Save Mart & Lucky Supermarkets Fight Summer Hunger
From the Food Bank of Northern Nevada:
Save Mart Supermarkets announced today that it has partnered with food banks throughout California and Northern Nevada to raise awareness of the struggle many families have feeding their children during the summer months. May 11-31 all Save Mart and Lucky stores throughout the region will be collecting peanut butter to help stock the pantries of local food banks. Giving this initiative a boost, Jif peanut butter has announced a buy-one, get-one promotion making it easy for families to donate a jar of peanut butter each time they purchase one.
In the summer, many families are left struggling to stretch already limited food budgets even further with yet another gap to fill. With kids not receiving School Lunch and holiday donations near depleted, local Food Banks are most desperate for food during the summer months. In northern Nevada, more than 1 in 4 children live in a household that is food insecure. Peanut Butter was chosen because it is a high protein, shelf-stable food, often associated with children.
“We are so grateful to Save Mart for this effort to raise peanut butter for those in need in our area,” said Cherie Jamason, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. “Families are still struggling to make ends meet, especially with their food budgets in the summer. Efforts like these really make a big difference in the fight against hunger.”
Child hunger is an especially critical issue when school is out in the summertime; many children no longer have access to free or reduced priced school meals. In Washoe County, more than 47% of children qualify for free or reduced school lunch. Research has shown that even mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth may lead to reductions in physical growth and adversely affect brain development.
“No child should go hungry and sadly many do. As a food retailer we take our support of local food banks seriously and want to do all we can to ensure the families we serve have access to stable, nutritious meals. The peanut butter collected will be immediately distributed to local families in need,” Steve Junqueiro, COO of Save Mart.