The state’s economy may be doing well, but the prosperity hasn’t touched everyone. According to the California Association of Food Banks, an average of one in eight residents still doesn’t know where his or her next meal will come from. Out of those 5.4 million experiencing food insecurity in the state, nearly half of those are children.
To help boost donations to local food banks during the holiday season, Save Mart stores will once again hold the annual Holiday Give. Share. CARE! Drive, making it easier for shoppers to donate. At check-out, customers can tear off a coupon and hand it to the cashier.
A donation of $2 feeds one person breakfast, $3 feeds one person lunch and $5 feeds one person dinner.
The coupon shoppers choose will be added to their grocery bill, and the tax deductible contribution will be noted on their receipt. One hundred percent of all donations go to the local food bank assigned to each store.
Last year, the Holiday Giving campaign brought in more than $240,000 collectively from the 200-plus Save Mart stores for about 30 food banks throughout California and Northern Nevada. Donations at checkout began Monday, Nov. 14 and will end Dec. 27.
Donors are being encouraged to talk about the help they’re providing on social media by using the hashtag: #SaveMartGiving.
Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs about 16,000 team members and operates 205 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock.