Hill & Markes donates food, money to community


AMSTERDAM — Hill & Markes, a family-owned wholesale distributor, recently hosted a successful Stuff the Truck food drive for Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Hill & Markes employees teamed up with community members, vendors of Hill & Markes and local companies like Stewart’s Shops, Hannaford, Beech-Nut, and St. Mary’s to collect more than three pallets of food and a monetary donation of $4,500.

“We at Catholic Charities have seen an increase in the number of families who struggle with food insecurity during this time of COVID. We are anticipating that it will get worse as COVID continues; holidays approach and people remain unemployed,” Catholic Charities Executive Director Mary Carpenter said in a news release. “All donations received in our Food Pantry will be going to our community members, neighbors and loved ones in this time of insecurity and uncertainty.”

“We recognize that many families are struggling with many negative impacts resulting from COVID. We commend Hill and Markes for taking this initiative to give to those in need and Stewart’s Shops is happy to support this great cause,” Stewart’s Shops spokeswoman Erica Komoroske said in the release.

The donation was brought to Catholic Charities and will be distributed to members of the community who truly need it. Giving back is important to the Hill & Markes mission and remains a core pillar of the company.

“COVID has exacerbated food insecurity in our country and this region. My family, our employees, and our company are grateful to be able to help feed struggling individuals and families in Montgomery and Fulton counties at this time,” Hill & Markes CEO Jason Packer said in the release. “We are so incredibly thankful for Catholic Charities for the work they do in feeding the hungry and supporting this initiative during this pandemic and beyond.”

Hill & Markes is committed to bringing much needed support to those struggling during this pandemic.

By Paul Wager