Ahold USA donated $67 million in 2012 through the company’s Our Family Foundation, its retail banners of Stop & Shop, Giant/Martin’s and Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, along with customer, vendor and associate donations to local organizations committed to fighting hunger, improving the lives of children and building healthy communities. As a food retailer, Ahold USA and its companies recognize the important role it plays in helping to eradicate hunger in the communities it serves and, in 2012, hunger-related donations accounted for 46 percent, or $31 million, of the overall donations, according to a news release.
To alleviate child hunger by reaching more food-insecure children with healthy meals, Ahold USA announces a new three-year initiative to distribute $9 million in Fighting Child Hunger grants from its Our Family Foundation. As part of this initiative, Fighting Child Hunger grants have been awarded to 21 regional food banks served by Ahold USA’s Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro and Giant Landover divisions. Each grant recipient submitted a proposal late last year addressing how they believed a Fighting Child Hunger grant could best be used to feed more children. These grants target communities with significant need in order to provide healthy meals to children through childcare, after school, mobile pantries and summer programs, as well as other innovative approaches.
“Grocery stores are among the top donors to Feeding America food banks nationwide and these grants will take our core missions of hunger relief and help children a step further by raising awareness for the issue and feeding more children in the local communities we serve,” said Bhavdeep Singh, EVP of operations and chair of Ahold USA’s Our Family Foundation. “Companywide, Ahold USA and our retail divisions will continue our commitment to donating cash, product and volunteer time, delivering on a call to action to do everything we can to alleviate childhood hunger.”
The core Fighting Child Hunger grants will be further supplemented by volunteer grants that donate to regional food banks based on associate volunteering.
Grant recipients are (includes location, coverage area and grant summary):
• Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., metro area. Identify communities with the greatest unmet child hunger needs and expand Food for Kids programming (Kids Cafe, Weekend Bag and Summer Food Service) to meet those needs.
• Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore, Md., statewide. Expand programs to reach food insecure children in four counties by establishing 85 new School Pantry programs, 30 At Risk Supper Clubs and 30 Summer Meals programs.
• Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Verona, Va., 25 counties and nine cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and Verona. Develop, pilot and replicate a School Pantry Program; expand existing BackPack program to a Family BackPack Program.
• Food Bank of Delaware, Newark, Del., statewide. Support the Summer Grab and Go meal distribution program for children who are not able to access traditional Summer Food Service program meal distribution sites.
• Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Fredericksburg, Va., Fredericksburg and Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties.
• Expand the Kids On the Go Summer Weekend Feeding Program and the Food-for-Kidz Schoolyear Weekend Feeding Program.
• Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, Mass., Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties. Transition BackPack Program to school-based food pantries; expand mobile WIC distributions.
• Rhode Island Food Bank, Providence, R.I., statewide. Increase participation at Summer Food Service Programs by addressing gaps in service at the end of the school year, increasing the number of sites in underserved areas, and creating program efficiencies.
• Foodshare Inc. (Connecticut), Bloomfield, Conn., Hartford and Tolland counties. Strengthen and expand community level task force program called Hunger Action Teams to identify and address unmet child hunger needs in communities.
• Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Hatfield, Mass., Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. Research, plan and launch a mobile food pantry that targets organizations working with children and young families.
• New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, N.H., statewide. Add another 10 mobile food pantry deliveries at youth-serving organizations, timed to cover the gap between the end of school and the start of summer feeding programs.
• Worcester County Food Bank, Shrewsbury, Mass., Worcester County. Establish a mobile summer meals program in partnership with the Worcester Public Schools to deliver meals directly to children in low-income neighborhoods.
• Project Bread (Massachusetts), Boston, Mass., statewide. Expand and improve Summer Food Service Program sites in Massachusetts through small grants and technical assistance to sites, increased use of recovered produce, and public outreach to improve participation.
• Connecticut Food Bank, East Haven, Conn., Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, Windham and Litchfield counties. Launch Groceries on Wheels, a mobile food pantry with perishables targeting low-income families with young children.
• Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Hillside, N.J. All of New Jersey except Salem, Gloucester and Camden counties. Expand Pediatric Pantry Program, a partnership with hospitals in low-income neighborhoods to “prescribe” healthy produce for young children in need; expand Alternative Meals Kids Café Program, which provides healthy meals at after school sites without access to kitchen facilities.
• Long Island Cares, Hauppauge, N.Y., Nassau and Suffolk counties. Expand Kids Café after school food and mentoring program, transition Snack Programs to full meal programsm, and establish new Snack Programs in preparation for transition to full meal programs where possible.
• Island Harvest, Mineola, N.Y., Nassau and Suffolk counties. Provide fresh produce and nutrition education to child-centered member agencies.
• Food Bank of New York City, New York, N.Y., five boroughs of New York City. Establish a monthly School Pantry Program at a high-need school in either Staten Island or Queens.
• Food Bank of Hudson Valley, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Putnam and Sullivan counties. Establish and grow a School BackPack Program.
• Food Bank for Westchester, Elmsford, N.Y., Westchester County. Expand School BackPack Program.
• Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, Neptune, N.J., Monmouth and Ocean counties. Increase the capacity of local pantries that serve large numbers of children to store and distribute fresh produce and other perishables; increase participation in the School BackPack program.
• End Hunger Connecticut, Hartford, Conn., statewide. Increase access to after school and summer meal programs to increase participation; provide small grants to programs to improve nutritional quality and use of fresh produce.
Ahold USA is part of Ahold, a Dutch-based international food retailing group that operates supermarkets in the United States and Europe. Ahold USA supports four regional divisions—Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle—that together operate nearly 775 supermarkets with approximately 115,000 associates in 14 states and the District of Columbia along with Peapod, the nation’s leading e-commerce grocery shopping/delivery service.