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HOMER, Mich. -- Twenty-seven PS Food Mart stores located in 17 communities in South Central Michigan and Toledo, Ohio called on their customers and neighbors to support families in need this holiday season.
Customers from all 27 PS Food Mart Stores were invited to buy two Kellogg's PopTarts for $1 and then the snacks would be donated to charity and community groups identified by PS Food Mart store managers. The fundraising effort, a collaboration between PS Food Mart Charities and the Folk Oil Co., resulted in nearly 28,000 PopTarts donated to 24 different food pantries, homeless shelters, after school programs and churches within the communities, the company stated.
"It is often easy to forget that there are many families and children across our communities who struggle to put food on the table," Dick Folk, PS Food Mart Charities said in a released statement. "While a PopTart can often be seen as a snack or breakfast on the go, they also provide good nutritional value including protein, fiber and calcium that are part of a healthy diet. Our PS Food Mart Store managers and employees have deep ties to their communities and know where there is a need. With their guidance and the fantastic outpouring of support from our loyal customers and Kellogg's we were able to provide food to needy local families this holiday season."
The campaign was led by manager Jannette Smith from the Hillsdale PS Food Mart CITGO located in Hillsdale, Mich. along with the location's employees and customers, who together donated more than 5,000 PopTarts to eight food pantries. Other big donor locations included PS Food Mart Toledo with more than 3,000 PopTarts donated to Cherry Street Mission, and PS Food Mart Jackson with more than 3,000 PopTarts donated to a food pantry, local Red Cross and a Jackson homeless shelter, the company noted.