Rutter's Charitable Giving Tops $1.875 Million

E-Z Mart helps teachers with education grants
YORK, Pa. -- The annual holiday banquet was in their honor, but Rutter's employees brought more than 250 toys to the event and donated them to two local charities. At the banquet, Rutter's announced that it provided charitable gifts of more than $475,000 in 2008, pushing its community giving to a new milestone of more than $1.875 million over the past six years.

Almost all of the contributions benefit children's programs in the communities where Rutter's companies operate. Recent large-donation recipients include:
Crispus Attucks Association, $60,000 for its Early [image-nocss] Learning Center. York County Heritage Trust, $55,000 for the creation of an interactive Rutter's Dairy exhibit planned for the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York. United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, $45,000 to support its pre-kindergarten children's learning programs. York County Library System, $40,000 to support its 2009 summer reading program. Children's Home of York, $36,500 for a kitchen renovation at its George Street Program group home. Junior Achievement of South Central PA, $25,000 for development of a "green curriculum" BizTown program in York which will be the first in the country. United Cerebral Palsy of South Central Pennsylvania, $25,000 for the purchase of equipment for its children's center in York. York's Newspapers in Education program, $16,945 for providing newspapers to schools. DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre in York, $15,000 to support its children's theatrical programs.

"These are tough economic times, and the budgets of non-profit organizations certainly are feeling pinched," said Scott Hartman, president of Rutter's Farm Stores. "That's why at Rutter's we feel it's all the more important for all of us to help out, so that these valuable organizations can continue to provide so many beneficial services."

Todd Rutter, president of Rutter's Dairy, added, "It has always been Rutter's philosophy to share our success with the communities that support our companies. We're proud to help these organizations that do so much good, especially to improve the lives of our most precious resource, our children."

In other company news, Rutter's Farm Stores recently presented its 2008 employee recognition awards, including:
Store Manager of the Year: Sally Miller, Spring Grove. Deli Manager of the Year: Sandra Claiborne, York. Team Member of the Year: Donna Hartman, Waynesboro. Family-owned and third-generation managed, the Rutter's companies comprise Rutter's Farm Stores (with approximately 50 c-stores, all in Pennsylvania), Rutter's Dairy and M&G Realty. The companies employ more than 1,400 people.

Separately, Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc. recently awarded area educators with approximately $30,000. This is the third year that E-Z Mart has allocated funding for Education Grants to the school systems located in the communities where they operate, accumulating to a $61,518 total contribution. The purpose of the E-Z Mart Education Grants are to assist the educator in acquiring the tools necessary to keep the education of our children interesting, fun and up to date. This is one of the ways E-Z Mart gives back to the specific communities in which it operates.

Grant Applications were made available to teachers in grades PK-12 who are interested in obtaining funds for their classrooms. A total of 217 grant applications were received with 40 grants being awarded to 35 different schools representing 20 different school districts.

E-Z Mart has about 300 stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri.

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