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Chief Good Neighbor Day is April 17
Friday, April 13, 2012 3:18 PM

Chief Supermarket to donate a portion of sales to local food pantries. Be a Good Neighbor. Help us fight hunger in our community.

DEFIANCE — The effects of the downturn in our economy are being felt in West Central and Northwest Ohio, where the number of families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise. In response to this critical need, Chief Supermarket is sponsoring Good Neighbor Day at all store locations on Tuesday, April 17. This is the fourth annual Good Neighbor Day at Chief. Over $97,000 has been donated to local food pantries since 2009.

On April 17, Chief will donate a percentage of sales to support our local food pantries. Customers are also being encouraged to purchase non-perishable food items to donate when they shop at any Chief location on April 17. As customers check out, they can also opt to add a cash donation to their order for any amount.

According to Annette Hoeffel, Chief Supermarkets’ director of marketing, hunger is a growing problem for many families in every community. “It affects children, who can’t concentrate in school because they didn’t eat a nutritious dinner the night before; Parents are having to choose between food and life-sustaining medicine; Families are wondering whether to pay the electric bill or buy food. It’s a growing problem,” said Hoeffel. “Our business is feeding families and supporting the communities that support us. As a family-owned, local company, Chief feels compelled to help keep families together, starting with making sure they have enough of the right kind of food to eat every day. Together we are making a difference in our neighborhood.”

According to the West Ohio Food Bank:

• 45% of clients served by the West Ohio Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for gas for a car.

• 44% had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.

• 36% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.

• 35% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

Funds produce, meat and frozen foods, at greatly reduced prices from the West Ohio Food Bank, which serves more than 170 pantries in 11 counties throughout West Central Ohio. Each dollar donation to West Ohio Food Bank will provide 25 pounds of food that donated will allow local food pantries to purchase staple food items, including will make 19 meals to feed 2 people for 3 days. Selected local food pantries that are not part of the West Ohio Food Bank group will also benefit directly from the donated funds.