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.
2018 Local Farmer Awards Application Opening January 1st
SPRINGFIELD, MA (December 21, 2017)
The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation (HGCF), in partnership with Big Y and a sponsorship team, is pleased to announce the fourth year of the Local Farmer Awards, supporting local farmers in Western Massachusetts with funds for infrastructure improvements and farm equipment. Launched in 2015, the awards draw attention to the importance of local farmers to our region's economy and health. Says Charles L. D'Amour, Big Y president and COO: "Big Y has been supporting local farmers since we began over 80 years ago. Through our partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, we are providing one more way to help the local growers to thrive in our community."
Awards of up to $2500 will be given to each recipient farmer. The 2017 awards were made to 49 of the 116 applicants.
Essential to the program's success has been the ongoing advice and assistance from the two regional Buy Local farm advocates, Berkshire Grown and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). Philip Korman, Executive Director of CISA states: “Local family farms are a part of our culture and economy and the reason we call this area home. This unique farm awards program makes it possible for family farms to strengthen that connection in our communities.”
Adds Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown: “We're thrilled about the continuation of these financial awards for farmers in Western Massachusetts. This helps build the local food economy in our region.”
The application is open from January 1-January 31, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the website for more information: www.farmerawards.org