King Kullen Gives Back to Community with ‘Check Out Hunger’ Campaign

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King Kullen supports Long Island Cares and Harry Chapin Food Bank by raising money through the “Check Out Hunger” campaign.

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King Kullen, America’s first supermarket, has again come to the aid of Long Islanders in need by hosting a “Check Out Hunger” campaign in its store, raising $30,594. The money was donated to the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank, which has been serving the hungry on Long Island since 1980.

King Kullen Co-President Brian C. Cullen stated, “King Kullen has been a supporter of the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank for years. We are pleased that through the generosity of our customers who contributed to the ‘Check Out Hunger’ campaign, King Kullen is yet again able to assist Long Island Cares in its critical mission of providing emergency food where and when it is needed. Helping those in need in our local communities is a tradition that goes back to my grandfather, Michael J. Cullen, who founded King Kullen in 1930.”

In 1997, King Kullen was the first supermarket chain to participate in the annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign, a unique partnership between Long Island Cares and the shopping community. This year’s campaign ran from October through Dec. 31, 2013, with shoppers tearing off and scanning $1, $3, or $5 donation coupons while checking out at the register. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to Long Island Cares.

“King Kullen has a long history of making a difference in the fight against hunger, and its customers have always been charitable in supporting our mission,” said Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank Executive Director Paule T. Pachter. “Together, we have helped improve the lives of our neighbors on Long Island during this time of economic uncertainty. We are very grateful to King Kullen and its customers for their steadfast support.”

Lending a Helping Hand: King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. (Bethpage, NY), recently provided a donation of more than $30,000 to the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank. On hand for the check presentation was (from l. to r.) King Kullen Co-President Brian C. Cullen; King Kullen Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer Joseph W. Brown, who also serves as President of Long Island Cares; Long Island Cares Executive Director Paule T. Pachter; and King Kullen Co-President J. Donald Kennedy.

About the company: Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket. Michael J. Cullen opened the doors of King Kullen in 1930. Today, four generations later, King Kullen is still family-owned and operated. It remains a leader in the supermarket industry. From that very first store in 1930, King Kullen today operates 39 supermarkets and four Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly-baked breads and sweets, and healthy and organic areas, with pharmacies in many stores as well. For information about King Kullen, please visit their website at:

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