Martin's donates hams

March 24, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- In recognition of the Easter holiday, Martin's Food Stores will donate nearly 10,000 hams to regional food banks and hunger organizations across its four-state market area.

A truck convoy from the Carlisle, Pa., distribution center on Friday morning will deliver more than 180 hams to Food Resources Inc. at 220 McRand Court west of Hagerstown.

Ruth Anne Callaham, executive director of Food Resources, said her agency is pleased to be part of such a generous donation. Each donated ham will provide two meals for a family of four - a gift of more than 1,400 meals, Callaham said.

The distribution of the hams will be in the form of Easter dinner boxes to several food banks in the area who will "make sure they are in the homes of families in need by the Easter holiday," Callaham said.


Tracy Pawelski, spokesman for Martin's Food Stores' corporate office in Carlisle, Pa., said by telephone Monday that this is the first time Martin's has undertaken a project of such magnitude.

"This is a continuation of Martin's' fight against hunger," Pawelski said. "We feel hunger relief is a natural fit for a food retailer."

She alluded to a donation of $10,000 in cash to Food Resources Inc. last fall when the new Martin's store was opened in the North End of Hagerstown.

Food Resources will use the money to establish a Kids' Café, a meal program for low-income children in after-school programs at Boys and Girls Club of Washington County and Memorial Recreation Center.

The 26 Martin's Food Markets in four states are owned by Giant Food Stores, with headquarters in Carlisle. Three of those stores are in Hagerstown.

"All three of those store managers will be there Friday when the hams are delivered to Food Resources," Pawelski said.

Assisting in giving out the ham dinner boxes will be Habitat for Humanity, Life House Bethel Church Food Bank, Trinity Lutheran Church Food Bank, Community Food Bank at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Interfaith Service Coalition in Hancock and South County Food Bank.

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