Sweetbay Supermarket presented a check for $30,000 to representatives of the Pinellas County-based non-profit, Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids, a program of the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Clearwater.
The funds are the result of the inaugural Sweetbay Supports Snack Sacks for Kids campaign, which took place between September 6 – 30, 2012. During that period, Bay area residents were encouraged to stop at participating Sweetbay stores to show their support by donating either a snack for $1 or a sack of snacks for $3.
Pack-A-Sack provides weekend snacks to more than 800 food-insecure children and families who might otherwise go hungry between the end of the school day on Friday and Monday morning.
Thanks to Sweetbay and its customers, Pack-A-Sack will be able to provide approximately 5,000 additional meals to local kids in need and expand the program to two additional public schools.
“Pack-A-Sack is going to be able to grow and thrive even more because of this donation,” said Pam Qualls, Executive Director of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries. “Corporations often talk about how they want to help, but it’s great to see it in action.”
Sweetbay also provided a $30,000 donation to The Junior League of Tampa’s Food 4 Kids program, its Snack Sacks for Kids recipient in Hillsborough County.
In Tampa Bay, nearly 250,000 children under the age of 18 lack consistent access to nutritious food. Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, particularly for low-income children.
About Sweetbay Supermarket
Sweetbay Supermarket offers outstanding value, quality and variety, routinely partnering with Florida growers, to bring shoppers the freshest food available in the state. Sweetbay Supermarket waslaunched in November 2004 in Largo and is headquartered in Tampa. Sweetbay has 105 stores in Florida. For more information, go to www.sweetbaysupermarket.com.
Started in 2008 by the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries, Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids in Pinellas is now serving over 800 food insecure children and families. A 100% volunteer effort, 46 school, business and religious partners provide a"pack" of 12 nutritious snacks to children every Friday of the school year. With expansion into Pasco and Manatee, PAS provides 1,000 packs hoping to double that number in the next two years for the three counties. Learn more at www.umcm.info.
Pictured: Jennifer Mazur, Pinellas Co. Schools Pack-A-Sack Coordinator; Nicole LeBeau, Sweetbay Supermarket Spokesperson; Pam Qualls, Executive Director, United Methodist Cooperative Ministries; and Lewis Hill, Pack-A-Sack volunteer coordinator celebrate a $30,000 donation from Sweetbay Supermarket as part of the grocer’s Snack Sacks for Kids campaign.