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".
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Food Donations Help Local Food Banks
Big Y donates over 5,000,000 meals annually
SPRINGFIELD, MA (March 1, 2018)
In a chain-wide effort to help the less fortunate within their local communities, Big Y has highlighted their recent holiday Sack Hunger program along with year round efforts to donate food to all of their food banks for a total of over 5 million meals donated this past year.
Big Y’s 8th annual Sack Hunger/Care to Share program brought almost 22,000 bags of food to local recipients. Sack Hunger bags are large reusable grocery bags filled with staple non-perishable foods for local food banks.
Big Y customers purchase a Sack Hunger bag full of groceries for $10 and Big Y distributes that bag of groceries to a local food bank. In turn, the food banks distribute the filled sacks to area soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and more throughout their member agencies. In addition, customers had the option of purchasing a “virtual” bag in store or online where proceeds were used by many agencies to purchase turkeys or whatever was most needed.
Since its inception, 8 years ago, over 133,000 bags have been donated through this program which typically runs through November and December of each year.
The 5 food banks within Big Y’s local marketing area represent over 2100 member agencies that benefit from almost daily food donations as well as Sack Hunger. 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.
Filled Sack Hunger bags included the following non-perishable Big Y Items: rice, corn flakes, creamy peanut butter, tuna, kidney beans, whole kernel corn, green beans, quick oats, elbow macaroni and sweet peas. Sacks were available at all 70 Big Y’s, Fresh Acres Specialty Market and Table & Vine fine wine, spirits, beer and specialty foods stores.
According to Charles L. D’Amour, president and COO, “We are proud to partner with our local food banks every day of the week. In addition during the holiday season, our Sack Hunger program makes it easy to provide nutritious, non-perishable staple food to those less fortunate within our community. We are grateful to our customers who help support our friends and neighbors in need. In fact, all of their donated sacks of food have already been distributed to area food banks.”
This year’s program also included an additional partnership with the Hershey Co. that helped to raise an additional $10,000 to these 5 food banks under Hershey’s Feeding America partnership. With Hershey’s help, Big Y’s Sack Hunger program provided close to $300,000 worth of food during the last 2 months of the year.
In addition to Sack Hunger, Big Y donates healthy food to these food banks 6 days a week throughout the year. In 2017, their donations totaled over 5million meals. These 5 million meals include donations of meat, fresh produce, bakery, non-perishable grocery items, frozen food and dairy products for those in need. In fact, these almost daily donations have become routine and a natural part of their operations. The 5 food banks depend upon this steady flow of food to feed those in need.