Tyrone BiLo program helps company contribute to needs of 641 hungry families

Tyrone BiLo and other BiLos across Pennsylvania participated in the Project Caring food drive, which helped more than 600 hungry families across the state enjoy a happier holiday season in 2003.
It was announced last week that Project Caring collected enough food from BiLo customer donations to feed 641 families.
BiLo also raised $15,525 in cash donations from shoppers to help feed those in need through the program, which ran November 16 through December 13, 2003.
Each BiLo across the area, including the one located in Tyrone had a specially marked collection bin for customer donations of critically needed canned and non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, cereal, soup, chili and canned fruits and vegetables. Shoppers could also donate money by adding $1 to their grocery order.
The food and money collected by the Tyrone BiLo was given to the Tyrone Area Salvation Army. The items were then distributed to those in need during the holiday season.
The other participating BiLos gave both the food and money donations to their local divisions of The Salvation Army for distribution to those in need.
According to Tyrone BiLo cashier, Gini Sessamen, this was the second year that Tyrone BiLo participated in the Project Caring food drive.
“BiLo is a part of the community and likes to give back during the holiday season,” explained Sessamen in a past interview with The Daily Herald.
She also added that Tyrone residents like to give during the holiday season.
“Helping to feed the hungry is one of the ways BiLo is working harder to serve our communities, and we are delighted that Project Caring was able to lend a hand to so many people,” said director of consumer and public affairs for The Penn Traffic Company, Mary Anne Hankins. “We are proud of the generosity of our customers, and we thank them and The Salvation Army for helping to make Project Caring a success.”
The Penn Traffic Company operates 31 corporate BiLo supermarkets in Pennsylvania and 27 associated BiLo and Riverside stores.
Also, the Penn Traffic Company operates 114 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, central and upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire under the BiLo, P&C and Quality trade names.
Penn Traffic also operates a wholesale food distribution business serving 75 licensed franchises and 42 independent operators.