BARRE, VT - Vermonters shopped till they dropped on the day before Thanksgiving and raised over $7,000 to fight hunger. Lenny's Shoe and Apparel held their 3rd annual Charity Sale on November 21st, and the store and its customers collectively raised $7,018.04 for the Vermont Foodbank. This morning, Lenny's owner Mark McCarthy presented that donation to Vermont Foodbank Chief Development Officer Christine Foster.

“With federal cuts to nutrition programs, high unemployment, and the looming winter months, support for the Vermont Foodbank has never been more important,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “This week alone, 8,200 different Vermonters will walk through the doors at food shelves and meal sites in need of assistance and we are so grateful to Lenny's Shoe and Apparel for their continued support that is ensuring our ability to feed our neighbors in need.”

With use of a pre-purchased VIP ticket, shoppers received exclusive storewide savings during Lenny's “Day Before Thanksgiving Charity Sale.” 100% proceeds from each of the 773 VIP ticket sold went directly to the Vermont Foodbank. In addition to the ticket proceeds, Lenny's also donated a percentage of the day's total sales. This donation translates to over 42,000 meals for Vermont children, families and seniors who experience hunger.

“This is the true spirit of the holiday season,” said Lenny's Co-Owner Mark McCarthy. “We'd like to thank our loyal customers for their support of local businesses like Lenny's, and for their generous donations to the Vermont Foodbank.”

About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state's largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as  many as 86,000 Vermonters. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at

Photo caption: (Pictured from left) Bobbie Jo Roby, District Manager, Lenny's Shoe & Apparel; Christine Foster, Chief Development Officer, Vermont Foodbank; Mark McCarthy, Co-owner, Lenny's Shoe & Apparel.

WCAX News Clip
Some Vermonters will not go hungry this season thanks to Lenny's 

Vermont Business Magazine article
Lenny's Shoe and Apparel raises over $7,000 for Vermont Foodbank

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Lenny's Shoe and Apparel Raises More Than $7,000 for VT Food Bank 
December 05, 2012 — Lenny's

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