Stop & Shop and Unilever to Provide More than 1 Million Meals for Local Families

An alarming one in four children in the United States faces hunger.  To help feed children in need, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC and Unilever announced a partnership to donate $150,000 to Feeding America and its local member food banks this September – Hunger Action Month.

The donation will provide more than one million meals to children and families in need by supporting local hunger relief organizations such as regional food banks and pantries. Stop & Shop has a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger and has donated more than $30 million to hunger relief efforts since launching its Food for Friends program in 1989.

“Stop & Shop is always exploring new ways to support the communities we serve,” said Suzi Robinson, manager of public and community relations for Stop & Shop’s New England Division.  ”This fall, through our partnership with Unilever, we’ve identified several ways customers can join us in our effort to fight childhood hunger.  All of their contributions — even donating $1 through our in-store Popsicle parties will help make a difference in the life of a child.”

For every dollar donated Feeding America provides eight meals for families in need.  Stop & Shop’s 2011 events include:

  • Popsicle Parties — Satisfy a sweet tooth and help a family in need by donating $1 for a FREE Popsicle pop, while supplies last, on Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. Stop & Shop will donate all of the proceeds to local area food banks.  Go tostopandshop.com for a list of participating stores.
  • Stuff-A-Truck Events — Fill your local food bank truck to the brim by delivering canned and non-perishable food items during Stop & Shop’s Stuff-A-Truck events on September 17th in our West Hartford, CT store; September 24th in our Woburn, MA store; October 29th in our Mamaroneck, NY store and November 12th in our Milford, CT store. Visit stopandshop.com for other dates and locations.

“Whether it’s the under-employed parent, the homebound senior, or the little boy in your child’s classroom, hunger is everywhere,” said Amy Franze, Chief Philanthropy Officer with Feeding America.  ”Through the commitment of Stop & Shop and Unilever, 1.2 million meals will be provided to Feeding America on behalf of its member food banks to those struggling with hunger. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity.”

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