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Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest runs now through July 17

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We’re looking for budding artists to enter our annual birthday card design contest.

The winning design will adorn the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card, which will be emailed to all kids club members on their birthdays. (You can see last year’s winning card to the left.)

The artist will receive free flowers on his or her birthday.

The contest is open to children ages 5 to 12. The deadline to enter is July 17.

The entry form may be downloaded at www.royers.com/kidsclub and dropped off at the nearest Royer’s.

Royer’s Kids Club event June 20 to kick off annual ‘Stems Hunger’ food drive

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Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will take place June 20-27 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 20 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 to fill with flowers and take home.

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

Time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 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.

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

Royer’s food drive back for fifth year, June 20-27

Look for barrels like these in all of our stores.
Look for barrels like these in all of our stores.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, our annual food drive, will return June 20-27 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Customers who donate a non-perishable food item during the event will receive a free carnation, up to six flowers per family per visit.

The food drive will be the theme of our June 20 Royer’s Kids Club event; more details to come on that in the days ahead.

Our friends at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute will be helping us again this year, collecting food at the company’s outpatient physical therapy centers in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Colonial Park, Enola, Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg.

Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive tops 2,100 pounds collected for area food banks

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From left, Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Jackie Dahms, manager, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ West York store; Greg Royer, CEO, Royer’s. The West York store was recognized for collecting the most pounds of food among Royer’s 17 locations.

Our annual Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive collected 2,157 pounds of non-perishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 20-28, “Royer’s Stems Hunger” asked customers to drop off donations at any of our stores. In return, customers received a free carnation for each food item, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

The stores collected 1,638 pounds of food and $182.15 in cash contributions.

Also contributing was Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, which participated in the food drive for the first time. Drayer’s outpatient centers in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Lancaster, Lebanon and Mechanicsburg collected 519 pounds and $75.

Thanks to Drayer and to everyone else who has helped to make our event so successful. In its first four years, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected more than 7,100 pounds of food for the food banks.

 

Royer’s brings annual food drive to Fox 43 Morning News

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Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, prepares for his live appearance on Fox 43 Morning News to talk about Royer’s annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, and to offer some tips on things children can do with flowers this summer.

It’s summertime and the living is easy, the song lyric goes. But life isn’t easy if there isn’t enough food to eat at home.

Royer’s annual food drive — Royer’s Stems Hunger — began in 2011 as a way to address some of that need. The food drive, which this year runs June 20-28, benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, visited Fox 43 Morning News today to explain how Royer’s Stems Hunger works. It’s pretty simple: give a nonperishable food item, get a free carnation (up to six per family per visit). Barry told Fox 43’s Amanda McCall that food donations are welcome no matter the quantity.

“Just a little of something is great,” Barry said. “We’ll give you a carnation. Some people say, ‘I don’t even want the carnations.’ Take the carnations. It’s bright for your house.”

To help kick off the food drive, the Royer’s Kids Club is holding a free event on Saturday. Participants ages 5 to 12 will get to make an arrangement — in an empty food can. Call your nearest Royer’s to register; time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Barry showed off some other projects that children can make with flowers at home this summer.

The segment is available here:

Royer’s Kids Club event June 21 to help kick off annual food drive

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Royer’s annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will take place June 20-28. The Royer’s Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 21 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 that they can fill with flowers to take home.

Participants also will receive a free balloon and have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest for a chance to win a flower delivery.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at each of our 17 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store; click here for locations and contact information.

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

 

Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive returns June 20-28

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Royer’s annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will return June 20-28 to collect non-perishable food items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (see video below) and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Customers are asked to bring nonperishable food donations to any Royer’s Flowers & Gifts store and place them in a collection barrel. For each food item, they will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

In its first three years, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly 5,000 pounds of food for the two food banks.

Kids club event takes bite out of hunger

Participants in the Royer’s Kids Club event on June 22 demonstrated a “can”-do spirit in the fight against hunger.

Thanks to the more than 130 children and their parents who came out in support of our annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger. We asked participants to donate a canned good or other non-perishable food item as the price of admission in conjunction with the food drive, which benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

You can see photos from the event below.

Meanwhile, the remaining 2013 kids clubs events and their themes are:

  • Aug. 17: Back to school
  • Oct. 26: Halloween/Bouquets for Books

Royer’s Stems Hunger: food bank wish list

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which runs June 21-29, is collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Banks.

Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, listed peanut butter, cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, and canned fruits and vegetables among the items on the food banks’ wish lists.

“All the typical staples you would think of that you would have in your own pantry at home,” he said.

To learn more about what your food donation means to the food banks and to those in need in our communities, watch this interview with Peterson:

Royer’s Stems Hunger: summer is a time of need for food banks

While we often think of hunger during the holiday season, it’s a year-round problem.

“Many people in central Pennsylvania think of summer as a time of harvest and a time of plenty, and while that is true at least somewhat, it’s also a time of great need, especially for children,” said Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

“Children who rely on school lunches and breakfasts during the school year, don’t have that opportunity during the summer. So those children are coming to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for more of their nutritional needs.”

Our annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, is June 21-29 and will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

In this video, Peterson describes some of the items on the food banks’ wish lists: