PITTSTOWN, N.J.—QuickChek employees from its corporate headquarters, support center in Whitehouse Station, N.J., and local store team members picked peaches at America’s Grow-a-Row farm in Pittstown, N.J., and donated the peaches to those in need. The trees the volunteers thinned will produce roughly 21,000 pounds of peaches, which is the equivalent of 84,000 servings of peaches.
“We could not have accomplished this without the volunteers from QuickChek,” said America’s Grow-a-Row Programming Associate Erica Stevenson. “We appreciate their taking a few hours out of their day to help those in need and make an impact in the community.”
QuickChek’s impact will be further increased by its “Pennies for Produce” campaign in which company stores collected coins at store checkout between March 12 and June 4 to aid the Hunterdon County organization’s mission of positively impacting as many lives as possible through the planting, picking, rescuing and delivering of free fresh produce.
Customers at company stores donated $67,000 during the campaign. For each $1 raised, America's Grow-a-Row can provide five servings of fresh produce to those struggling with food insecurity. The $67,000 raised equals 335,000 servings of fresh produce.
“We’re proud to continue our support of America’s Grow-a-Row in their mission to fight hunger and as always, we wish to thank our team members for giving so much of themselves and we also thank our loyal customers for their continued generosity in helping us help our neighbors,” said QuickChek Vice President of Marketing and Operations Don Leech. “We join America’s Grow-a-Row in their belief that everyone deserves fresh food for healthy living.”
In 2021, a team of volunteers harvested 26,660 pounds of cabbage at America’s Grow-a-Row, which was then distributed by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to local area families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday.