Hannaford customers donate 1,001 food boxes to Vaughan food pantry

CONWAY — A charitable campaign sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets has contributed 1,001 Helping Hands boxes of food staples, valued at $10,010, to Vaughan Community Services in North Conway to combat hunger locally.
2-11-hannaford-food-for-vaughanDenise Leighton, of Vaughan Community Services, and Jeff Cox, store manager of North Conway Hannaford. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)The North Conway Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy on Route 16 invited customers to buy Helping Hands boxes for $10 each during the holiday season, as part of the company's annual Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger campaign. Each of the boxes included canned chicken breast, cereal, pasta, sauce, rice, soup and vegetables.
"Hannaford Supermarkets have been a longtime supporter of the Vaughan Food Pantry and we are very grateful for their continued support. The Helping Hands food boxes are a significant help to our mission of feeding the hungry in the Conway area," said Vaughan administrator Denise Leighton.
The Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger program invited customers to donate money at the register, buy Helping Hands boxes for local food pantries and purchase specific products that triggered donations by Hannaford to state and regional food banks. The campaign took place in all 181 Hannaford stores between Oct. 14 and Dec. 31.
Overall, the program contributed $994,674 in product and cash donations to food banks and food pantries in five states, including $274,879 in New Hampshire.
"Customers of the North Conway Hannaford really showed their concern for our struggling neighbors by purchasing so many Helping Hands boxes," said store manager Jeffrey Cox. "Hannaford is proud to partner with local residents and Vaughn Community Services to help reduce hunger in the Conway area."
Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger had three parts:
• Hannaford Helping Hands: Boxes of the grocery items that pantries need were sold for $10 each. Hannaford customers bought a record 80,882 Helping Hands boxes in 2012, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year.
• Register Donation: Customers donated money to their regional or state food bank, right at the register. This program raised more than $58,000 during the 2012 holiday season.
• Buy One, Give One: Customers triggered donations to regional or state food banks by purchasing a particular Hannaford brand product. For each of these items purchased, Hannaford donated an identical item to the food bank. Some customers also donated the product they purchased. This program generated 67,545 boxes of spaghetti, 44,001 cans of sauce and 75,781 cans of vegetables for food banks.
Vaughan Community Service is the primary food pantry for all residents of the town of Conway, providing a variety of general assistance/referral services free of charge to address the basic needs of the community and continue to expand those programs as needs are identified. Vaughan also offers a day care with a sliding fee schedule, a clothing depot and Survivors' of Suicide Loss support group.
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America's first storewide nutrition navigation system, and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.