8 million pounds of food donated to food banks

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Ocean State Job Lot, a 127-store discount retail chain, recently announced the 2017 Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation's "Three Square Meals" hunger relief program throughout the Northeast.

Three Square Meals is the single largest food assistance program of its kind in the region. The program will distribute more than 200 tractor-trailer loads of food throughout the year to 16 food banks which, in turn, distribute to thousands of pantries, kitchens and meal sites across six New England states, and New York and New Jersey, including: Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Connecticut Food Bank, Foodshare, Gathe, New Horizons For New Horizons, Inc., Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc., Society of St. Vincent DePaul, New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH), Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Worcester County Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Vermont Food Bank, Boston Medical Center Food Pantry, Greater Boston Food Bank, Long Island Cares, NORWESCAP, Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9:30 a.m., the first delivery of food for this year's program will be made via convoy of 25 tractor trailer trucks each loaded with approximately 40,000 pounds of nutritious, shelf-stable food, marking the initial installment of a total eight million pounds of food delivered throughout 2017-18.

This is the equivalent of 400,000 meals.

Funds for Three Square Meals are raised between November and December through a combination of in-store customer donations at the register, contributions from the business community, and matching funds from the Job Lot Charitable Foundation. Job Lot then leverages its wholesale buying power and retailing expertise to purchase food at significant value. It also donates the cost of operational support, including delivery, insurance, warehousing, fuel, labor and other expenses to ensure that 100 percent of every dollar raised goes to the plate to help families and individuals in need. Food items to be distributed include pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, canned tuna, dried beans, rice, and more.

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