Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – returns June 22-July 6 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Helping Harvest (formerly 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.
Forty million people face hunger in the United States – more than the entire population of Canada, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The need is acute during the summer months for more than 18 million children who lose access to free and reduced-price meals through schools.
While the holidays are a time of great giving, needs in our communities exist year-round. Summers are tough for some families because the school break cuts off access to food programs.
So for the past seven summers, our “Royer’s Stems Hunger” food drive has collected nonperishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and for the Greater Berks Food Bank. In its history, Stems Hunger has collected more than six tons of food.
Stems Hunger returns this year from June 16-30. For donating at any of our 16 stores, we’ll give you a free carnation for each item, up to six per visit.
In addition, seven Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers in the region will collect food for Stems Hunger.
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.
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.
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.