December 9, 2023

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Food Bazaar Feeds the Community, One Free Throw at a Time

QUEENS, N.Y. – For the second consecutive season, St. John’s Sports Properties and Food Bazaar Supermarket collaborated on a charitable initiative entitled “Free Throws for Meals,” in which Food Bazaar donated $10 in food for every free throw made by the St. John’s men’s basketball team during the 2022-23 season.

The Red Storm made 389 free throws equating to $3,890 in food donated to St. John’s Bread & Life in Brooklyn, New York. Food Bazaar Supermarket once again generously increased their donation to $10,000.

“Free Throws for Meals is a special way to support our local community,” said Kevin Waters, General Manager of St. John’s Sports Properties. “Food Bazaar Supermarket electing to make such a significant increase in their donation makes the program that much more impactful, allowing St. John’s Bread & Life to take care of that many more in need.”

St. John’s Bread & Life is one of the premier emergency food providers in New York City, distributing more than 4 million meals in 2022 and on target to serve 4.5 million meals by June 2023. Through on-site pantry distribution, hot grab-and-go meals, the mobile pantry, and mobile soup kitchen, they serve 64,000 households annually (or 192,000 people) and more than 289,000 individuals have accessed their programs and services over the past year. Bread & Life provides a safety net for low wage earners and those at or below the poverty level, the elderly and medically compromised, the homeless and those with chronic mental health issues.

“St. John’s Bread & Life continues to do amazing things for so many people in our neighborhoods and communities,” said Suzanne Kuczun, Associate VP of Marketing & Development for Food Bazaar Supermarket. “Food Bazaar Supermarket is proud to work alongside them in providing much needed food assistance.  We are so fortunate to have organizations like St. John’s Bread & Life providing compassionate, caring services to those in need and we thank them on behalf of our entire company.”

Food Bazaar Supermarket expressed the desire to continue its active support of an organization that St. John’s University and its community have a long term, active relationship with. St. John’s University students, faculty and employees have been volunteering at St. John’s Bread & Life for decades.

“Bread & Life is so grateful to St. John’s Athletics and Food Bazaar for partnering together to combat food insecurity in our community,” said Executive Director of St. John’s Bread & Life Sr. Caroline Tweedy, RSM. “This support makes it possible for guests to access healthy, nutritious food in a dignified and compassionate way.”
About Bogopa Service Corp. (d.b.a. Food Bazaar Supermarket):
A family-founded, privately owned and operated company that has grown to over 30 full-service supermarkets in the Tri-State metropolitan area (NY, NJ, CT) under the name “Food Bazaar.” Bogopa, which means “Yearning for You” in Korean, opened its first company store in 1988, seeing the need for access to a variety of authentic foods and flavors that mainstream supermarkets did not supply. Taking pride in going to great lengths to provide each of the communities it serves with the foods they love and recall from their “homeland,” the company serves as a one-stop shopping experience, including staple grocery items and producing the Bogopa Private Label, their own line of high-quality products at affordable prices. Passionate about supporting its local community, Food Bazaar regularly partners with numerous not-for-profit organizations by providing substantial food donations and hosting many community events year-round. For more information on Food Bazaar, please visit