Some background of food donations
To the editor:
On a recent visit to Ocean State Job Lot, I asked the front desk supervisor about the holiday donation program they are running for the local food pantries. The information about where exactly the donated dollars were going was a bit fuzzy, so I contacted the corporate office in Rhode Island. Here is the clarification about how their program works.
Ocean State asks customers for money at check out. Local food pantries (there are 3 in Peterborough) never get the money. The money collected from all Ocean States in New Hampshire is retained by the business, and the stores make an “in kind” donation of food products from their combined stores to the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester. This also allows them to take a tax write off.
During the year, Ocean State Job Lot stores are a frequent contributor to the New Hampshire Food Bank, who then supply food to local area pantries such as ours. This is a good thing. The New Hampshire Food Bank depends on partnerships with big box retail stores to provide inventory. So overall, Ocean State is helping in the fight to end hunger in New Hampshire.
I thought it was important to clarify this, as I get asked about their program frequently this time of year.
President, Board Peterborough Human Services Fund