Securing 1.9 million meals for local families in need and restocking eight local food banks with more than 240 tons of needed non-perishable goods, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 announced the final results for their second annual Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food drive on Saturday, April 28. Hosted in partnership with Stop & Shop Supermarkets, 254 individual Stop & Shop store locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut served as community collection sites for the station’s massive, one-day food collection campaign.
Saturday’s totals also doubled the results from the stations’ 2017 inaugural food drive. Last year, the stations’ first Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food drive generated 900,000 meals and more than 120 tons of non-perishable goods for local families in need.
“WNBC is committed to fighting hunger and making a difference in every community we serve. On Saturday, we did just that. Together with our partners at Telemundo 47, we launched a massive, one day call-to-action unprecedented for our stations in both size and scope. I would like to thank our viewers for participating and donating; nearly two million meals will now be delivered to local families in need,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
With food banks facing their greatest need between the months of January and August, all non-perishable donations were delivered to eight participating food banks for direct distribution to local families. The participating food banks include the Connecticut Food Bank, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Fulfill Food Bank, Food Bank for New York City, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Food Share Food Bank of Hartford and the Island Harvest Food Bank.
“Alimentando a Nuestras Familias was the largest, most successful community initiative in our station’s history. Working together with WNBC and our partners at Stop & Shop, our viewers’ generosity will help our area food banks, families and children. The results are truly remarkable and will make a difference for so many across our region,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
On the day of the food drive, more than 1,000 volunteers, including anchors, reporters and staff from NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47, as well as Stop & Shop associates and representatives from local area food banks helped to collect non-perishable goods at Stop & Shop’s Tri-State locations. Stop and Shop also donated $50,000 to support the work of the participating Tri-State food banks.
“Stop & Shop was proud to support the 2018 Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food drive in partnership with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 in 254 of our store locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We would like to thank our customers, associates and volunteers for making the drive such an overwhelming success which will help so many of our neighbors facing food insecurity.,” said Phil Tracey, Stop & Shop Director of Community Relations.
Stop & Shop is the Tri-State’s largest supermarket and has been a strong partner of area food banks and hunger relief organizations for decades. Stop & Shop shares in their food bank partner’s mission to feed our neighbors in need and help put an end to hunger. Each year, Stop & Shop donates millions of meals to communities throughout the tri-state area.
For more information about NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s April 28 Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive, please visit NBCNewYork.com, Telemundo47.com, StopandShop.com or any participating food bank or food rescue organization.