press release

September 20, 2012

Judi Palmer
Stop & Shop New England

Stop & Shop Customers Raise Nearly $400,000 through Healthy Ideas® Food for Friends Program

Hunger Relief Agencies Across the Northeast to Benefit from New Fundraising Campaign

(Quincy, Mass.) Sept. 20, 2012 - Stop & Shop customers and associates helped abate hunger by donating nearly $400,000 through the company's first ever Healthy Ideas® Food for Friends program. As part of the company's hunger relief efforts, Stop & Shop will donate 100 percent of the funds to regional hunger relief agencies across the Northeast.

"Healthy Ideas Food for Friends was designed to bring relief during a time when many are not thinking about hunger," said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop's New England division. "We are grateful for our customers' unending generosity. This program will make a difference in thousands of lives, bringing healthy and more nutritious meals to those in need."

The storewide effort kicked-off on Aug. 3 and ran through Aug. 26. Customers contributed in-store donations of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout registers. Sixty percent of the funds raised, approximately $239,200, will be donated to hundreds of local hunger relief agencies each store adopts. Fourty percent of the funds, approximately $159,400, will be donated to seven regional food banks:

  • The Greater Boston Food Bank - $65,200
  • Foodshare - $27,100
  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank - $22,400
  • Connecticut Food Bank - $18,000
  • Food Bank of Western Mass. - $13,400
  • Worcester County Food Bank - $10,700
  • New Hampshire Food Bank - $2,600

The top three stores that raised significant amounts include:

  1. 91 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI - $11,100
  2. 10 Bates Road, Mashpee, MA - $5,300
  3. 125 Highland Avenue, Seekonk, MA - $5,100

Information regarding money raised in each local Stop & Shop market is available.

To learn more about Stop & Shop's hunger relief efforts visit

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit and