HELP USA & D'Agostino Supermarkets Support Homeless Veterans this Memorial Day Partnership Allows NY Area Shoppers to Donate to America's Homeless Veterans & the Housing Development Program, Operation Home
New York, New York (May 22, 2009): HELP USA, one of the country's largest providers of housing, jobs and services for America's homeless and low income populations, today announced a Memorial Day partnership with D'Agostino supermarkets in New York City and Westchester that will allow proceeds from all purchases on Monday, May 25th to go towards helping America's homeless veterans. In 18 participating stores, individuals at checkout will be offered the opportunity to round up the total amount they will be paying for groceries. The difference will be donated to HELP USA's Operation Home, a three-year national expansion of permanent supportive service housing for returning war veterans.
While the causes are many, the singular reality is staggering: 1 out of every 3 homeless men you see on the street is a veteran of war. With the anticipated return of over 140,000 service men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan, HELP USA is developing upwards of 1,000 units of permanent housing for male and female war veterans and their families in states along the east and west coasts over the next three years. D'Agostino is doing their part to help veterans by supporting HELP USA and the Operation Home initiative through this in-store partnership.
HELP USA Chair, Maria Cuomo Cole said, "On Memorial Day we remember the courageous men and women who have fought for this country. The reality that many face upon returning from battle can be another challenge altogether and HELP USA is working to make that adjustment easier for veterans returning from war and their families. We hope you'll join us in this effort by shopping with our wonderful partner D'Agostino this Memorial Day and pay tribute to American vets by donating to this important cause."
Nick D'Agostino III, President and COO of the 18 store D'Agostino supermarket chain in NYC and Westchester, added, "This partnership is a great way for New Yorkers to show their appreciation for the men and women who serve this country. Whether they give a dime, a quarter, or a dollar the donations add up to help American Veterans rebuild their futures with the necessary support of organizations like HELP USA."
Pamphlets describing HELP USA will be at the check-out lines in D'Agostino supermarkets in New York City, NY and Westchester County, NY. For more information on how HELP USA building better lives for men and women returning from active duty, please visit www.helpusa.org/veterans <http://www.helpusa.org/veterans> .
About HELP USA:
Believing that more than bricks and mortar are necessary to rebuild people's lives, HELP USA provides housing for individuals and families in need and invests in their futures by providing these clients with vital human services that address the underlying causes of homelessness. Learn more about how HELP USA is building better lives at www.helpusa.org <http://www.helpusa.org> .
About D'Agostino Supermarkets:
D'Agostino Supermarkets have, for 77+ years, had a stellar reputation based on very simple principles. Quality, service and innovation. There are 18 stores: 15 in Manhattan and 3 in Westchester County (Chappaqua, Cross River and Rye Brook). It is the essential and consummate "New York grocer, so it is no surprise that movies and television shows, shot on location in New York, frequently use D'Agostino stores or "DAG BAGS" to help impact a sense of New York City realism. In fact, in the famed TV series Will and Grace, Will met Grace in a D'Agostino. Today, Nick D'Agostino III, the fourth generation of D'Agostino's to head the chain, maintains the tradition which includes an active involvement in New York based charities and cultural activities, along with providing New Yorkers with the groceries they demand. . For example, D'Agostino is the only New York based supermarket chain in the metropolitan area to carry a full line of Certified Humane products; all of the highest quality and standards.
HELP USA & D'Agostino Supermarkets Support Homeless Veterans this Memorial Day
Partnership Allows NY Area Shoppers to Donate to America's Homeless Veterans & the Housing Development Program, Operation Home