Grinch Kicks Off Food Drive at Phoenix Books

The owner of Phoenix Books is issuing a challenge to the community to donate nonperishable food items for local community food shelves.  Mike DeSanto has pledged to make a cash donation equal to the value of food donated to the bookstore's food drive, up to $5000. The food drive launched on Sunday, November 30th with "Meet the Grinch" events at both Phoenix Books locations. Attendees were invited to "grow your heart three sizes" by participating in the food drive.  It will continue at Phoenix Books Essex and Phoenix Books Burlington through December 22nd, 2014. Phoenix booksellers are ready to help anyone who would like to make a nonperishable food donation.

"I challenge our Phoenix Books customers to help me donate $5000 to the food shelves," DeSanto says.  "Personally, I've become convinced that hunger has to be taken care of first, before people can succeed in raising themselves up in other areas."  DeSanto adds that hunger has become a core cause that he wants to address both personally and through Phoenix Books in coming years. "Phoenix Books is hosting the food drive, my staff is supporting this effort, and  I'm going to make a personal donation to the food shelf to equal the value of the food brought in. I really hope that I have to write a check for $5000. I would feel really good if that happened."
The National Education Association reports that missing meals and experiencing hunger impair children’s development and achievement. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry document the negative effects of hunger on children’s academic performance and behavior in school. Hungry children have lower math scores. They are also are more likely to repeat a grade, come to school late, or miss it entirely.
Phoenix Books has a long tradition of supporting local nonprofit programs of all kinds.  This tradition is exemplified by the summer 2014 program Phoenix Books for Kids, through which the bookstore gave away $5000 worth of hand-selected books to children throughout the Burlington area, including many from low-income households.

Phoenix Books Burlington is located at 191 Bank Street in downtown Burlington, Vermont.  Phoenix Books Essex is located at 21 Essex Way, #407 in Essex, Vermont. For more information, please call 802-448-3350 in Burlington, 802-872-7111 in Essex, or visit