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Annual Five Star Cleaners Drive Benefits Local Food Bank

Staff Writer |

SAN ANTONIO – During the summer, the San Antonio Food Bank is pressed even more than usual since it distributes more than 3,800 meals per day to children at 127 feeding sites. So, Five Star Cleaners is lending a hand to the Food Bank with its third annual summer food drive titled Five for 5.

Owners Richard Thum, Sharlene Thum and Bryan Newbold urge all Five Star Cleaners customers and local residents to support the outreach campaign that runs through Monday.

“Texas recorded six of the 10 counties in the country with the highest rate of childhood food insecurity in 2011, according to Feeding America,” Sharlene Thum says. “Never in my wildest dreams would I put the word ‘insecurity’ with the word ‘food.’ Childhood hunger should not happen in America.”

Customers bringing in five cans of food to any of Five Star’s 18 locations have received a $5 off coupon for any future dry cleaning order, and two San Antonio Scorpions soccer tickets for $20.

This year’s donors also have had the opportunity to donate through PayPal by using a special Five for 5 QR code, available on all coupons, dry cleaning bags and in-store signage.

“Being able to leverage a relationship with a business partner in the community that helps feed children is a great benefit to all,” says Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “We appreciate Five Star Cleaners stepping up and creating a robust and creative summer food drive to help us in our mission to feed children while helping customers maximize their dollars.”

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