With schools adopting hybrid or remote models of learning this fall, many students may continue to face a nutritional gap as parents struggle to afford groceries given the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the need to buy additional food for a home-bound family. With food playing a vital role in student success, Stop & Shop has launched a Back-to-School Snack Program to help ease the burden on families as a result of the pandemic and ensure students are fueled for a successful school year.
Now through early October, the Stop & Shop Back-to-School Snack Program will provide a free bag of better-for-you snacks, as well as hand sanitizer, to students who visit one of the supermarket’s 52 stores hosting the program. The participating stores include all 27 Stop & Shop locations in New York City, nine Boston, Massachusetts, stores and four Providence, Rhode Island, stores, as well as select stores in Westchester, New York; Western Massachusetts; Bridgeport and the Hartford area in Connecticut; and Fall River, Massachusetts.
Each store will have a weekly distribution where parents and kids can go to a designated table to receive their free bag of snacks. The parent, guardian or child will be requested to show a school ID, and there is a limit of 1 snack bag per child, per week. The distribution dates vary by store, and customers can look for a sign at their local store to indicate when the event will take place each week.
“With COVID-19, we know that food insecurity has increased in the United States – and studies show that is particularly true for households with young children,” said Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid. “We hope our snack program will make a difference in the lives of thousands of families and students across our communities.”
Each bag contains snacks that will appeal to students of all ages:
- RX Kids Double Chocolate Bar: a protein bar for kids;
- Whisps: light, crunchy cheese crisps that are a low-carb, high-protein snack;
- Sparkling Ice: Sparkling Water. Zero sugar;
- MadeGood Chocolate Banana Bars and Chocolate Chip Crispy Squares: better-for-you versions of beloved treats;
- CLIF Kid Z-Bar: organic energy snack made for kids; and
- Creative Roots: plant-powered hydration in a variety of fruit flavors.
The bag also will include a bottle of Life to Go hand sanitizer, as well as a sidewalk chalk set.
Snack bag distribution varies by week, so customers are encouraged to check with their local participating store for details. For more information about how Stop & Shop is supporting its local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit stopandshop.com/covid.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, an Ahold Delhaize USA company, employs more than 60,000 associates and operates over 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.