PS Food Mart Fights Hunger in Michigan and Ohio
Local Citgo & Sunoco Marketer Hosts Eighth Annual Pop-Tarts® Fundraiser to Benefit Local School Back Pack Programs and Food Pantries
Folk Oil Company and 35 PS Food Mart locations in the Toledo, Ohio area and southern Michigan have initiated the eighth annual PS Food Mart Kellogg’s Pop –Tarts® fundraiser to support local food pantries and after school backpack programs. Between October 2nd and October 31st, customers can visit their local participating PS Food Mart station to purchase and donate Pop-Tarts to a local cause chosen by each PS Food Mart.
“We had a record-breaking fundraiser last year. We hope to have even greater success this year as we help fight hunger in our community,” said Dick Folk, CEO and President of PS Food Mart. “As we approach the colder months, it is important to make sure our local schools and food pantries have enough nutritious food for the less fortunate who depend on these resources. Our customers are truly outstanding in their willingness to give. We are grateful that they continue to support this campaign each year.”
During the month-long event, PS Food Mart customers are encouraged to purchase two Pop-Tarts for $1 or one box of Pop-Tarts for $3 and any amount purchased can be donated. Last year, our customers donated more than 118,000 Pop-Tarts through the annual fundraising campaign.
PS Food Mart proudly supports several local food pantries and elementary school backpack programs in the communities where we operate. We are also very proud to be supporters of charitable organizations that help to better our communities.
Every community where PS Food Mart operates is our "Hometown", and we are committed to helping fight local hunger everywhere we operate. In 2010, we created the PS Food Mart Charities fund through the Homer Area Community Foundation. 2010 was the first year of our annual "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign, which is held in March of each year. Through this campaign, PS Food Mart Charities has been able to provide financial support to the South Central MI Food Bank, Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank, SeaGate Food Bank of Toledo and numerous local food pantries and school weekend backpack programs in communities wherever PS Food Mart operates. The "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign has raised over $470,000 to date. We want our customers and community members to know that every dollar of the money we raise during our campaign goes directly to help fight local hunger. We believe that no one should have to worry about where their next meal will come from, which is why we are committed to the "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign.
In addition to the "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign, we also hold an annual Pop Tart campaign in October. Through this campaign and the support of our generous customers, we have been able to donate more than 440,000 Pop Tarts to local Food Pantries and School Backpack programs.
Our 8th annual campaign will take place March 13 - March 26. We will be supporting several local Food Pantries and Schools Backpack programs as well as South Central MI Food Bank in Battle Creek and SeaGate Food Bank in Toledo. The weekend backpack programs include Homer Community Schools, Concord Community Schools, Western Schools in Spring Arbor, Frost Elementary in Jackson, Coldwater Elementary Schools, Hillsdale Community Schools, Reading Community Schools, Union City Community Schools, Marshall Public Schools, Mar Lee School in Marshall, Albion Elementary School, Lakeview Community Schools in Battle Creek, Harper Creek Community Schools in Battle Creek, Whitmore Lake Public Schools, Williamston Community Schools, Swanton Local Schools, Garfield Elementary and Beverly Elementary in Toledo. The food pantries are located in Battle Creek, Marshall, Union City, Coldwater, Homer, Albion, Spring Arbor, Jackson, Hillsdale, Hudson, Dundee and Monroe in Michigan as well as in Toledo, Maumee, and Holland in Ohio. We are looking forward to a successful campaign.
The 2017 Fight Hunger, Give Hope campaign is complete. We are awestruck by the generosity of our customers and the unfailing dedication of our associates. Through your efforts we are glad to announce that we raised over $87,000. All money raised goes straight to the charitable organizations to help fight local hunger in all the communities we operate in.
Our 2016 campaign has officially ended with outstanding results, having raised over $86,000. We are very proud of our associates for their efforts and we truly appreciate the generosity of the PS Food Mart customers.
Our 2016 campaign will take place March 1 - March 14. This year we will supporting several local Food Pantries and Schools Backpack programs as well as South Central MI Food Bank in Battle Creek and SeaGate Food Bank in Toledo. We will support school weekend backpack programs in the following schools in Michigan: Homer Community Schools, Concord Community Schools, Western Schools in Spring Arbor, Frost Elementary in Jackson, Coldwater Elementary Schools, Hillsdale Community Schools, Reading Community Schools, Union City Community Schools, Marshall Public Schools, Mar Lee School in Marshall, Albion Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary Schools in Battle Creek, Harper Creek Elementary Schools in Battle Creek, Whitmore Lake, and Williamston Community Schools. We will also be supporting weekend backpack programs at the following schools in OH: Swanton Local Schools, Birmingham Elementary in Toledo, Garfield Elementary in Toledo and Beverly Elementary in Toledo. In addition to the school backpack programs, we will also be supporting food pantries in Battle Creek, Marshall, Union City, Coldwater, Homer, Albion, Spring Arbor, Jackson, Hillsdale, Hudson, Dundee and Monroe as well as in Toledo, Maumee, and Holland OH.
