Castellana Foundation and Western Beef partners with Senator Addabbo to help restock a Glendale’s Sacred Heart Food Pantry

Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Addabbo

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports and funds the initiative between Glendale’s Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Senator Addabbo, and Western Beef Supermarket. Story published by qns.com and written by Emma Miller.

BY EMMA MILLER

Western Beef Supermarket delivered two pallets of food to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in Glendale on Oct. 1 through an arrangement made with state Senator Joseph Addabbo.

The donation included macaroni and cheese, juice boxes, coffee, bread, canned food and other items.

“I am very happy that I was able to successfully bring these two great entities together for the benefit of those individuals in need,” Addabbo said. “This donation alone will go a long way in helping so many families who are struggling to put food on the table. I am grateful for the efforts of the Sacred Heart pantry for assisting so many people and for Western Beef to willingly be a credible member of the community.”

Addabbo helped resolve a delivery issue between Western Beef and the food pantry. He said that he hopes to help the partnership continue in the future.

“Western Beef has always seen itself as part of the larger community, and so it is our pleasure to assist the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in its mission to aid others in need,” said Kathy Rivera, title compliance administrator at Western Beef. “After this initial food donation, we look forward to working with the food pantry and Senator Joe Addabbo towards the possibility of partnering in the future with the Sacred Heart Food Pantry.”

Western Beef Supermarket is a chain of grocery stores with locations across New York, New Jersey and Florida. They were founded over 30 years ago and have two stores in Queens, in Flushing and Jamaica.

The Sacred Heart Food Pantry is a ministry of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glendale. They are open to distribute food to those who need it Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to donate food can call the office of parish ministries at 718-821-3285.

The Castellana Foundation funds contest program for Western Beef retail

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Western Beef is proud to announce that we will now be conducting weekly contests through our social media accounts (TwitterFacebook and Instagram) and our email mailing list (enter your email in the subscription box at the lower right corner). Prizes are funded through the generosity of the Castellana Foundation, whose board member, Peter Castellana III, is also the President of Western Beef parent company Cactus Holdings Inc. So far Western Beef has run many contests with multiple $500 gift card winners and recently a monthly MetroCard. We aim for our contests to be relevant to our customers’ daily lives so they spend their hard earned money on things other than reoccurring expense such as bills and groceries. A recent winner of ours was more than grateful for the financial boost:

“$500 is a lot of money. It’s basically what I spend at the supermarket in any given month so to have Western Beef cover me and my family for a month is a very big deal to me. I’m so thankful. Now I can buy something nice for us that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I wish more companies did this! I feel like they really are more than just another supermarket.” — M.G., Bronx, NY

Western Beef management has been very happy with the response so far with their contests:

“At first we just kinda wanted to see if there was any customer interest in contests. Shortly after we started our first campaign we realized that this was something our customers wanted. Thousands of customers were participating from all over. While we were happy with the response, we took a step back and made a personal stand in that we wanted to run relevant contests that spoke to our customers and actually served them well. It’s who we are as a company. We serve working families in the inner city.” — Western Beef Social Media Manager

For those interested in our contests please follow us on social media or join our mailing list at the Western Beef website for instructions on how to enter. Currently, the contest is for a monthly MetroCard.

Art from recent MetroCard contest

If you are a company or organization with prizes or services that you think would be relevant as prizes for our customers, then please reach out to us at socialmedia@westernbeef.com.