Dietz & Watson Premium Deli Meats and Cheeses of Philadelphia recently presented a $1,000 check to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation during a ceremony at Berkot’s Super Foods in New Lenox.
The check was part of $3,000 in donations made to local organizations through the company’s Families Helping Families initiative, which is now in its second year.
Checks for $1,000 also were presented to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at two of the company’s other retail partners.
Dietz & Watson raised the funds by donating up to 10 cents per pound of deli meats and cheeses purchased at supermarket service delis during November and December.
Check presentations also took place at Tony’s Fresh Market in Berwyn and Valli International Fresh Market in Arlington Heights.
At each event, samples of deli meats and cheese were served, and giveaways were presented to staff, press and other visitors, courtesy of the supermarkets and Dietz & Watson.
Families Helping Families is a Dietz & Watson charitable purchase program run in conjunction with partner supermarkets around the country that encourages consumers to purchase Dietz & Watson products at their local service delis to support a local charity or organization within the retailer’s community.
Last year’s Dietz & Watson Families Helping Families program in key markets around the country resulted in donations of more than $70,000 to local charities.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey.
The foundation is named in memory of her 8-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a five-and-a-half-year battle with Wilms tumor, a pediatric cancer.
The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago specializes in the treatment of pediatric disease and injuries.