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Weis Markets raises over $200K in Fight Hunger food drive

BY Allison Cerra

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets’ month-long Fight Hunger food drive generated $210,000 in customer food and monetary donations to local food banks and pantries throughout its five state marketing area. The company will complement its customers’ giving with $200,000 in corporate donations to eight regional food banks.

“This year, we offered our customers more giving options which resulted in higher overall donations,” said Dave Hepfinger, Weis Markets’ president and CEO. “Our combined food and monetary donations — customer and corporate — will help provide approximately 328,000 meals to the less the well off in our communities at a time when food bank demand continues to grow.”

Weis Markets Fight Hunger food drive ran during Hunger Action Month in September. In addition to product donations, Weis customers made $108,000 in monetary donations, which will be given to the 86 separate emergency food organizations collecting food donations from Weis Markets’ stores.

Weis Markets $200,000 corporate donations will benefit: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast, Pa.; The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Harrisburg); The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Williamsport); The Maryland Food Bank; The Commission on Economic Opportunity/The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton); Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading); Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira); Northwest Community Action Program NORWESCAP Food Bank (Phillipsburg, N.J.); and Mountaineer Food Bank (W. Va.).

New this year was the availability of $3, $5 and $10 vouchers which could be purchased at each cash register. Stores also sold new, convenient pre-filled Fight Hunger Donation Bags containing pasta, sauce, fruit, vegetables, tuna, cereal and soup — all for less than seven dollars.

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Report: Kwik Shops to test drive-thru pharmacies in partnership with Dillons

BY Allison Cerra

WICHITA, Kan. Two Kroger-owned stores will launch a pilot program that merges the company’s convenience store and pharmacy concepts.

Dillions pharmacies will be implemented in two Kansas Kwik Shop convenience stores, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Dillons spokesperson Sheila Lowrie told the newspaper construction will start late next month. The new pharmacies, which will include drive-thrus, will open in early spring. Additionally, customers will be able to fill prescriptions and speak to pharmacists on site.

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Screen Dreams Publishing to release ‘Living Fireplace: Volume 2’

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Screen Dreams Publishing, a leading developer and distributor of lively ambient imagery DVDs for all flat panel HDTVs, introduces a new and improved version of the top selling “fireplace” DVD with the release of “Living Fireplace: Volume 2” available on Nov. 2 on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray.

Featuring 20 unique scenes shot in 1080p and 720p high definition video- four of which are specifically themed for Christmas, and 10 soothing music and natural sound effects tracks.

“Our new and improved Living Fireplace: Volume 2 is the perfect holiday gift and offers more features and scenes than ever before,” said Stephen Spivak, founder and president of Screen Dreams Publishing Inc. “Since launching Living Fireplace four years ago, we continue to be the leader in ‘fireplace’ DVDs with our unparalleled variety of unique scenes, crisp HD picture, calming sound effects, and gorgeous music tracks that allow Living Fireplace: Volume 2  to instantly transform any HDTV into a vibrant window of warmth.”

Living Fireplace: Volume 2 is available through all major distributors and online at www.ScreenDreamsDVD.com. National retailers include Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Sam’s Club, RC Willey and many more.

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