Weis Markets is launching its second-annual Fight Hunger Food Drive, a month-long, chain-wide program offering its customers an opportunity to donate shelf-stable products to local food banks and emergency food providers. The program will begin Thursday September 3 and run through the end of September. It will be held in Weis Markets stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia and in Elmira, New York. “September is Hunger Action month and an important time for food banks as they prepare for the winter months. During these difficult economic times, there has been a significant increase in food bank demand in the areas we serve. We can help,” said David J. Hepfinger, Weis Markets’ President and CEO. “Our Fight Hunger Food Drive gives our associates and customers the opportunity to support eleven food banks and the hundreds of emergency food providers they serve. In addition, our company will be donating $200,000 to these food banks at the end of the campaign.” Karen Buch, Weis Markets Director of Lifestyle Initiatives, added, “We have worked with food banks to compile a list of the shelf-stable foods they need most, including: cereal, apple sauce, pasta, granola bars, canned beans, 100% fruit juice, canned fruit, grated cheese, rice, boxed mac and cheese, peanut butter, soups, canned sauces, instant potatoes, canned chicken and fish, canned vegetables and boxed skillet dinners.” New this year is the availability of $3, $5 and $10 vouchers which can be purchased at each cash register. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to area food banks in the form of gift card donations so they can easily fill in any gaps in their food supplies. A new, convenient pre-filled Fight Hunger Donation Bag will also be available at stores, containing pasta, sauce, fruit, vegetables, tuna, cereal and soup—all for less than seven dollars. After customers purchase the foods they would like to donate, they can simply place the items in a specially-marked collection cart near checkout. Donors will be invited to place a “Fight Hunger” sticker on each store’s front window poster. The Fight Hunger Food Drive will benefit: The 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, NJ); Philabundance (Philadelphia); and Mountaineer Food Bank (West Virginia). More information on the Fight Hunger Food Donation Program and our partner food banks is available on Weis Markets’ website at weismarkets.com or by calling Weis Markets Customer Service at (866)999-9347. Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) is a Mid-Atlantic food retailer operating 165 stores in five states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.