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Independence ACE Hardware Presents Check to Master Provisions

IThe ACE Hardware store in Independence presented a check to Master Provisions, donating proceeds from a point-of-sale campaign during the month of October.

ACE Hardware’s owner Bill Winegardner presented the check for $1,713 to Master Provisions president Roger Babik.

“We’re excited to help Master Provisions in their mission to connect resources to needs,” said Winegardner. “And we’re grateful to our customers who gave so generously to the important cause of fighting hunger in our community.”

Master Provisions gathers surplus resources and distributes them to nonprofits in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati that serve families living in crisis. In 2016, they made over 3.2 million pounds of food available to soup kitchens, shelters, and neighborhood food pantries that feed the hungry.

“We are grateful for Bill’s leadership and vision to mobilize customers twice each year to help Master Provisions serve those in need,” said Babik. “As Thanksgiving approaches, we thank God for our friends at ACE Hardware in Independence.”

During the campaign, ACE employees gave their customers the opportunity to add a small donation to their payment as they checked out. The campaign occurred throughout the month of October, with store displays that explained the mission of Master Provisions to help fight hunger among our neighbors.

Babik explained that Master Provisions works with area wholesalers who donate large quantities of surplus food. This keeps the surplus from going to waste, and is primarily fresh foods, including fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and dairy products.

Master Provisions’ role is to transport and store the food safely and then distribute the food to agencies who feed hungry families. Master Provisions also provides food and logistics support for mobile food pantries held on the last Saturday of each month in Covington and Ludlow. These pantries serve over 600 families monthly.

-Staff report

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