Nov. 25, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
Local Loblaw corporate and participating franchise stores partner with local food banks across
New Brunswick to raise awareness, funds and food to help those in need
SAINT JOHN, NB, Nov. 25 /CNW/ - In a year when many families continue to struggle to put food on their tables, Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) corporate and participating franchise stores across Canada continue to partner with local food banks to raise awareness, funds and food to help those in need. Starting November 26th, New Brunswick will launch the 2010 Extra Helping™ Holiday National Food Drive to support local food banks and Food Banks Canada. Community members are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items or make a cash donation next time they visit their local Loblaw retail store and participating franchise locations.
Loblaw's goal is to raise $1.35 million and 1.2 million pounds of food across Canada in 2010. Food and cash donations made at the local stores in Saint John will go to Romero House, West Side Food Bank and Saint John East Food Bank.
According to Loblaw partner Food Banks Canada's annual HungerCount, in 2010, more than 860,000 Canadians relied on assistance from food banks to have enough to eat during an average month, compared to 800,000 Canadians in 2009. In March 2010 in New Brunswick, local food banks assisted more than 18,500 people, an increase of 3.5 per cent from the year before. Of the individuals who were helped last year across the province, over 37 per cent were children.
"Our member food banks continue to see an increase in families accessing our services to help keep their families fed," says Brenda Belliveau of the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks. "Donations made during the holiday season go a long way in helping us to support families in need during the holidays and beyond."
According to the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks, the most needed non-perishable items include: canned soups and stews, peanut butter, jam, hot dogs and hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti/lasagna noodles and pasta sauce, pasta dinners, instant puddings, canned meat, fish and beans, mushrooms, fruit, canned/powdered milk, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, sugar and sweeteners, flour, dried soup mixes, fruit cups and cake mixes.
In addition to collecting food and funds, earlier this year, Loblaw made a corporate donation of $250,000 to Food Banks Canada's National Food Sharing System, which works to acquire and share donated food and consumer packaged goods donated to support food banks across the country. Donated food is transported to hubs managed by provincial food bank associations and in turn is distributed to local food banks to utilize for their food programs that assist hungry families and individuals in their communities.
"Loblaw has a strong tradition of supporting the communities we serve. As Canada's largest grocery retailer, we have a responsibility to help in the fight against hunger and assist food banks in serving families in need," says Peggy Hornell, senior director, Community Investment, Loblaw Companies Limited. "As customers shop for their families this holiday season, we encourage them to consider an extra item or to donate a few dollars at check out to help provide food for someone in their community."
To assist food banks in receiving the resources they require to help those in need, one hundred per cent of food donations and 70 per cent of funds donated in New Brunswick through the 2010 Extra Helping™ Holiday National Food Drive, are donated to the local food bank(s) partnered with the individual Loblaw retail store or franchise. The remaining 30 per cent of donated funds supports provincial food bank programs to ensure food banks in areas where Loblaw does not have a store or franchise are still able to benefit from the food drive.
In stores and franchises across New Brunswick including Atlantic Superstore®, Atlantic SaveEasy® and nofrills® locations, shoppers will see an Extra Helping™ logo featured on shelves in a variety of aisles, to help them quickly and easily identify the most needed items. The logo will also be featured on signs at store entrances, in-store displays, collection bins and at checkout to encourage cash donations.
Loblaw is committed to being active in communities at the local, regional and national levels, and the company views this as an integral component to the success of its business. One of Loblaw's commitments to Corporate Responsibility is to Make a Positive Difference in Communities. The other Loblaw corporate social responsibility principles include Respect the Environment, Source with Integrity, Reflect our Nation's Diversity and Be a Great Place to Work.
About the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks
The New Brunswick Association of Food Banks Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable status organization whose membership is comprised of food banks and soup kitchens throughout the province of New Brunswick. The membership is organized in geographic districts, for purposes of representation on the Board of Directors and food distribution. The mission of the NBAFB is "to support member agencies in their efforts to alleviate hunger and to serve as their provincial voice." For more information please visit www.foodbanksnb.com.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over 138,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) label program, including the President's Choice®, no name® and Joe Fresh Style® brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC® points loyalty program.
|Loblaw Public Relations Department||Brenda Belliveau|
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