Kansas City’s Largest Grocer Participated in Metro’s First-Ever Perishable Food Drive

Price Chopper, Kansas City’s largest grocer, hosted Kansas City’s first-ever perishable food drive. In partnership with Harvesters-The Community Food network and Channel 41 Action News, the local NBC television affiliate, the Fill the Fridge drive raised enough food and funds to create 130,981 meals for hungry people in Kansas City.

For five days in a row earlier this month, Harvesters parked a refrigerated truck in front of one of Price Chopper’s 49 stores. Shoppers were encouraged to donate perishable foods such as fresh produce, meat and dairy items. In all, customers donated more than 15,000 pounds of perishable food.

“Our customers always step up when we ask them to help us feed Kansas City’s hungry, and we knew we could count on them to help us Fill the Fridge,” says Casie Broker, Director of Marketing, Price Chopper. “It’s so important to get nutritious perishable foods in kids’ diets, and we were excited to be a part of this much-needed food drive.”

Price Chopper is a long-time Harvesters supporter, and provides more than a million meals for Kansas City’s hungry every year under its CHOP Hunger food and fund raising campaign.

Lannie Orburn, store director at the Price Chopper in Bonner Springs, Kansas, poses with Harvesters’ mascot, Harvey the Turkey.

The Bonner Springs High School Marching Band helped “drum up” support at the Fill the Fridge event at the Price Chopper in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Birds-eye view of perishable donations in a barrel in one of Harvesters’ refrigerated trucks.

Harvesters had a refrigerated truck outside a Price Chopper store every day for five days collecting perishable food donations from Price Chopper customers.

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