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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.

Sack Hunger in Your Town

SPRINGFIELD, MA (November 8, 2018)

For the 9th year, all Big Y Supermarkets are working to help feed the hungry within their local communities through Care To Share Sack Hunger a large reusable grocery bag filled with staple non-perishable food items for local food banks. Customers purchase a Sack Hunger bag of groceries for $10 and Big Y distributes the food to that region's local food bank. In turn, the food banks distribute the filled “sacks” to area soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, daycare centers as well as many of their other member agencies. All of the donated sacks are distributed within the supermarket's marketing area so every donation stays within the local community. Since its inception nine years ago, over 133,000 bags of food have been donated to area needy via Big Y's Care To Share Sack Hunger Program. This year's Sack Hunger campaign runs from November 8th through December 26th.

As an additional option, customers may choose to purchase and donate a $10 “Virtual Bag” at the register that will be used by the agencies to purchase turkeys or whatever is most needed. Online donations will also be accepted. See https://www.bigy.com/rs/GiftCards for more information.

As an added bonus, any customer donations made on Saturday, November 17th will be matched by Big Y.

According to Donald H. D'Amour, chairman and CEO, “Our Sack Hunger program makes it easy for our customers to provide nutritious, non-perishable staple food to those less fortunate within our community. We all appreciate their efforts to make this a bigger program each year.”

All five food banks within Big Y's marketing area are participating in Sack Hunger. These food banks represent over 2,100 member agencies throughout the region. They are the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank, Foodshare of Greater Hartford, and The Connecticut Food Bank.

The sacks include the following non-perishable Big Y items: instant rice, corn flakes, creamy peanut butter, tuna, kidney beans, green beans, whole kernel corn, quick oats, elbow macaroni, and sweet peas. Sacks are available at all 70 Big Y Supermarkets and Fresh Acres. Last year, Big Y customers donated nearly 22,000 bags of food to those in need. They hope to beat that figure this year.