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Stater Bros. Joins Countywide Food Drive

All food and cash benefits Riverside County food banks, pantries, and communities.

Stater Bros. and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors are holding a food drive for county families.

"Harvesting Hope in our Community" will run through Dec. 31, county spokeswoman Kimberly Douglas said. Last year, the drive raised more than $166,000 and collected 34,000 pounds of food, which was distributed to pantries and food banks throughout the county, Douglas said.

"With Riverside County's population at 14 percent unemployed and 14 percent living in poverty, our campaign to fight hunger in our region is just as crucial as ever, and Riverside County food pantries are struggling to keep up with the increasing need for food," Douglas said.

To participate, county residents can:

-- donate non-perishable food items at a Stater Bros. in the county, including those in and ;

-- donate cash at Harvesting Hope donation boxes at Stater Bros registers;

-- purchase a $10 Harvesting Hope scannable donation card. Each $10 donation will provide 30 full meals; or

-- donate online at www.rcfooddrive.org.

All food and cash benefits Riverside County food banks, pantries, and communities.

For information, call (951) 955-6696.

J Carabine December 07, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I have NO problem donating to help others in need, however, I wonder if Stater Bros is donating their dented cans etc. Did you know that ALL supermarkets toss out the back door every day things that are quite useable? I recently heard, although not confirmed, that Starbuck's has to toss everything in it's case each day. I read of people hitting these trash bins behind stores and saving a ton of money on groceries. They pictured packages unopened and just discarded. This country is very wasteful. One year hubby's company had a beautiful catered dinner in and there were some that did not show. he tried to take it to the local homeless shelter ( same day ) to give to them and they would NOT take it ??? There is something wrong with the system.
J Carabine December 07, 2011 at 04:27 PM
http://www.alternet.org/investigations/146487/how_the_top_5_supermarkets_waste_food
Martha L. Bridges December 07, 2011 at 07:12 PM
I think it's great to see our county supervisors and markets like Stater Bros. responding to the growing problem of hunger in our communities and providing not only much needed food, but so many ways for us to help with efforts to get food to those in need. I am especially grateful to see the options to buy food in the markets and donate it on the spot. For everyone’s sake this is one of the safest ways to donate and ensure food is fresh and useable. Shelters and food banks need to exercise caution in what they receive and hand out to the trusting public. There are very legitimate health issues to be concerned about with dented cans and dry goods beyond their shelf life or ‘use by’ dates. You can’t imagine how time consuming it is for volunteers to sort through things people donate to be sure they are safe to use. I recently did some research on the arrangements many markets make directly with the shelters or food banks to regularly pick up produce which was still good, but needed to be used quickly. While there is waste, there is also a huge effort being made to curtail that waste and get good food into the hands of hungry people. They deserve our help and support.
justme December 07, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Love Stater Bros :) they always seem to be pro-community rather than pro-corporate. We are thankful to have businesses like this in our community
J Carabine December 07, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Here is something on the safety of use by dates... many people toss too soon. What ever did we do before all these date stamps? http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/food_product_dating/#5
Jared Little December 08, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Janice, it is great to know that you help because I use to live in lake elsinore and it was a blessing to hear that had food pantries in the area. I pick up cans frequently just so I can have a decent meal and know that people are donating even a quarter does help a ton. God bless you.

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