Local store makes donations to aid community hunger relief efforts

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On Friday, members of Rome Hannaford’s store leadership team met with several members of community not-for-profit agencies to issue them $500 gift cards to help in this time of need. Matthew Miller, executive director of the Rome Rescue Mission, and Pastor Arthur Atkins, representing The Bread of Life Community Center of Rome, accepted the gift cards at a socially distant check presentation ceremony at the Rome Hannaford location.

Kevin King, store manager, reached out to Hannaford Community Relations to see what assistance Hannaford could provide to Rome organizations during the COVID 19 pandemic and massive food shortage in the area.

King worked with Brian Fabre and Francesca Mancino at the Hannaford Corporate Office to secure $1,000 in funds to distribute, according to an announcement by company officials.

Rome Rescue Mission and The Bread of Life Community Center were selected due to their community reputations for excellence in helping the people of Rome.

Rome Hannaford works with several organizations on a regular basis to help fight hunger in the area. Mike Park, assistant store manager, has created relationships with the several other service organizations in addition to the Bread of Life Community Center and the Rome Rescue Mission, including the Rome Salvation Army, St. Peter’s Church of Rome, and the Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Church in Lee Center.

Hannaford also has a strong relationship with the Food Bank of Central New York to assist with hunger relief. Each day a member from one of the Partner Agencies of Feeding America pick up food donations.

These donations include fresh produce, meat, deli, bakery, and dairy items.

Since Rome Hannaford opened on June 20, the store has donated 66,815 pounds of food to local community partners in this fashion.

Hannaford’s dedication to eliminate hunger is not unique to the Rome location. The other six Hannaford facilities in the Utica/Rome/Watertown area have developed long-term relationships with local food pantries. According to the Food Bank of Central New York, together these seven stores have donated 404,387 pounds of food through October.

All Hannaford locations in the five states they operate in have the same focus on developing relationships with hunger relief agencies in their areas. As a company in 2019, Hannaford stores accounted for adding 20 million pounds of food relief in their selling foot print, officials said.

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