $190,000 has been donated to local food pantries since 2009.
On April 22, Chief will donate a percentage of sales to support local food pantries. Customers can also choose to donate $1, $3 or $5 when they check out at the register. Suggested non- perishable food items will be displayed just before the registers for customers who would like to purchase and donate food directly to the pantries.
Additionally, local food pantry volunteers will be manning the popular Chief Buck-A-Brat on April 22 from 4-6 p.m. Proceeds from the Buck- A-Brat will be donated to the pantries.
According to Annette Hoeffel, Chief Supermarkets’ director of marketing, hunger is a growing problem for many families in every community.
“Part of being a community is looking out for each other and helping where you can. As a family-owned, local company, Chief is helping our neighbors by making sure they have enough of the right kind of food to eat every day. No one should have to feel the pain of hunger. Together we can make a difference in our neighborhoods.”
National statistics show:
• 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
• Households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children; More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger.
• 14.5% of US households struggle to put enough food on the table.
Funds donated will allow local food pantries to purchase staple food items, including produce, meat and frozen foods, at greatly reduced prices from the West Ohio Food Bank, which serves more than 200 programs in 11 counties throughout West Central Ohio. Each dollar donation to West Ohio Food Bank will provide 25 pounds of food that will make 19 meals, enough to feed two people for three days. Selected local food pantries that are not part of the West Ohio Food Bank group will also benefit directly from the donated funds.