Still time for shoppers to donate food purchases for needy families in East County
December 22, 2009 (San Diego's East County)--Record numbers of shoppers are bagging hunger this season to match record numbers of the needy, with help from Henry's Farmers Market's annual Grab 'n' Give holiday food drive, which runs until January 4, 2010. Henry's is on the way to top its 2008 donation amount of 7,000 pounds of food donations.
“We've already been able to deliver $10,000 worth of food through Henry's program,” stated Edward Stapleton, Facility/Pantry Manager of the Burbank Temporary Aide Center (BTAC). “It is one way that helps BTAC fulfill its mission of providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity.”
Gerry Wilson, Warehouse Operations Supervisor of the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Bank, in the Inland Empire, reported that the estimated amount of food received from just three Henry's markets to date has already been 13,050 pounds total. “We normally estimate about 15 pounds per person,” said Wilson, “so we can safely say that Henry's has donated enough food, so far, to serve 870 persons!”
“This is an especially important year for donations because of the increased need, which about tripled in the last couple of years,” says West Valley Food Pantry Director (and founding volunteer) Jeanne Bain. “We will have picked up close to 1000 bags to distribute to individual families by our 200 volunteers. The Henry's healthy snacks are 'a special treat' in addition to the basics included in our meals.”
Shoppers can participate in the drive at any of the 32 Henry's Farmers Market locations throughout Southern California, including La Mesa and Santee in East County.
Shoppers find pre-packaged Grab 'n' Give grocery bags priced at a 10% discount at a display near the checkout stands. The bags are filled with non-perishable healthy food basics (tuna, peanut butter, etc.) and snacks. After paying for them, along with their own groceries, customers simply drop off the bags at the donation bins located near the exits.