Last week, Ocean State Job Lot began delivering more than $1.4 million worth of food donations to pantries around New England and New York, including the New Hampshire Food Bank, as part of the chain’s “Three Square Meals” initiative.
This week’s deliveries began on April 9, with 18 trucks delivering about 630,000 lbs. of food around the region.
All told, more than 3.2 million lbs. of food will be delivered in 2015 by the chain with help from Kellogg’s, Bank of American, Bob’s Red Mill, Polar Beverages, Arbella Insurance, and donations from customers. The program, according to the company, is considered to be the single largest food assistance program of its kind in the Northeast.
Ocean State Job Lot co-founder Alan Perlman recognized the contributions and generosity of the company’s valued customers who help each year fund the initiative.
“Our Three Square Meals event is intended to bring attention to and help alleviate the growing hunger epidemic in our region,” he stated. “We’re tackling the fight against food insecurity. Together with our customers and charitable partners, we can help to alleviate this hunger cycle. Every contribution, big or small, helps. For us, seeing our Three Square Meals program grow and inspire others to give is extremely rewarding.”
At the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester on Thursday, the chain delivered about 60 pallets of food to assist about 135,000 in the Granite State with food security issues.
Also last week, the food bank received a $240,745 federal grant from the USDA in an effort to increase access to fruits and vegetables to families in need while also subsidizing small and mid-sized farmers in the region.
Ocean State Job Lot has 12 stores in New Hampshire including Concord, Derry, Hooksett, Milford, Nashua, Newport, Northumberland, Ossipee, Peterborough, Portsmouth, and Walpole.