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Helping Harvest gets grant from Weis Markets

A grant from Weis Markets will help Helping Harvest Food Bank fight hunger in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

The $60,000 donation from the market chain based in Sunbury was made Friday as part of the company’s Fight Hunger program to support local food banks.

“We at Helping Harvest are so fortunate to have partners like Weis Markets in our community helping us at this time,” Jay Worrall, president of the food bank based in Spring Township, said. “We are still seeing very high demand for food assistance in Berks and Schuylkill counties, so support like this is even more important right now.”

The two-week program began in November and gave Weis customers across a seven-state market area the option of rounding up their orders or buying vouchers in increments up to $10 to help support local families in need.

Donations also were accepted during the month of September.

“Every year, we look forward to partnering with our generous customers to give back to the communities we serve,” Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets vice president of advertising and marketing, said in a news release.

The grant to Helping Harvest represents combined donations from customers and company staff, he said. It is the perfect way to start 2022 and celebrate the season of giving.

The Fight Hunger program began in 2008 and has raised over $5 million, according to the news release.

The 2021 campaign raised more than $1.3 million for community food banks.

“We are grateful to our customers and to Helping Harvest for their service to the community,” Bonacci said.

Source: Berkshire mont

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