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Join Us in Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrate with us throughout the month of March in recognizing the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history.

Join us in recognizing some of our coworkers who are committed to serving their communities each and every day!



Aaliyah has been with us for the last 22 years. She is currently a Seafood Specialist in Manchester, CT.

“I love the people I work with… I feel very included at Big Y. I feel part of the team.”



Kelly has spent 8 years with Big Y as a Grocery Specialist at our Springfield store.

“I love the relationships I have built. Lights up my world. I feel like I am part of a family, we are here for each other.”



After 9 years in our West Hartford store, Jasmine is going strong.

“I have encouraged other women to join grocery. I encourage cross-training. Plus, I really feel valued here.”



Abby is the Bakery Specialist-Cake Decorator in our Rocky Hill, CT store and has been serving her community for 5 years.

“My favorite part of the job is the creativity! I have so much pride when I see the bakery case full and pretty.”



Jayne has spent 26 years in our Manchester, CT location and is currently the Food Service Specialist.

“I take pride in what I do. If I see something that needs to be fixed I fix it or provide support where I can. I have a lot of regular customers that say 'hi'. I enjoy that.”



In her second year with us, we’re happy to have Jocelyn as a Deli Specialist in our Rocky Hill store.

“Why do I stay? The people. This company has the Big Y family feel, this has been the most family-oriented company I have ever worked for in my career.”


On March 8th, We Celebrate International Women’s Day

It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women! Join our employees by wearing purple on this day!


Big Y is Proud to Partner with Women-Led Local Businesses.

Check out a few of the women right around the corner making an impact in our communities.


Cindy Rhodes
Cape Cod Select Cranberries

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Cindi Bigelow
Bigelow Tea

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Kim Snow
Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods

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Dawn Mulvaney
Parnella Naturals

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The History of Food is Written by Women

It’s no secret that women have been nourishing our communities for generations. Let’s recognize a few pioneers… our first-in-food women.





In 1796, Amelia Simmons of Hartford, CT, was the first American to publish a cookbook. “American Cookery” was a top seller for more than 30 years and remains a cultural phenomenon. Recently named one of the 88 books that shaped America by the Library of Congress.




Julia Child was more than a chef, she was a six-foot two-inch force of nature. She attended Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, was the first woman to host a television cooking show, a Peabody & Emmy winner, author, holder of multiple honorary doctorate degrees and served during WWII with the OSS (Was she a spy? We’ll never know).




Until Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher came along, food writing was totally focused on eating for nourishment and relegated to the “women’s pages” of magazines. She revolutionized the way Americans wrote about (and understood) food. In her words, “Since we must eat to live, we might as well do it with both grace and gusto.”




Alice Waters changed the food game by changing the lexicon. Coining the terms, “slow food” and “farm-to-table,” she is a pioneer in the local movement. In 1992, she was the first woman to earn the distinction, Best Chef in America.




This St. Lucia native has food excellence in her blood and is an extremely accomplished chef. Marquee among her achievements was her being the first black woman to win the James Beard Award in 2018 for best chef in the south.




Cooper’s achievements in the world of food are many. She founded the American Dietetics Association, was the first supervising dietician for the US Army, advised the Surgeon General of the United States and was the protégé of John Harvey Kellogg. She was a forerunner in the area of vegetarianism.


Show Appreciation for the Amazing Women in Your Life with a Special International Women’s Day Floral Arrangement

A flower symbolizes how our love for someone grows. On this special day, an arrangement from your local Big Y floral department may be the perfect way to commemorate the amazing women in your life.


Beautiful Multi-Colored Roses Complemented with Bear Grass.


International Women's Day Bouquet.


Small Balloon Bouquet with 18" Mylar Balloon With Six Latex Balloons.


Phalaenopsis Orchid Large Single and Double Stem Orchids In a 5” Ceramic Container.