Big Y in the News
Big Y Foods, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 84 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 71 supermarkets, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 10 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with almost 12,000 employees. Big Y has been recognized by Forbes as a Best-in-State Employer in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as 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 Helps Others This Holiday Season
SPRINGFIELD, MA [Novemeber 22, 2021] – In this season of giving food to those in need, Big Y’s annual Sack Hunger provides funds for the four food banks within their 2-state marketing area. In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100-member agencies that they help every day. Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.
For $5, a customer can support Sack Hunger from any register at Big Y’s 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors from November 4th – December 15th . Customers can donate online at https://www.bigy.com/rs/GiftCards . Once again to further support the increased needs within their community during this pandemic, Big Y will be matching donations. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support. Last year Big Y and their customers donated 2.1 million meals to those in need.
According to Big Y’s president and CEO, Charles L. D’Amour, “Throughout our 85-year history, we’ve recognized the importance of helping our communities. We know that our customers and employees are eager to support families across Massachusetts and Connecticut. Our Sack Hunger program makes it easy for the food banks to do their work. And with Big Y’s matching donation, we anticipate even more help for our friends and neighbors as we respond to increased needs this past year.”
In addition to Sack Hunger, Big Y donates healthy food to these food banks six days a week throughout the year. Most of last year’s almost 6 million meals consisted of donations of meat and fresh produce, bakery, nonperishable grocery items, frozen food and dairy items. Over the past ten years including Sack Hunger, Big Y has donated over $10.5 million dollars worth of food or 21 million meals to those in need. The four food banks are Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Worcester County Food Bank, Greater Boston Food Bank, and The Connecticut Food Share.