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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.

Over 7,000 Turkeys Donated to 5 Food Banks

SPRINGFIELD, MA (November 29, 2018)

The 5 food banks within Big Y World Class Markets' marketing area will be getting an early gift for the upcoming holidays as the company donates over 100,000 pounds of turkeys to those in need. Typically, Big Y buyers must order turkeys in July and predict their upcoming supply needs from their growers 4 months in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This summer prediction must factor in changing regional customer buying trends, past order history per store as well as other supply parameters within each of their 70 markets across 2 states. Rather than marking down the price of these turkeys for sale, Big Y has opted to donate them as an opportunity to help others in need within their communities.

Current demographic trends seem to indicate that fewer households are interested in cooking whole fresh turkeys each year even though frozen birds are still popular. Big Y has seen this change as they are selling more fully cooked complete turkey dinners, more turkey parts such as the breasts only, specialty birds such as natural, organic and kosher as well as other meats such as hams and beef roasts or even ducks. Another trend that they witnessed is more consumer interest in simply eating out and not cooking at all.

Fortunately, Big Y is now able to donate about 7,000 whole Butterball and Shady Brook Farms turkeys to 5 food banks including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Worcester County Food Bank, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Foodshare of Greater Hartford and the Connecticut Food Bank. These agencies represent over 2100 member agencies which are eager to get these turkeys to those in need within their respective communities.

These turkey donations will be included in Big Y's weekly food donations to the food banks which already received loads of meat, produce, bread and other goods. According to Guy McFarlane, Big Y vice president of fresh foods, “We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with our local food banks. They will be able to get these turkeys to so many people who depend upon their services every day.”