If you’re an Ocean State Job Lot shopper who donates to food banks at the checkout line, you are part of one for the record books. Today Connecticut Food Bank’s East Haven warehouse received 40,000 pounds of food from Ocean State Job Lot – the first of several full tractor trailer loads it will receive as part of the stores’ Three Square Meals program, which is the largest single food donation of its kind by a private company in New England.
How was this done? Job Lot customers are invited to donate $1 at the register through December 31, to help buy food for food banks to distribute in their local community. Job Lot then matches the first $100,000 of shopper donations and purchases food from its manufacturers and other sources valued at up to three times Job Lot’s purchase price, and then donates the food to food banks. This year’s customer donations and matching amount totaled more than $1.2 million – the equivalent of 60 tractor trailer loads that will be delivered throughout 2013 to 10 food banks and pantries across six New England states and New York.
Thanks to all who donate at the checkout line. You are helping to feed your hungry neighbors who are struggling to put food on the table.