SKOKIE, Ill., Sept 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Peapod is celebrating its 20 millionth delivery by coordinating hunger-relief efforts in the communities it serves. The online grocer has partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Midwest Food Bank in Indiana and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Peapod shoppers and employees will contribute food, friends and funds to the hungry in their local communities.
"Our goal is to raise money, volunteer our time and bring food to the growing numbers of families who are turning to food pantries to make ends meet," says Andrew Parkinson, Peapod president and co-founder. "We've made more than 20 million food deliveries to over 23 markets over the last 22 years, so we'd like to honor our success by giving back and making a difference in our local communities."
Starting September 1st until September 29th, Peapod is matching contributions made by Peapod.com shoppers to its partner food banks up to $5000. The grocer is also doing volunteer work at the food banks and bringing a truck filled to the brim with much needed shelf-stable food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Tuesday, September 20th.
"We are so grateful for Peapod's support of Hunger Action Month," said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "Peapod's contributions of food, funds and volunteer time will help us respond as 59 percent more people turn to pantries versus three years ago."
Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy people, Peapod today stands as the country's leading Internet grocer, serving 23 U.S. markets in communities in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey. An Ahold USA company, Peapod has made over 20 million deliveries since its late 1980s inception. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (573.2763); e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.peapod.com.