ACME Markets Supports Anti-Hunger Program For Local Camden School

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ACME Markets Supports Anti-Hunger Program For Local Camden School

Innovative Partnership Will Provide Weekend Meals to 150 Children at Camden, N.J. Elementary School for Three Years.
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.@acmemarkets assists 150 Bonsall Elementary students w/ wkend meals that volunteers prepare, thru @BlessinBackpack!
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 9:00am


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WILLINGBORO, N.J., June 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ – ACME Markets, a local supermarket chain operating more than 107 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, is partnering with Blessings in a Backpack and CBS EcoMedia to support the provision of free weekend meals for more than 150 students at Bonsall Elementary School in Camden, N.J. This program will provide weekend meals for three full school years with backpack food including easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal.

To celebrate the partnership, ACME Markets will host an employee volunteer activity today at 1:00 PM, where staff members at the Willingboro, N.J. (2091 Route 130 North) store will collect, package and distribute food for Bonsall Elementary. This year’s volunteer event marks the third year of the ACME partnership with Blessings in a Backpack.

“ACME is privileged to support the mission of Blessings in a Backpack, and each year we participate, we know that another 150 underserved children and their families will have healthy meals on the weekends. At ACME, it is part of our culture to give back to the communities we serve,” said Sherry Caldwell, ACME Director of Marketing.

Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. Thirty-one million students in the United States qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, and within the Camden City School District, approximately 95% of students are eligible for free lunches. While that program provides food during the week, these students often have little or no means of obtaining food on weekends. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that provides food for more than 72,000 elementary school children across 44 states on weekends during the school year, filling a significant hunger gap for these children.

About Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack, People Magazine’s Charity of 2012, is a results-oriented program that is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. For as little as $80 Blessings in a Backpack can feed one American school child in our program for an entire 38-week school year. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 72,000 children in 800 schools across 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (see all at

We are Feeding the Future of America® – one school at a time

About ACME Markets

ACME Markets Inc. began in 1891 when two friends, Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford, opened a small neighborhood grocery store in South Philadelphia, emphasizing quality products, low prices, and friendly service. Over 124 years later, ACME remains dedicated to providing a high-quality grocery experience that our customers have come to expect.  Today, ACME operates 107 stores, including Sav-On Pharmacies at select locations, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, employing more than 11,000 associates. The company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve.  For more information visit

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.

At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002.  In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media.

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide.  In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change.  Please visit, like us at or follow us at

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities.  EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.

Press Contact:
Theresa Schieber

Keywords: Philanthropy | ACME Markets | Blessings in a Backpack | Bonsall Elementary | CBS EcoMedia | New Jersey | Wellness | weekend meals


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