Stop & Shop Supermarkets are putting dinner on the table for at-risk families this holiday season. Between its 400 locations, the company plans to raise $2.5 million for families across the Northeast.
The supermarket’s New England and New York divisions are participating in multiple hunger relief programs to achieve the $2.5 million goal.
“As a food retailer, we aim to be a better neighbor all year long, and sharing meals with those in need is an important part of what we do,” said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop New England, in a news release.
Customers can give $1, $3 and $5 donations to the Food for Friends fundraiser at their local Stop & Shop. The stores distribute 100% of donations to local hunger relief organizations, 60% is allocated to local food pantries and 40% to regional food banks. Stop & Shop patrons can also purchase $10 “Trimmings Boxes.” The supermarkets use the proceeds to donate non-perishable, holiday food items like cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cut green beans, etc. to local food banks.
Finally, the company plans to give more than 21,000 turkeys through their Turkey Express program. The New England division already donated 1,000 turkeys on Oct. 27 to Foodshare in East Hartford, Conn. The New York division plans to give 1,500 turkeys to the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties in Neptune Township, N.J., on Nov. 12. The turkey donations will continue throughout November.
“The holidays can be the hardest time of the year for families in need. Unfortunately, hunger never takes a holiday but through our hunger relief efforts we can help put food on the table and make a difference for thousands in our communities this Thanksgiving and Holiday season,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division.