To help provide hunger relief to those in need, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. is kicking off 2015 with the launch of its A+ School Rewards Fighting Hunger Challenge, a contest calling on participating schools to host food drives benefiting local food banks, pantries and soup kitchens. Prizes will be presented to those creating the best displays using the donated goods.
The challenge runs through Feb. 13 and is open to all schools (public or private) in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey that currently are registered in the A+ School Rewards Program, which can be found online here.
“As part of Stop & Shop’s commitment to being a better neighbor in each of the communities we serve, the A+ School Rewards Fighting Hunger Challenge is an ideal way to support both local schools and feeding those in need,” said Arlene Putterman, manager of public and community relations for Stop & Shop’s New York Metro Division.
To participate in the challenge, each school registered in the A+ School Rewards Program is asked to choose a local not-for-profit food bank, pantry or soup kitchen, conduct a food drive at their school and collect non-perishable goods. Each participating school builds a unique and creative Fighting Hunger Display using donated products and places in a prominent area of the school. The food items will be donated to the designated food bank, pantry or soup kitchen at the conclusion of the challenge.
Coordinators and/or principals must submit a photograph of their Fighting Hunger Display, indicating the name of their designated recipient. Schools are divided into three brackets based on enrollment size, with the top two schools in each bracket winning $1,000 each. The winning Fighting Hunger Display photos will be placed on the Stop & Shop social media pages.
Online entries must be submitted by Feb. 13 to [email protected]. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Feb. 13 and received by Feb. 19; send to A+ Fighting Hunger Challenge c/o Crane Communications, 111 Presidential Blvd., Ste. 252, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.