The Food Bank receives $38,254 donation from Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign

Andrew Morehouse (3rd, left) with representatives from Stop & Shop

The Food Bank has received a $38,254 donation from Stop & Shop through its annual Food for Friends campaign. From June 14 to July 12, 2019 all Stop & Shop stores collected donations from customers at checkout. Donations from the retailer’s more than a dozen Springfield-area stores directly supported The Food Bank and local food pantries.

The contributions will allow our organization to increase the amount of healthy food it distributes to 171 member agencies (comprised of food pantries, meal centers, community programs and shelters). It will also allow us to further assist individuals facing hunger through their direct-to-client feeding programs, including the Mobile Food Bank and Brown Bag: Food for Elders.

“At Stop & Shop, we work hard to ensure that our neighbors in need have access to food,” said Beth Young, District Director, Stop & Shop. “We’re proud to support to Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and other hunger relief agencies in the Springfield-area through this donation and are grateful for the generosity of our customers who made it possible.”

“We’re grateful for this support, which will enable us to provide the equivalent of about 115,000 meals to people in our community who are at risk of or face hunger on any given day, week or month,” said Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank.

Stop & Shop is the presenting sponsor for The Food Bank’s 9th Annual Will Bike 4 Food cycling event, taking place on Sunday, September 29 in Hatfield. The retailer also supports the organization’s Mobile Food Bank distribution program through the Stop & Shop Family Foundation.