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.
22,000 Pounds of Pet Food and Supplies Donated
SPRINGFIELD, MA (August 15, 2019)
Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company’s fifth annual “May is Pet Month” initiative has resulted in donations of close to 22,000 pounds of pet food and supplies to 45 different local animal shelters. The program, which ran in all 70 Big Y markets from April 25th through May 29th, encouraged shoppers to purchase food and other supplies for a local shelter as part of the company’s ongoing effort to give back to the community.
Each Big Y enjoyed decorating their store’s donation bins with pictures of their family pets. Many customers also donated other needed pet items such as collars, leashes, cat litter, and pet toys.
In addition to food and supply donations, Big Y partnered with iHeart Media and Pure Harmony pet food to collect donations at the checkout. Over $84,000 was raised from these donations to be distributed to the MSCPA-Angell of Massachusetts (with their 4 locations throughout MA), Kenway’s Cause, CT Humane Society, and The Hometown Foundation (which supports over 15 animal rescues/shelters).
New to the program this year was the ability for customers to purchase a Big Y Cares reusable shopping bag where one dollar for each bag purchased was donated to local charities.
Big Y’s fifth annual pet month has resulted in a five year total of over 197,000 pounds of pet food and supplies donated to local shelters and a total of over $266,000 raised.