Throughout the month of October, PS Food Mart locations sold Kellogg’s Pop Tarts at a substantially discounted price, and asked customers to donate them to local charities. As a result of the tremendous generosity of its customers, PS Food Mart will be donating over 107,000 Pop Tarts to local pantries and school back-pack programs in every town where a PS Food Mart is located. We view every community where we are present as our hometown.
Our 2015 campaign has officially ended with outstanding results, having raised over $77,000. We are very proud of our associates for their efforts and we truly appreciate the generosity of the PS Food Mart customers.
The economic recovery is a slow process, especially for those in need in our community. It's a generous sense of community that is vital for families with children and the elderly to get much needed food. The Food Bank of South Central Michigan and the Seagate Food Bank of Toledo are efficient, practical and always there when needed, and PS Food Mart Stores are very proud to offer assistance to help locally, by getting food to those who need it in the communities where they operate.
Local food banks are still searching to try to replace resources so parents can continue to feed their children and the elderly will not go without. PS Food Mart Stores and their generous customers and creative employees are kicking off the 6th annual "Fight Hunger, Give Hope" campaign. This year’s efforts run from March 2nd to the 15th.
PS Food Mart Charities will provide generous financial support raised in this effort to the South Central MI Food Bank and the Seagate Food Bank of Toledo, along with several food pantries in communities where PS Food Mart operates. Some of these pantries include Homer Caring and Sharing, Williamston Food Pantry, Jackson Community Food Pantry, Mustard Seed, Owens Harvest, Concord Food for Thought, Branch Area Food Pantry, Kings Kupboard, and St. Louis Helping Hands.
Money donated provides over a half million meals through local food banks and pantries. The enthusiasm of the PS Food Mart employees including their energy and effort in this campaign, along with outstanding customer generosity will make a large impact on fighting local hunger.
Customers will once again be asked to ”tear a square” and make a $1 or $5 donation to the "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign. The generous customer support of this fundraiser is what has made it successful the past 5 years. We are looking forward to reaching our goal of raising $50,000 and being able to fight local hunger in several communities. Stop in a visit your local PS Food March from March 2 - 15 and help us fight local hunger.
PS Food Mart donated in excess of 62,000 Pop Tarts, thanks in part to our generous customers and dedicated employees. To date, we have donated over 215,000 Pop Tarts from our five campaigns. Recipients of the Pop Tarts will be several local organizations that include: Homer Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, Western Schools Backpack program, Branch Area Food Pantry, Union City Community Unlimited, Albion Interfaith Ministries, Marshall Shamrock Center, Marshall Children's Development Center, First Wesleyan Church Pantry (Battle Creek), South Central MI Food Bank, Perry Morrice Shaftsburg Emergency Relief Fund, Williamston Food Bank, Kings Cupboard Food Pantry of Hillsdale, Free Methodist Church of Hillsdale, New Hope Church of Camden, Harmony Baptist Church of Jackson, First Church of the Nazarene of Jackson, Aware Shelter of Jackson, Immanuel Lutheran Food Pantry of Jackson, YMCA of Jackson, Jackson Community Food Pantry, New Hope Church of Jackson, The Doris Klaussen Center of Battle Creek, Life Line Food Bank of Camden, Hudson Sacred Heart Food Pantry, MarLee Schools, St Louis Helping Hands of Toledo, Boy and Girls Club of Toledo, Toledo Seagate Food Bank, Mustard Seed Food Pantry, Owen's College Food Pantry, Swanton Area Schools Backpack Buddies Program. Thank you to everyone for the support.
PS FOOD MART CHARITIES AND CITGO SUPPORT REGIONAL FOOD PANTRIES
Local CITGO Marketer Raises Nearly $62,000 for Local Families During “Fight Hunger Give Hope” Campaign
Homer, Mich. – March 24, 2014 – Local CITGO Marketer, Folk Oil and PS Food Mart Charities raised nearly $62,000 to support local food pantries through the fifth annual “Fight Hunger Give Hope” campaign. Thirty-one PS Food Mart locations across Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio surpassed their fundraising goal of $50,000 by encouraging customers to purchase $1 or $5 certificates, which were posted around the store as a sign of their support.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity each year from the communities we serve,” said Ed Heath, vice president of operations at Folk Oil. “The ‘Fight Hunger Give Hope’ campaign has been a part of PS Food Mart charities for five years. We look forward to raising even more money in the years to come and will continue our efforts to fight hunger in our local communities.”
The funds raised during the campaign will stay in the area to benefit local food banks, including the Homer Caring and Sharing Pantry, Branch Area Food Pantry, Williamston Food Bank, Jackson Community Food Pantry, the South Central Michigan Food Bank, Toledo Seagate Food Bank and several other local food pantries. The dollars raised will ensure that these local food pantries can supply healthy, nutritious meals to the hundreds of thousands of people who need it most.
PS Food Mart Charities is supported in its efforts by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, which participates in a wide variety of local charity and community programs. For more information about PS Food Mart and Folk Oil programs that support the local community and to find the closest PS Food Mart Store near you, visit www.PSFoodMart.com.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan own and operate more than 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities, including Homer. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
Last Year PS Foot Mart stores raised over $68,000 during the 2012 Fight Hunger, Give Hope Campaign.