A local grocery chain is chipping in for charity.
Martin’s Super Markets will contribute a cash donation of $13,555 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, in cooperation with the nonprofit’s 23rd Annual Stamp of Hunger, the nation’s largest one-day food drive and, historically, the Food Bank’s most successful event, according to a previous report from Flavor 574.
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The May 9 event collected more than 84,000 pounds of food in Elkhart County, according to a report from The Elkhart Truth, and more than 72,800 pounds of non-perishables in St. Joseph County, according the Food Bank’s website.
For six weeks prior to the event, Martin’s Super Market stores sold $5 Fill-A-Need cards, allowing customers to contribute to a cause benefiting six area counties.
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According to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, a $1 cash contribution can provide nine meals, or 11 pounds of food, to its member agencies.
“Martin’s Super Markets continues to make significant and responsible contributions in the communities they serve,” said Milt Lee, executive director and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “We are fortunate to have them as a partner.”
Martin’s store locations in St. Joseph County will continue to collect non-perishable food items for the food bank through Sunday, May 31.