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Food Drive this Saturday at all Smith's locations

Published on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 (1:49 p.m.)


Annual Food Drive Provides Enough Food For Families at Ronald McDonald House for the Year

• While you’re out shopping for the big game this weekend, pick up an item for the House!
• Imagine buying all your groceries for the year on one shopping day. For the Ronald McDonald House® of Greater Las Vegas, that day is Saturday, Feb. 2.
• Help pack our brand new pantry shelves!
LAS VEGAS, NV (Jan. 29, 2013) - All participating Smith’s Food & Drug locations throughout the greater Las Vegas area will be hosting an annual food drive for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in recognition of National Food Check-Out Day. With the big game on Sunday, Saturday is the perfect day for grocery shopping at Smith’s and helping out Ronald McDonald House® too.
Volunteers will be on hand at Smith’s Food Stores to provide information and assist shoppers in making their donations - more than 300 volunteers make this food drive possible, sorting, stocking shelves and more. Ronald McDonald House Wish Lists will be available as patrons enter each Smith’s store, at the RMHC volunteer table, inviting them to pick up items for families staying at the House as they shop.
“The remarkable thing about this food drive is that in one day, we receive everything we need to provide our families with food and a clean and comfortable place to stay for the entire year,” says Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House. “We’ll have stacks of cereal boxes and canned goods coming in as volunteers place the food on our brand new Elfa Shelving provided by The Container Store®. And our freezers will fill with meats and frozen dinners – all because of the generosity of individuals in this city!”
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FOOD DRIVE – pg. 2
Food Check Out Day is recognized by the National Farm Bureau as the day of the year when most Americans will have earned enough income to pay for their yearly food supply. This is the 12th - year Las Vegas Smith’s stores have supported the Ronald McDonald House annual food drive, which stocks the shelves with non-perishable and frozen food items, paper products such as toilet paper and napkins, and cleaning supplies. In 2012, we received more than 11.5 tons of food and more than $14,000 in cash donations, making it the most successful food drive to date!
The Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas provides a “home away from home” for families who must travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children. These families face great hardship while their children undergo hospitalization or out-patient care for serious illness or trauma, and the Ronald McDonald House offers a place of comfort and support while they’re away from home.

MEDIA ARE INVITED to visit these key
Smith’s locations, 10 am - 2 pm:
• 4600 E Sunset Rd/Mt. Vista
• 2211 N Rampart Blvd./Lake Mead
• 2385 E Windmill Ln./Eastern
MEDIA ARE INVITED to see the pantry shelves filling at Ronald McDonald House, 1 – 3 pm:
2323 Potosi Street, near Decatur/Sahara
intersection, north of Sahara
Call for Interviews with:
Alyson McCarthy, RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Executive Director
Bob Day, Smith’s Food and Drug Human Resource Coordinator and RMHC Board Member

About RMHC of Greater Las Vegas
Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children in our community. We fulfill our mission by providing a home-away-from-home at the Ronald McDonald House® for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children, and manage programs that service the immediate needs of children and families in our community.

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