Thursday, December 20, 2012

CHOW receives donation from Weis, customers

TOWN OF CHENANGO — The generosity of a supermarket chain and its customers will help feed the needy in the community this holiday season.

Weis Markets’ customers donated $10,346 during the grocery’s September “Fight Hunger” program. Weis added its own $15,000 to the donation, for a total of $25,346 to be given to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

The money is given to the charity in the form of gift cards. CHOW gets a 20 percent discount off retail grocery prices at Weis to purchase food for its pantry.

“Their continued support is very important, especially during the holiday season,” said Mike Leahey, director of CHOW.

Weis District Manager Mike Umstead said food banks do a wonderful job.

“We are proud to support the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse and their much-needed work in the Southern Tier,” he said.

Weis has several programs that help feed the region’s hungry.

It participates in Broome Bounty, which donates perishable food that is near its expiration for immediate use by CHOW, Leahey said. The company also has its Round Up For CHOW program that runs throughout the year.

Written by:  Debbie Swartz

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