For years, Shoppers grocery store in Dumfries has been one of our many advocates who want to end hunger for our neighbors in Prince William County. They have continued to help us in our mission by promoting their $5 Bag Campaign, and it has tremendously helped the clients that visit our food pantry throughout the year. The campaign itself is very simple; when customers visit Shoppers and donate $5 at checkout, Shoppers fills a bag with food worth the same price, and donates it right back to ACTS' Food Pantry, where our clients can receive them. Each bag is comprised of rice, macaroni, tomatoes, tuna, and 2 cans of vegetables, and it's a very quick and inexpensive way to make a difference for those that are hungry in our area.
This morning, our food pantry manager Melissa Napora met with Shopper’s bookkeeper Sandy Oudeh to talk about how the store has supported ACTS by promoting their $5 Bag Campaign, as well as how the store's customers have responded to this wonderful act of giving:
ACTS is very grateful for our community partner, and for the support we receive from the store's customers year around. Last year, Shoppers donated 25,153.26 pounds of food, and thanks to individuals, faith organizations, and businesses like Shoppers, the Food Pantry provided food for 25,051 individuals, (13,893 adults and 11,158 children.) which amounted to about 7,700 families receiving food assistance. We're here to make sure that no family goes without a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and Shoppers provides us with another example of how giving our community is to it's neighbors. To see how you can help, please visit this link for more information, and if you're in the neighborhood and need some last minute dinner options at an affordable price, please visit Shoppers at their location at 4174 Fortuna Village Center Plaza, Dumfries, VA 22025.