Price Rite Marketplace teamed up with anti-hunger organization Feed the Children, the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain and Keurig Dr. Pepper to distribute food and essentials to 400 local families on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The event is part of Price Rite Marketplace’s 2023 Feeding Minds & Bodies Campaign in partnership with Feed the Children, which helps support food-insecure families in communities where Price Rite Marketplace stores operate.
Each family, pre-identified by the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain, received boxes of food, personal care items, children’s books, backpacks filled with school supplies, bottled water, Price Rite Marketplace gift cards and other assorted items provided by Feed the Children and Price Rite Marketplace.
Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children representatives were joined by Rick Lopes, senator, State of Connecticut; Gary Turco, representative, State of Connecticut; Erin Stewart, mayor, City of New Britain; James Jones, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of New Britain; Kevin McDonnell, president, Price Rite Marketplace; and Joe Allegro, senior director of Corporate Partnerships, Feed the Children. “Price Rite Marketplace is committed to helping families in the communities it serves have access to fresh food,” said Kevin McDonnell, President of Price Rite Marketplace. “Our Feeding Minds & Bodies campaign is one of the many ways we serve our neighbors and we are grateful to work with Feed the Children and the Boys & Girls Club to provide critical resources to children and families in need in nine cities.”
Fighting hunger is at the heart of Price Rite Marketplace’s charitable giving and paired with Feed the Children’s vision to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry, the two created an initiative called Feeding Minds & Bodies, which is designed to bring attention to and fight the issue of childhood hunger. This year, Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of America to provide food, personal care items, school supplies and gift cards to families. With 1 in 6 US children living in a food insecure household, hunger remains a serious issue in many communities, especially during summer months and the back-to-school season.
“Hunger not only affects children’s health but also their performance in school,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “To properly address childhood hunger and all the issues it causes, people need to work together, and that’s what we aim to do with the Feeding Minds & Bodies campaign. Partners like Price Rite, Keurig Dr. Pepper and the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain are vital to our mission as we serve vulnerable communities.”
Since partnering with Feed the Children, Price Rite Marketplace has contributed nearly three million pounds of food, totaling more than $10 million in gift-in-kind donations, helping more than 165,000 people in 49 cities.