Shaw's Employees to Assemble 600 Vacation Boxes for Children in Need

  Shaw's Employees to Assemble 600 Vacation Boxes for Children in Need

    Vacation boxes will help to feed children during the winter holidays.

Business Wire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- November 28, 2012

Most children look forward with delight to winter vacation, but for those who
face empty cupboards at home, the holidays can be a frightening time. Vacation
means no school breakfast or lunch for children who depend on school meals for
an essential part of their daily nutrition.

Shaw’s Supermarkets and its associates have embarked on an ambitious plan to
help many of these children get through the winter break without going hungry.
On Thursday, November 29, Shaw’s will deliver a truckload of kid-friendly food
to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Then, on Tuesday, December 4, a team
of Shaw’s associates will arrive at the Food Bank to assemble 600 vacation
boxes, which will be distributed through the Food Bank’s network of emergency
food programs. Each box is designed to feed a child for one week and includes
healthy foods that require little or no preparation, such as cereal, macaroni
and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, fruit and grain bars, applesauce and
peaches.

“This innovative program will make a big difference in the lives of Rhode
Island children during winter break,” says Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive
Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “Shaw’s is a terrific partner
with the Food Bank. Both the company and its employees know what it means to
be good citizens. They put real muscle behind their philanthropic commitment.”

“Supporting the work the Rhode Island Food Bank does to fight hunger is
important to us at Shaw’s,” said Mike Stigers, president, Shaw’s.
“Unfortunately, the need for hunger relief remains a prevalent one. This need
takes on an added level of urgency when you realize the number of children
impacted. This program is a great way to provide food to children during the
winter break and we are happy to be able to help support it.”

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank currently serves more than 66,000 Rhode
Islanders every month through their statewide network of emergency food
programs. One in three of those served is a child under the age of 18. Food
insecurity – the lack of adequate food – affects 15.5% of Rhode Islanders,
more than any other state in New England.

The Shaw’s effort is part of the Food Bank’s Holiday Meal Drive, which runs
through December 31. The Food Bank hopes to collect an additional 350,000
pounds of food before the end of the year to meet the increased demand for
food assistance in Rhode Island.

                      Food and Funds Contribute to Goal

Donations of non-perishable food, as well as financial donations, will help
the Food Bank reach its Holiday Meal Drive goal. Every dollar raised enables
the Food Bank to acquire three pounds of nutritious food for Rhode Islanders
in need. Contributions can be made online at
www.rifoodbank.org/HolidayMealDrive or by sending a check to Rhode Island
Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907.

Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off every weekday between 7:30
a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Food Bank’s facility at 200 Niantic Avenue in
Providence. Most needed items include: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned
fruits and vegetables, dried or canned beans, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal,
and canned soups, stews or chili.

For more information, visit www.rifoodbank.org.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a non-profit organization located in
Providence, RI. The Food Bank solicits, stores and distributes food products
donated by supermarkets, wholesalers, food processors, local farmers and
community food drives. The food is then distributed to the Food Bank’s
statewide network of 178 member agency programs at 238 sites. In the past
fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 9.75 million pounds of food. For more
information about the Food Bank, please visit www.rifoodbank.org.

About Shaw’s Supermarkets
Shaw’s, Osco and Star Market are part of the nationwide SUPERVALU® INC. (NYSE:
SVU) family of grocery stores. Shaw’s is one of the oldest continuously
operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860.
Throughout five New England states, there are 169 store locations employing
approximately 17,000 associates. For more details on Shaw’s Supermarkets,
visit www.shaws.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shaws.

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Contact:

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Cindy Elder, 401-230-1674
Cell: 508-733-2443
celder@rifoodbank.org
or
For Shaw’s Supermarkets
Steve Sylven
Cell: 508-269-7379
steve.sylven@supervalu.com
 
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