King Kullen, “America’s First Supermarket,” recently came to the aid of Long Islanders in need by hosting a “Check Out Hunger” campaign in its stores, raising $35,000. The money was donated to the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank, which has been serving the hungry on Long Island since 1980.
“King Kullen has been a longtime supporter of the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank,” said King Kullen Co-President Brian C. Cullen. “We are pleased to partner with our customers who contributed to ‘Check Out Hunger’ to assist Long Island Cares in its mission to provide emergency food where and when it is needed.”
In 1997, King Kullen was the first supermarket chain to participate in the annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign, a unique partnership between Long Island Cares and the shopping community in which customers can make a donation with a coupon when checking out at the supermarket register.
“Helping those in need in the communities we serve is a tradition that dates back to my grandfather, Michael J. Cullen, who founded King Kullen in 1930,” said Cullen.
This year’s campaign ran from October through December. One hundred percent of all donations go to Long Island Cares.
“King Kullen has a long history of making a difference in the fight against hunger and its customers have always been charitable in supporting our mission,” said Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank Executive Director Paule T. Pachter. “Together, we continue to help improve the lives of our neighbors on Long Island.”
Headquartered in Bethpage, King Kullen is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as American’s first supermarket. Founded in 1930 by Michael J. Cullen, King Kullen operates 32 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores across Long Island.