Giving Back, Oct. 9

By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree Staff Writer

Giant Food Stores and its sister company, Martin’s Food Markets, raised $463,202 for local food banks during their annual Bag Hunger campaign. More than 85 regional food banks, local pantries and soup kitchens in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia benefited from this year’s campaign. Philabundance, which serves the Delaware Valley, received $49,588.

Pearl S. Buck International has received a $10,000 grant from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation to support its Public School Tours Scholarship Program. The grant will enable schools that have cut back or eliminated student field trips because of decreases in state funding to visit the Pearl S. Buck House in Hilltown without paying the customary student admission fees.

Janet Rogers (right), a Dublin Agway employee, and Doreen Stratton, a member of the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project steering committee, hold up some of the 87 pounds of vegetable seeds donated by the company. The seeds, worth $500, will eventually make their way to the Simba Maasai Outreach Organization in Kenya, where they are destined for future planting in greenhouses built by that organization.

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