for Hunger Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Money Raised Will Benefit Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Fulfill
QUINCY, Mass., June 18, 2020 – Today Stop & Shop announced that its 30th annual Food for Friends campaign raised more than $1.3 million to support the COVID-19 response efforts of food banks across the Northeast including the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Fulfill.
Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign is an annual summer donation program where customers at Stop & Shop stores are able to donate at checkout to support hunger relief. To help its food bank partners in this time of unprecedented need, Stop & Shop shifted the timeframe of the campaign to run throughout the month of May. Customers using self-checkout registers were asked if they would like to round up their total to the nearest dollar, and Stop & Shop donated 100% of the change to regional food banks across its footprint.
“We’re very grateful for the overwhelming generosity of our customers to help us support our food bank partners in their important work to provide food to individuals and families during this pandemic,” shares Gordon Reid, President of Stop & Shop. “The response from our customers shows that any size contribution can add up to make a meaningful impact in our communities.”
Community Foodbank of NJ
"I am overwhelmed by the support that CFBNJ has received for our pandemic response efforts, especially from Stop & Shop and its generous customers," said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "The funds generated by the Food for Friends campaign will allow us to remain nimble in line with the changing needs of our communities as we work to provide more nutritious food than ever before."
"The success of Stop & Shop's Food for Friends Program will provide 117,000 meals to people in need in Monmouth and Ocean Counties! During a time when Fulfill needs help more than ever - with a 40% spike in the demand for food since the pandemic hit - we truly appreciate the support! Thank you to Stop & Shop, and of course, our sincerest appreciation to all of its customers for donating to Fulfill during this crisis," said Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno, the former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign, in addition to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Fulfill the funds raised will benefit the following food banks:
○ Food Bank for NYC
○ Connecticut Food Bank
○ Feeding Westchester
○ Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
○ Island Harvest
○ Long 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 more than 100 years, today’s Stop & Shop is refreshed, reenergized and inspired, delivering new conveniences for customers. Committed to helping its communities enjoy better food and better lives, Stop & Shop has a longstanding history of giving back to the neighborhoods it serves with a focus on fighting hunger and pediatric cancer care and research. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA Company and employs nearly 60,000 associates and operates over 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.