North Kingstown, RI - March 18, 2014 - Ocean State Job Lot, a 111-store discount retail chain headquartered in North Kingstown, R.I., announced its 2014 "Three Square Meals" hunger relief program to alleviate the food crisis throughout the Northeast U.S.
The program is expected to distribute 78 tractor trailer loads of food throughout the year to 13 food banks and pantries across six New England states and New York, including Long Island Cares, Inc.- The Harry Chapin Food Bank. This marks the largest single food donation of its kind by a private company in New England.
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., the first delivery of food will kick-off via a convoy of 17 tractor trailer trucks loaded with 600,000 lbs of nutritious shelf-stable food. Job Lot will also be donating all purchasing logistics, administration, management, delivery labor, and fuel ensuring 100 percent of the donated funds are used to help alleviate hunger. Items to be distributed include shelf-stable food such as pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, canned tuna, dried beans, rice, and more.
"Our Three Square Meals event is intended to bring attention to and help alleviate the growing food crisis in our region," states Ocean State Job Lot Owner/Partner Alan Perlman, who notes his company is quick to recognize the contributions and generosity of its valued customers. "We're leading the fight against hunger, starting from the community garden level, to distributing nutritious food, to then teaching people how to create and eat healthy meals. Together with our customers and charitable partners we can greatly impact each step along this food insecurity cycle. It's exciting to see our Three Square Meals program grow and become an important catalyst for change."
According to Long Island Cares' Executive Director Paule Pachter, "Ocean State Job Lot has been a wonderful corporate partner of the regional food bank since they opened their new Babylon location last year. The corporation has donated several pallets of first-quality food and assorted supplies to assist the hundreds of community-based member agencies that we support."
ABOUT OCEAN STATE JOB LOT
Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot is a growing, privately held retail chain with 111 stores in New England and New York, approximately 4,000 employees, and annual sales exceeding $540 million. Job Lot sells brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices. Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, pool supply, outdoor), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, placing emphasis on local food banks in communities where Job Lot operates stores. The Foundation also supports medical and educational institutions, disaster relief efforts, the performing arts, our military service men and women, and special needs and foster children. Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered at 375 Commerce Park Road in the Quonset Point Business Park, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Phone: (401) 295-2672; Web: osjl.com
About Long Island Cares, Inc.
Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank is Long Island's first food bank: serving the hungry on Long Island since, 1980. Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry on Long Island and provides emergency food where and when it is needed, and sponsors a wide variety of innovate direct service programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency. The organization was founded by the late singer, Grammy Award winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin in response to the growing issue of hunger on Long Island. It is continued today by his wife and partner Sandy Chapin, a dedicated Board of Directors and talented staff working out of their 35,000 square foot facility in Hauppauge and their storefront hunger assistance centers in Freeport and Lindenhurst. Long Island Cares is a member agency of the Food Bank Association of New York State and Feeding America. Long Island Cares, Inc. is recognized by the NYS Department of Health and the USDA as the regional food bank for Long Island.