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Big Y in the News

Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".

Big Y in the News contains excerpts from press releases that have been sent to local media.

Big Y donates over $215,000 to Local Breast Cancer Groups

SPRINGFIELD, MA - (January 6, 2020)

 In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from their October initiative “Partners of Hope” to 29 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. This month-long program reflects the partnership, commitment and support of breast cancer awareness and research that are so vital for many. The results have finally been tabulated and in October, Big Y raised $215,742.00 which was donated to the following organizations: 


 Amherst - Protect Our Breasts 

Boston - Mass General Hospital - Gillette Center for Breast Cancer 

Boston - Brigham & Women’s Hospital Breast - Oncology Program 

Boston - Susan F. Smith - Center for Women’s Cancers 

Boston - Boston Medical Center - Belkin Breast Health Center 

Ludlow - The Pink Way - MA HMC Breast Health Center 

Longmeadow - Survivor Journeys - Breast Cancer Program 

Northampton - Cancer-Connection 

Northampton - Cooley Dickinson Hospital - Women’s Health Care 

Pittsfield - Berkshire Medical Center - Women’s Imaging Center 

South Weymouth - South Shore Health System Foundation 

Springfield - Baystate Health Foundation - Rays of Hope 

Springfield - Mercy Medical Center - Mercy Breast Care Center 

Worcester - Saint Vincent Hospital - Breast Care Clinic 

Worcester - U Mass Memorial Health Care - Comprehensive Breast Center 

Worcester - Family Health Center of Worcester - Lois B. Green Breast Health Center 


Derby - Griffin Hospital Griffin Health 

Hartford - Hartford Hospital - Partnership for Breast Care 

Hartford - St. Francis Foundation - Comprehensive Breast Health Center 

Madison - Infinite Strength, Inc. 

New Britain - CT Breast Health Initiative 

New London - Terri Brooder Breast Cancer Foundation 

New Haven - Yale-New Haven Hospital - Breast Cancer Program 

Norwich - Backus Hospital - Backus Cancer Center 

Stafford Springs - Johnson Memorial Hospital - Breast Care Center 

Torrington - Charlotte/Hungerford Hospital - Pink Roses Program 

Waterbury - St. Mary’s Hospital - Breast & Oncology Center 

Westbrook - Middlesex Hospital - Cancer Care Middlesex Health Shoreline Center 

Willimantic - Windham Hospital Foundation - Breast Cancer Program 

During the entire month of October, Big Y donated a portion of the proceeds from both the Floral and Produce Departments, and 5 cents for each Big Y, Top Care, Full Circle, Simply Done, Paws Happy Life, Pure Harmony, @Ease, Tippy Toes and Culinary Tours brand products purchased between October 4 and 10 (*excluding random weight items). The Big Y Butcher Shops also donated ten cents from every pound of All-Natural Angus Beef and Big Y Smart Chicken sold during the entire month of October. Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center donated $5 for every flu shot given. Every store promoted Partners of Hope pink ribbons for $1 for the month of October as a way of generating additional proceeds for local breast cancer organizations throughout the two states.

Big Y’s dietitian team, Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell, devoted a portion of their fall newsletter to cancer prevention.

According to Big Y CEO, Charles D’Amour, “Breast cancer affects thousands of women and more men each year. Through our Partners of Hope campaign, we want to not only promote breast cancer awareness but also save lives through early detection and care.” Since 2007, Big Y has raised well over $2 million dollars to support local breast cancer initiatives.