100% of donations raised will benefit 12 regional food banks in Stop & Shop’s five states
Unilever’s Knorr brand generously donates product to New York
QUINCY, Mass., Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Stop & Shop, in conjunction with Unilever’s Knorr® brand, announced that its 32nd annual Food for Friends campaign has raised more than 1, $2 million for its 12 partner regional food banks to fight summer hunger in the communities it serves.
Summer can be the time of year when kids are hungriest, and Stop & Shop recognizes the importance of raising awareness about hunger during this time of year. While families can count on free or reduced-price meals for children during the school year, when school is closed and children are at home, families have to buy more food, resulting in a increased hunger in children. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief network, 22 million children across the United States depend on school meals. When schools close for the summer, school meal programs often close too.
Stop & Shop’s annual Food for Friends donation campaign is tackling summer hunger this year by allowing customers at the grocer’s more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey to donate at checkout to support food insecure families in the North East, 100% of donations go directly to Stop & Shop’s 12 partner regional food banks.
“This month-long campaign serves to renew hope for so many families who are currently struggling to allow children to enjoy a fun and healthy summer of play and time outdoors rather than worrying about the weather. origin of their next meal,” said Gordon Reid, President. of Stop&Shop. “This program also shows the value of communities coming together to support each other, and Stop & Shop’s unwavering commitment to helping our partner food banks provide nutritious food to families in need.
Throughout June, customers who shopped in-store were asked if they wanted to round their total to the nearest dollar or donate an additional $1, $3, or $5, and Stop & Shop donated 100% of funds raised to food banks through its footprint. Knorr also donated $10,000 and 5,000 rice and pasta sides to Feeding Westchester as part of their annual support for this campaign.
“Unilever’s Knorr brand believes that healthy, nutritious food should be accessible and affordable for everyone,” said Christina DiPietro, Team Leader, Unilever. “We are proud to be the first manufacturing partner of Stop & Shop for their annual Food For Friends campaign which has raised over $1 million for local food banks that help address food insecurity in our communities.
Funds raised through the Food for Friends of Stop & Shop campaign will benefit the following food banks:
Food Bank of Greater BostonWorcester County Food BankThe Food Bank of Western MassachusettsRhode Island Community Food BankConnecticut FoodshareFeeding WestchesterFood Bank of the Hudson ValleyFood Bank for New York CityCommunity Foodbank of New JerseyFulfillIsland HarvestLong Island Cares
For more information on Stop & Shop’s programs to support local communities, visit https://stopandshop.com/community/.
About Stop & Shop: A neighborhood grocer for over 100 years, Stop & Shop offers a wide assortment focused on fresh, healthy options at great value. Stop & Shop’s GO Rewards loyalty program offers personalized offers and allows customers to earn points that can be redeemed for gas or groceries every time they shop. Stop & Shop customers can choose how and where they want to shop – whether in-store or online for same-day delivery or collection. The company is committed to making an impact in its communities by fighting hunger, supporting our troops, and investing in childhood cancer research to help find a cure. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA company and employs 58,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. To find out more about Stop & Shop, visit website
About Knorr: Knorr believes that healthy, nutritious food should be accessible and affordable for everyone. This is not a reality for everyone in America today. That’s why we strive to ensure that all Americans can create healthy meals they feel good about. Whether it’s creating high-quality products, offering simple recipes developed by chefs, or supporting organizations and initiatives that provide access to healthy food, Knorr remains committed to its long tradition of provision of good food for all. The company was established in 1838, when founder Carl Heinrich Knorr pioneered experiments in drying seasonings and vegetables to preserve their flavor and nutritional value. Since then, Knorr® has become an international brand offering a wide range of broths, soups, seasonings, sauces, snack soups, salad dressings, frozen and ready meals.
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