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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.

2018 Local Farmer Awards Application Deadline is January 31st

SPRINGFIELD, MA (January 23, 2018)

Big Y and the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation (HGCF) remind farmers in Western Massachusetts that the application deadline for a Local Farmer Award is

January 31, 2018.  These awards for equipment and physical farm improvements support local farmers with projects that improve their ability to compete in the marketplace. 

Other generous funders include: Baystate Health, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Farm Credit East, HP Hood, MGM Springfield, and Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place.

Recipients will be awarded up to $2,500, and the partners anticipate distributing over $116,000 in 2018.   Realizing the economic importance of local farms in our region, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation launched the program in 2015.  In 2017, over 49 of the applicants received awards. 

Big Y President and COO Charlie D’Amour says: “Through our partnership with the Grinspoon Foundation, we are providing one more way to help local growers thrive in our community.”

The value of the awards program is enthusiastically affirmed by recipients. From 2017 recipient Just Roots Farm in Greenfield: “Thank you so much for supporting our work in making healthy, local food accessible to all! We are so excited to get our Perfecta and boost productivity in the field. More food for more people. YES!!!” 

The deadline for applying is January 31, 2018. For more information visit:   www.farmerawards.org