Check Out Hunger, a supermarket point-of-purchase donation program hosted in several local supermarket chains across Nassau and Suffolk counties, raised $94,500 for Long Island Cares, Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank during the last three months of 2011.
Check Out Hunger is a unique partnership between Long Island Cares, Inc., area supermarkets and the shopping community. Shoppers simply tear-off a $1.00, $3.00 or $5.00 donation coupon when checking out, which is scanned like any other purchase and the amount is added to the bill.
One hundred percent of the scanned coupon donations are then passed on to Long Island’s regional food bank through the participating supermarkets.
Paule Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares expressed his gratitude to all of the participating chains.
“We cannot thank our local supermarket partners enough for continuing this important program in their stores,” he said. “In spite of a sluggish economy our supermarkets and the shopping public once again showed their tremendous concern for their neighbors in need. We would like to thank King Kullen, Food Town, Fairway, ShopRite, Pathmark, Wild By Nature, Waldbaum’s and our newest partner Key Foods for joining us in our fight against hunger on Long Island. Together, they have helped raise enough funds to provide 116,000 meals to our Long Island neighbors in need.
Check Out Hunger takes place in area supermarkets during the months of October, November and December each year. To get involved please contact our Department of Development at (631) 582-3663 x 103.