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.
50,000 Pounds of Pet Food and Supplies Donated to Local Shelters;
$71,000 Raised for Local Charities
SPRINGFIELD, MA (August 1, 2017)
Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company’s third annual “May is Pet Month” initiative has resulted in donations of close to 50,000 pounds of pet food and supplies to 45 different local animal shelters. The program, which ran in all 70 Big Y stores from April 27th through May 31st, 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.
Pet Month was a big hit with customers as well as store employees. Each Big Y chose a local pet shelter and many employees 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 iHeartRadio to collect cash donations at the checkout. $1 donation cards were sold at each register, which resulted in $71,000 being raised. All proceeds from these donations were divided between the Humane Society of Connecticut, Kenway’s Cause, the Humane Society of Massachusetts, and the MSPCA of Massachusetts.
One focus this year was on Pure Harmony, Big Y’s own brand of high quality pet food that provides options for grain free, meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient, and is carefully blended with real, wholesome ingredients from a variety of food groups. Big Y’s third annual pet month has resulted in a 3 year total of over 150,000 pounds of pet food and supplies donated to local shelters.
Big Y Foods, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 77 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 70 supermarkets, 39 pharmacies, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 5 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations 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.
- American Rescue League of Boston – Boston, MA
- Animal Welfare Society – New Milford, CT
- Ansonia Animal Shelter – Ansonia, CT
- Bay Path Humane Society of Hopkinton – Hopkinton, MA
- Bay State Animal Cooperative – Norwood, MA
- Bellingham/Franklin Animal Control – Franklin, MA
- Berkshire Humane Society – Pittsfield, MA
- Branford Compassion Club – North Branford, CT
- Connecticut Humane Society – Quaker Hill, CT
- Connecticut Humane Society – Newington, CT
- Dakin Humane Society – Springfield, MA
- Danbury Animal Welfare Society – Bethel, CT
- Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter – Branford, CT
- Destiny’s Road Animal Rescue – Three Rivers, MA
- Dudley Animal Shelter – Dudley, MA
- Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter – Pittsfield, MA
- Ellington Animal Control – Ellington, CT
- Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter – Turners Falls, MA
- Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary – Brimfield, MA
- Kingston Animal Shelter – Kingston, MA
- Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. – Ledyard, CT
- Madison Food Pantry – Madison, CT
- Mansfield Animal Shelter – Mansfield, CT
- Meriden Humane Society – Meriden, CT
- NECCOG (Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments) – Dayville, CT
- Newtown Canine Advocates – Newtown, CT
- Northeast Animal Shelter – Salem, MA
- Norton Animal Shelter – Norton, MA
- Old Lyme Animal Control Center – Old Lyme, CT
- Old Saybrook Animal Control – Old Saybrook, CT
- Our Companions Animal Rescue – Ashford, CT
- Pack Leaders Dog Rescue – Manchester, CT
- Plainfield Animal Control – Plainfield, CT
- Quincy Animal Shelter – Quincy, MA
- Rose Hope Animal Refuge – Waterbury, CT
- Scituate Animal Shelter – Scituate, MA
- Second Chance Animal Shelter – East Brookfield, MA
- SPCA of Connecticut – Monroe, CT
- The Little Guild – West Cornwall, CT
- Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center – Springfield, MA
- Wallingford Animal Shelter – Wallingford, CT
- Ware Animal Control Center – Ware, MA
- Westfield Homeless Cat Shelter – Westfield, MA
- Westfield Regional Animal Shelter – Westfield, MA
- Worcester Animal Rescue League – Worcester, MA