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Jer’s Chocolates’ Holiday Gift Box Proceeds to Provide 15 Meals for Each Box Sold to San Diegans in Need

For the second year in a row, Jer’s Chocolates will partner with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to carry out its 2011 effort.

San Diego, CA, October 09, 2011 --( This holiday season, locally based Jer’s Chocolates, the leading innovator and distributor of gourmet peanut butter-chocolate candies, will donate $5 of every Holiday Gift Box sold to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

Proceeds from the sale of every half-pound Holiday Gift Box will enable the Food Bank to provide 15 meals to San Diegans in need over the holiday season. Each box is packed with eleven pieces of milk, dark and white chocolate-covered peanut butter truffles.

“We are very grateful to Jer’s Chocolates for supporting the Food Bank, for the second holiday season in a row,” said Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank CEO J. Scofield “Scody” Hage. “This is a great way for businesses to reward employees and thank customers, and of course it is a meaningful gift for a loved one. Each purchase not only supports our Food Bank, it also supports a local business.”

The seasonal gift boxes are wrapped with a band indicating the “Food Bank donation” and can be purchased on Jer’s Chocolates’ website.

The Food Bank is encouraging its supporters to give the gift of chocolate this holiday season while helping feed hungry San Diegans.

“This fundraising program was such a great success in 2010, that our team decided to raise the bar and feed more mouths with the 2011 fundraiser,” announced Jerry Swain, President and CEO of Jer’s Chocolates. “We are donating $5 per box, providing 15 meals for San Diegans; three more meals per box than the previous year. The difference we can make with this contribution is impactful and we hope that this effort begins a yearly holiday tradition for Jer’s Chocolates.”

The Food Bank is feeding more people than ever before in its 34-year history, currently over 350,000 people every month. Food Bank officials blame the heightened levels of demand on county’s sustained high unemployment rate and the weak economy.

With its already stretched food supply, the Food Bank will struggle to meet demand for food assistance over the holiday season, and officials are appealing to the community to support the Food Bank through this Jer’s Chocolates’ fundraiser.

For more information about Jer’s Chocolates or to place an order, visit, or call 1-800-540-7265.

About Jer’s Chocolates
Pioneering the gourmet chocolate world, Jer's Chocolates introduced the peanut butter and chocolate combination that has changed the way in which chocolate lovers enjoy their favorite treats. Jer’s Chocolates are available for individual package purchases or as assorted gift boxes for any occasion. The San Diego-based Company proudly uses all natural peanut butter and gourmet milk and dark chocolate, along with blends of rice crisp, pretzel, toffee, and caramel.

Since 2001, multiple industry associations, media and community contests have recognized Jer’s Chocolates for its premium product line. A few notable awards include, but are not limited to: “Best of Show,” at the International Confectioner’s Conference; and “Best Chocolate Bar” at the New York Chocolate Show.

Jer’s Corporate Gift Chocolate Boxes and Peanut Butter Chocolate Gift Boxes have been featured on The Food Network and The Rachael Ray Show.

For more information on Jer’s Chocolates, visit, or call 1-800-540-7265.

About The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Established in 1977, the San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. The Food Bank distributed over 18 million pounds of food in 2010 to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Visit the San Diego Food Bank at:

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