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Royer’s Stems Hunger collects 1,700 pounds of nonperishable food for area food banks

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive.

With your help, we collected 1,706 pounds of nonperishable items, bringing the food drive’s seven-year total to more than six tons.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which took place June 17-July 1, collected 163 pounds for the Greater Berks Food Bank and 1,543 pounds for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors received a free carnation.

Besides Royer’s 16 stores, the food drop-off locations included Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers in Carlisle, Dillsburg, Harrisburg, Hummelstown, Lancaster, Mount Joy and York.

Photo: Royer’s in West York collected the most pounds of nonperishable food (194) among our 16 stores. From left, Jamie Raffensberger, sales; Kelly Miller, assistant manager; Jackie Dahms, store manager; Jontra Marquardt, sales; Chris Lentz, designer.

2017 Stems Hunger food drive wish list

The 2017 edition of our annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off June 17-July 1 at any one of our stores. For every item, the donor will receive a free carnation, up to six per visit.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank notes that items rich in protein, which are essential to providing adequate nutrition, are the most desired food drive donation items.

These include:
• Peanut butter (to-go size)
• Shelf-stable 100 percent fruit juice
• Canned chicken or tuna
• Single-serve macaroni and cheese
• Shelf-stable milk (8 ounces)
• Almonds
• Individual fruit cups (peaches, pears, mixed fruit, 4 ounces)

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank asks that all items be labeled, factor- sealed and in good condition.

Royer’s Kids Club event June 17 to kick off Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive

Our annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – returns June 17-July 1 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

The Royer’s Kids Club will kick off the food drive with a June 17 event in all stores. Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to donate a nonperishable food item as the price of admission, and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants will receive a balloon and will have an opportunity to enter the kids club birthday card design contest.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

‘Royer’s Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 17-July 1

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Royer’s annual food drive returns June 17-July 1 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit.

Donations may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours.

Additional drop-off locations are available at seven area Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers: 3 Jennifer Court, Suite A, Carlisle; 120 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg; 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg; 8125 Adams Drive, Suite B, Hummelstown; 2125 Noll Drive, Suite 100, Lancaster; 755 E. Main St., Mount Joy; 1805 Loucks Road, Suite 200, York.

For the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s wish list, click here.

Royer’s annual food drive collects more than one ton for area food banks

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Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and Erica Bixby, manager of Royer’s in Hershey, which collected the most pounds of any Royer’s store.

Royer’s annual food drive collected more than one ton of non-perishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 18-July 2, “Royer’s Stems Hunger” asked customers to drop off donations at any Royer’s store in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

In return, customers received a free carnation for each food item, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

This year’s total of 2,061 pounds included contributions from five Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers in the midstate.

In its six-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food.

Royer’s Kids Club event June 18 to kick off annual ‘Royer’s Stems Hunger’ food drive

Royer’s annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will take place June 18-July 2 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Royer’s Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 18 for children ages 5 to 12.

They are asked to donate a non-perishable food item as the price of admission and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants also will have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at each of Royer’s 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

In its five-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly five tons of food.

Royer’s annual food drive returns June 18-July 2 to benefit food banks

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Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive returns June 18-July 2, now twice as long as it used to be and for the first time accepting online donations.

Royer’s Stems Hunger benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

In its five-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly five tons of food.

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit.

Donations may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours.

Additional drop-off locations are available at five area Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers:

  • 120 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg
  • 3399 Trindle Road, 2nd Floor, Camp Hill
  • 450 Powers Ave., Lower Level, Harrisburg
  • 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg
  • 5108 E. Trindle Road, Suite 200, Mechanicsburg

Meanwhile, to make a monetary contribution online, visit centralpafoodbank.org/RoyersStemsHunger.

Food and book drives expanding to two weeks

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Each of our two primary charitable endeavors — the Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive and Bouquets for Books children’s book drive — will expand to two weeks beginning this year.

They have been one-week events until now.

“Even with the tremendous success of these efforts, we think the potential exists to generate even more community involvement,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s.

“People are busy, and it takes some effort to shop for food or books and drop them off at our stores. We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to do that, because the need certainly is great.”

This year, Royer’s Stems Hunger will run from June 18 through July 2; Bouquets for Books will be Oct. 22 through Nov 5.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank, has collected nearly five tons of nonperishable food.

Bouquets for Books has collected more than 15,000 new children’s books for area public libraries in its first 10 years.

Royer’s food drive collects nearly 2,500 pounds for area food banks

From left, Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Jackie Dahms, manager of Royer's in West York; and Greg Royer, president and CEO, Royer's.
From left, Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; and Royer’s Jackie Dahms, manager of West York, which collected the most pounds of any Royer’s store; and Greg Royer, president and CEO.

Royer’s annual food drive collected 2,467 pounds of non-perishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 20-27, “Royer’s Stems Hunger” asked customers to drop off donations at any of our stores. In return, donors received a free carnation for each food item, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

Also contributing was Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, which participated in the food drive for the second year in a row. Drayer’s corporate office in Hummelstown and outpatient centers in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Colonial Park, Enola, Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg collected 307 pounds.

In its five-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly five tons of food.

Watch Fox 43’s Amy Lutz make an arrangement in less than a minute

For someone who claims not to have a green thumb, Fox 43 Morning News’ Amy Lutz got the hang of floral arranging pretty quickly.

“How do you know where to put them?” she asked Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, as he handed her cut carnations, daisies and roses.

“Well, that’s the beauty of it,” Barry said. “There is no right or wrong to it.”

Barry returned to Fox 43 to talk about Royer’s fifth annual “Stems Hunger” food drive to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank. A Royer’s Kids Club event will help to kick off the food drive, which runs June 20-27.

Children ages 5 to 12 will get to do what Lutz did: make a floral arrangement in an empty food can.

She wasn’t entirely satisfied with her work, but Barry insisted that once she placed a flower in the can, she had to leave it.

“What if it doesn’t fit right?” she said.

“It looks wonderful,” he said. “It’s in the eye of the beholder.”

You can view the full segment here: