On November 15, Smith’s Food & Drug Stores and Three Square Food Bank wanted to make sure the valley’s most vulnerable residents experience the joys of the holiday season. Smith’s Southern Nevada grocery stores donated a total 2,500 pumpkin pies to Three Square Food Bank. These pies were distributed to Three Square’s network of community partners, who are able to reach families on the front lines of hunger.
“The holidays are a time for sharing food and enjoying the fruits of the season. We want to help spread holiday cheer by topping off their meal with pumpkin pie,” said Marsha Gilford, vice president of public affairs for Smith’s.
How can you help? Smith’s Food & Drug is again offering customers a convenient way to reach out and help others during the holiday season with its Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive. From now through December 31, customers may add a $1, $5 or $10 donation to their grocery orders. 100 percent of the contribution will then be converted into Smith’s gift cards for Three Square Food Bank to then purchase meat, grocery items, dairy or other needed items at cost.
“This is yet another way in which our resources, combined with the support of our associates and customers, work together to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Aubriana Martindale, division corporate affairs manager for Smith’s. “Just a few dollars can create a nutritious meal for another person who otherwise would go without.”
The Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive for Three Square ties into Smith’s newly launched Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, an effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.
“No family in the Las Vegas community should ever go hungry, and no food in the stores we operate should ever go to waste,” said Martindale.
Smith’s helps fight hunger throughout its seven states of operation. In addition to cash support, each day stores donate nutritious but unsellable foods to local food banks. In 2016, enough food was contributed this way to create 1,650,427 meals through food bank and pantry networks in Nevada.
Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, operates 140 stores in seven western states including 7 in northern Nevada and 37 in southern Nevada. Smith’s charitable giving, in partnership with more than 5,000 Nevada associates, generous customers and suppliers totaled $4.2 million in cash and food products to nonprofit organizations in 2015. More information may be found at www.smithsfoodanddrug.com.