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Macy’s helps ‘Bag Hunger’

Posted: August 27, 2008 6:57 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Macy's Valenica Vice President Robert Sleigh (left) and Macy's Valencia associates visit the SCV Food Pantry after raising $3,569.60 to benefit the Pantry.

Macy's Valencia exceeded its goal in the Macy's West 2008 Bag Hunger Food Drive and raised a total of $3,569.60 to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

"It's wonderful when all of the associates on our team come together to benefit the community and to have Macy's as an organization support you," said Robert Sleigh, Vice President Macy's Valencia.

Macy's Valencia associates raised $1,709.60 which was matched through Macy's Employees Match Funds Program with $1,360 plus an additional $500 for reaching their goal.

"The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry has seen a 58 percent increase in the number of clients served the first six months of 2008 compared to the same time last year." said Belinda Crawford, SCV Food Pantry executive director. "We appreciate the Macy's Valencia associates and Macy's West for their support and dedication to help those less fortunate in our community.

The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was established in 1986 by a grassroots group of community volunteers. The Pantry uses food donations from the community to provide supplemental food on a short-term basis to qualified local residents. Volunteers work together to sort food, prepare and distribute bags to clients.

The Macy's West 2008 Bag Hunger Food Drive collected more than 3.5 million pounds of food for local communities throughout the nation.

For information about food donations or volunteer opportunities at the SCV Food Pantry, call (661) 255-9078 or


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