GREEN BAY, WI (November 11, 2016) – With more than 43.1 million Americans living in poverty, the upcoming months can prove to be a stressful time. In an effort to support families in crisis this holiday season, Shopko is partnering with Feeding America and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to provide families with the items they need to celebrate the holidays.
To help combat hunger around the holidays, Shopko will donate$100,000 to Feeding America to support their network of local member foodbanks in all Shopko markets across the country. Additionally, through November 20, 2016, all Shopko locations will collect critical items, including nonperishables and hygiene supplies. All donations can be dropped off at marked donation boxes inside Shopko and will be distributed to a local food pantry in time for Thanksgiving.
“Shopko takes pride in the communities we serve and is therefore committed to providing critical support to local families in crisis by partnering with respected nonprofit organizations such as Feeding America and Toys for Tots,” said Peter McMahon, Shopko CEO. “Simple acts of kindness, such as donating to those in need, is vital to the well-being of the communities we are privileged to serve.”
In addition to supporting Feeding America, Shopko is once again partnering with Toys for Tots to help make the holiday season more enjoyable for less fortunate children across the country. In its 25th year as a program partner, Shopko is collecting toys donated by customers this holiday season to provide to local children in need. Customers may donate new, unwrapped toys at any Shopko store through Friday, December 9, 2016.
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Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates 389 stores in 26 states throughout the Central, Western and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 131 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; 5 Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 249 Shopko Hometown stores, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visithttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is a national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that has helped provide happiness and hope to disadvantaged children at Christmas for 65 years. From October to December every year, members of the Marine Forces Reserve, the Marine Corps League of veterans, and local community organizations collect toys, books and other gifts for less fortunate children in more than 700 communities across all 50 states. Donated items are distributed to the children most in need with the help of local welfare agencies, churches and other community groups. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.