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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 Turns Pink

SPRINGFIELD, MA (September 27, 2017)

In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets will be donating proceeds from various departments throughout the store to 31 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Since 2007, the chain has raised more than $1.7 million dollars for this cause. The program, “Partners of Hope” reflects the partnership, commitment and support of breast cancer awareness and research that is so vital for many. Last year, Big Y raised $234,885.

During the entire month of October, Big Y will donate a portion of the proceeds from both the Floral and Produce Departments. Additionally, Big Y will donate 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 5 and 11(*excluding random weight items). The Big Y Butcher Shop will donate ten cents from every pound of All Natural Angus Beef® and Big Y Smart Chicken® to breast cancer research during the entire month of October. Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center will also donate $5.00 for every flu shot given. Big Y's pink reusable, earth-friendly shopping bag highlighting the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign will also be available and every store will be promoting Partners of Hope pink ribbons for $1 from October 1st through October 31st as a way of generating additional proceeds for local breast cancer organizations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Big Y's dietitian team, Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell, will devote a portion of their fall newsletter to cancer prevention. Look for the “Living Well Eating Smart” displays throughout the stores.

According to Big Y CEO, Donald D'Amour, “Breast cancer affects thousands of women and many men each year. We hope that this initiative will not only promote breast cancer awareness but also save lives through early detection and care.”

The beneficiaries this year will include the following organizations:


Boston, MA - Boston Mass General Hospital Gillette Center for Breast Cancer

Boston, MA - Brigham & Women's Hospital Breast Oncology Program

Boston, MA - Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers

Boston, MA - Boston Medical Center Belkin Breast Health Center

Holyoke, MA - La Esperanza La Esperanza: The Hope of Pioneer Valley

Holyoke, MA - HMC Breast Health Center The Pink W.A.Y. (Women Around You)

Longmeadow, MA - Survivor Journeys Breast Cancer Program

Northampton, MA - Cancer-Connection

Northampton, MA - Cooley Dickinson Women's Health Care

Pittsfield, MA - Berkshire Medical Center Women's Imaging Center

South Weymouth, MA - South Shore Health Systems

Springfield, MA - Baystate Health Foundation Rays of Hope

Springfield, MA - Mercy Medical Center Mercy Breast Care Center

Westfield, MA - Noble Hospital Comprehensive Breast Program

Worcester, MA - Saint Vincent Hospital Breast Care Clinic

Worcester, MA - U Mass Memorial Health Care Comprehensive Breast Center

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


Derby, CT - Griffin Hospital Breast Wellness Program

Hartford, CT - Hartford Hospital Partnership for Breast Care

Hartford, CT - St. Francis Foundation Comprehensive Breast Health Center

Middletown, CT - Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Cancer Center

New Britain, CT - CT Breast Health Initiative

New London, CT - Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation

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

Norwich, CT - Backus Hospital Backus Cancer Center

Stafford Springs, CT - Johnson Memorial Hospital Breast Care Center

Torrington, CT - Charlotte/Hungerford Hospital Pink Roses Program

Waterbury, CT - St. Mary's Hospital Breast & Oncology Center

Westbrook, CT - Middlesex Hospital Cancer Care South Shore Cancer Center

Wethersfield, CT - Team Towanda Foundation

Willimantic, CT - Windham Hospital Foundation Oncology Program