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June 8, 2000

Schnucks Donates Restaurant Equipment to Local Charities

ST. LOUIS – Schnuck Markets, Inc. has donated thousands of dollars worth of used restaurant equipment to 10 local not-for-profit organizations. The groups include soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, group homes, low-income senior housing and a senior meals program.

The equipment became available after the March 19 closing and remodeling of three Schnucks Station restaurants at 10070 Gravois in Affton, at 7450 Hampton Ave. in the City of St. Louis and at 8650 Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves. The remodeling projects were initiated in response to customer demand for expanded departments, increased product variety and new, convenient services.

The remodelings have created a window of opportunity for 10 charity organizations throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

Schnucks has donated all of their restaurant equipment including ovens, grills, char-broilers, fryers, microwaves, ice makers, mixers, meat slicers, refrigerators, freezers, tables, chairs, dishes, shelving units and much more. Operation Food Search coordinated the donation.

“We are pleased to continue the life of this equipment and know that thousands of

people will benefit,” said Nancy Schnuck Diemer, director of community affairs.

“I wish everyone could see how much good this is doing. The equipment will be able to stretch out what they already have so much further,” said Don Sonderman, agency coordinator for Operation Food Search, who connected Schnucks with the area organizations.

Among the charities receiving the restaurant equipment are the Chapel for the

Exceptional, Community Care Center, Genesis II, Grace Fellowship, Kossuth Food Service, Marian Hall Residential, Road Angel, Salvation Army A.R.C., University City Senior Service and Wellston Senior Nutrition.

“I feel like Santa Claus,” said Steve Dougherty, equipment warehouse manager for Schnucks. “It is rewarding to help get food to hungry people.” Dougherty helped coordinate the equipment removal and donation.

The University City Senior Service at 8531 Olive Boulevard in University City received a replacement set of tables and chairs. According to residents it is just like having the Station Restaurant right inside their center.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 93 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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Editors Note: The three closed Schnucks Station Restaurants were located in

Affton at 10070 Gravois, St. Louis, Mo., 63123

City of St. Louis at 7450 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63109

Webster Groves at 8650 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63119

Chapel for the Exceptional is located at 3436 Winnebago, St. Louis, Mo., 63017

Community Care Center is located at 1818 Cleveland, Granite City, Ill., 62040

Genesis II is located at 4501 Swan, St. Louis, Mo., 63110

Grace Fellowship is located at 4360 Olive, St. Louis, Mo., 63118

Kossuth Food Service is located at 3801 Clarence, St. Louis, Mo., 63115

Marian Hall Residential is located at 1340 Partridge, St. Louis, Mo., 63130

Road Angel is located at Route 2 box 65-A Brownstown, Ill., 62418

Salvation Army A.R.C. is located at 3949 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, Mo., 63108

University City Senior Service is located at 8531 Olive Blvd. University City, Mo., 63132

Wellston Senior Nutrition is located at 1414 Evergreen, Wellston, Mo., 63133