The Roundy’s website explains that each of the 50 pantries received 3,000 pounds of food, valued at $4,500, and $500 with which to purchase fresh meat and produce.
The company started their tours back in 2006, and each year they partner with Kobussen Buses, a local school-bus, coach, and transit service, to assist the food banks. “We are happy to do it,” said Roundy’s Chairman Robert Mariano. “Our economy has hit people hard. More and more people are seeking help from food pantries. We hope this tour, in a small way, will help those in need in the communities we serve.”
It is common for food-pantry donations to slow down during the spring, and their inventories often start to dwindle after the well-publicized food drives around Thanksgiving and Christmas. April is a perfect time for a much-appreciated infusion. “We need it,” said Roseanne Erdman, director of Peter’s Pantry in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, one of the event’s recipients. “Roundy’s donation comes at a time when our pantry is low and in between food drives. This much food will help us feed a lot of families.”