Save Mart Companies extends holiday fundraising drive

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FoodMaxx at 13220 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo.

By Kathy Chouteau

The largest family-owned grocer in California is doubling down on its efforts to feed the hungry by extending its Holiday Fundraising Drive to Dec. 31. Now through the end of the year, shoppers at all Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California and FoodMaxx stores throughout California and Northern Nevada can support the annual Give.Share.CARE! Holiday Drive by donating at checkout.

“With so many struggling with food insecurity especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the support from our generous customers is making a difference and goes a long way toward helping our neighbors during this holiday season,” said Hal Levitt, senior vice president of retail operations.

Participating in the Holiday Drive is as easy as apple pie: Customers can add their donation at checkout, which will be noted on their receipt. According to officials from the Save Mart Companies, $2 feeds one person breakfast; $3 feeds one person lunch; and $5 feeds one person dinner.

“To maximize the positive impact on the communities, 100 percent of all donations will go to local food banks,” said officials.

If last year is any indication, even the smallest donation to the Give.Share.CARE! Holiday Drive can make a big impact. In 2019, the effort raised more than $260,000 via the Save Mart Companies’ 206 stores, ultimately benefiting more than 35 food banks throughout California and Northern Nevada.

Learn more about the Save Mart Companies here.