HOMER, Mich. – April 5, 2016 – Folk Oil Company, a local CITGO Petroleum Corporation Marketer, and its PS Food Mart Stores, surpassed last year’s fundraising efforts by more than $8,000 in its seventh annual “Fight Hunger Give Hope” campaign. Taking place March 1-14 and reaching an impressive total of $86,000, this annual fundraiser helps to provide over half a million meals through local food banks, pantries and backpack programs located in the same areas as PS Food Mart locations.
“We are so grateful year after year for the generous efforts of PS Food Mart customers. Thanks to them, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan will continue to put food on the tables of families in communities across Michigan,” said Holly Cavinder of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. “‘Fight Hunger Give Hope’ is an amazing campaign and we appreciate the ongoing support of PS Food Mart Stores and Folk Oil.”
Customers at PS Food Mart Stores in Branch, Calhoun, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties were asked to “tear a square” and make a $1 or $5 donation to the “Fight Hunger Give Hope” campaign. The money raised in these locations was donated to more than 30 local food pantries and backpack programs serviced by the Food Bank of South Central Michigan and other regional food banks.
“At Folk Oil and PS Food Mart, we are extremely pleased about the amount raised this year to combat hunger locally through our ‘Fight Hunger Give Hope’ fundraiser,” said Vice President of Folk Oil, Jim Linton. “We are also grateful for the support of CITGO, our partners, our employees and our customers who allow us to make a real impact on families who are ‘food insecure’ every day.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, in 2014 48.1 million American households were uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food. Local food banks like the Food Bank of South Central Michigan make a meaningful impact on more than 189,300 individuals in need across the state annually. PS Food Mart and Folk Oil‘s contribution to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan continues to play a crucial role in helping to alleviate hunger for the families served by the food bank.
To learn more about this initiative or how you can help the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, visit http://psfoodmart.com/Philanthropyor http://www.foodbankofscm.org/. For more about how CITGO and its Marketers and Retailers are giving back to their local communities, visit http://www.fuelinggood.com/.
About PS Food Mart
PS Food Mart Charities is supported in its efforts by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, which participates in a wide variety of local charity and community programs. For more information about PS Food Mart and Folk Oil programs that support the local community and to find the closest PS Food Mart Store near you, visit http://www.psfoodmart.com/.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan own and operate more than 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact generated by CITGO in local communities and classrooms, visit http://www.fuelinggood.com/.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit http://www.citgo.com/.