Woonsocket, RI (June 29, 2022)
– Price Rite Marketplace teamed up with anti-hunger organization Feed the Children, the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island and event partner Conagra Brands to distribute food and essentials to 400 local families on Wednesday, June 28. The community event kicked off the supermarket retailer’s 2023 Feeding Minds & Bodies Campaign
in partnership with Feed the Children, which helps support food-insecure families in the communities where Price Rite Marketplace stores operate. In addition to providing essentials to families in need, the event also celebrated the grand opening of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island’s Woonsocket Clubhouse with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.
Each family, pre-identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island state executives such as Governor Dan McKee, Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos and State Senator Jack Reed. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, mayor, City of Woonsocket; Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Gary Rebello, president and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island; and Ryan Antrop, board chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island were also in attendance.
“Our Feeding Minds & Bodies program is one of the many ways Price Rite Marketplace is committed to serving the communities in which our stores operate,” said Kevin McDonnell, president of Price Rite Marketplace. “We are excited this year to work with partners like Feed the Children and the Boys and Girls Club to provide resources for children and families in need to nine cities this season.”
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 help bring attention to and fight the issue of childhood hunger. This year, Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of America to help families by providing food, personal care items, school supplies and gift cards throughout the year. With one in six U.S. 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.
“Children cannot thrive unless their basic needs are met,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “A widespread issue like childhood hunger will only be solved when enough people work together. Partners like Price Rite, Conagra and the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island 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.
About Price Rite Marketplace
Price Rite Marketplace is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite Marketplace opened its first store in 1995 under the name Price Rite Supermarkets, and currently operates over 60 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Maryland. Committed to providing the best value for customers, Price Rite Marketplace delivers a simplified shopping experience with top name brand foods and products and expanded fresh produce and organic offerings at exceptional prices. Price Rite Marketplace is also dedicated to fighting hunger through its annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnerships with Feed The Children and local food banks. For more information, please visit www.priceritemarketplace.com
About Feed the Children
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in eight countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.
To learn more, please visit feedthechildren.org