Harvesters, grocery stores call on community to help Check-Out Hunger

(Kansas City, Mo.) – The 21st annual Check-Out Hunger campaign to support Harvesters—The Community Food Network kicks off today (November 7) at 141 grocery stores throughout the region. The holiday campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for Harvesters, which feeds the hungry through its network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies. “As we head into the holiday season, we know there are 375,000 people in our service area who may not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Karen Haren, president and CEO of Harvesters. “Providing food to a family, senior or child through Check-Out Hunger gives them hope today and ultimately, helps build a stronger, healthier community for us all.” Community members can help this holiday season by scanning $1, $5, $10 or $20 Check-Out Hunger donation coupons for Harvesters and adding them to their grocery bills. Donation coupons and Harvesters food donation barrels will be in stores through January 6, 2013. Online donations can be made to KMBC-TV’s Check-Out Hunger virtual food drive at www.harvesters.org. KMBC-TV has set a goal this year to raise 60,000 meals through the virtual food drive. Since 1992, Check-Out Hunger has raised nearly $3.7 million and provided 20 million meals to families in need. Every $1 donated provides five meals to hungry people. Check-Out Hunger is sponsored by the Retail Grocers Association, InQuest Marketing and Watkins Advertising Design. This year’s Check-Out Hunger media partners are KMBC-TV, KCWE-TV and The Kansas City Star. Stores participating in this year’s campaign are Apple Market, Cosentino's Downtown Market and Brookside Market, Country Mart, Dillons, Festival Foods, Hen House, Hy-Vee, McGonigle's Market, Natural Grocers, Parker's Supermarket & Pharmacy, Patricia’s Foods, Piggly Wiggly, Price Chopper, Red X, Sun Fresh, The Better Cheddar and Thriftway.

About Harvesters—The Community Food Network Harvesters is this area’s only food bank and was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit www.harvesters.org.

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