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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.

Wishes Can Come True

SPRINGFIELD, MA (April 22nd, 2019)

Over the past year, over 2,200 local schools and almost 100,000 customers have participated in Big Y’s Education Express program where schools K-12 earned free educational supplies and equipment. As part of this year’s program, the company provided an additional opportunity for schools to earn even more through a Holiday Wish Sweepstakes. Schools were invited to submit a 500 word essay as to what their special wish might be and the top 2 winners were chosen from almost 40 entries throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

From Holyoke, MA, Mater Dolorosa School has been granted their $8,500 wish to create a functioning lab for students to engage in different science projects including apparatus and equipment to enhance learning. At the Norwell, MA Middle School, students will be enjoying audiobooks within an expanded audiobook library through their $10,000 wish that was granted. Audiobooks help students become better readers and increase vocabulary.

Additionally, Big Y awarded a total of $175,000 in Holiday Wishes to nearly 40 other schools within their marketing area. These awards funded such projects as a robotics lab, outdoor learning areas, mindfulness space, virtual reality labs, sensory rooms and chill zones, reading gardens, smart boards, 3D printers and more.

According to John W. Schnepp, Big Y’s vice president of marketing, “Big Y has a longstanding commitment to education and our Education Express program is just one way that we support our local schools. This year’s additional Holiday Wishes proved to be one more way that we can provide for our students. We are delighted with the enthusiasm and participation we received from all of our communities.”

View the list of specific schools.