Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets has donated more than $1.7 million to area schools across New England and New York, helping 1,656 schools as part of its Hannaford Helps Schools program.
The donations will help support needs determined by individual schools including things like new computers, musical instruments, sports gear or playground equipment.
“We’re proud that Hannaford Helps Schools can expand opportunities for students – especially at a time when so many of our schools are stretched for resources,” said Ericka Dodge, spokesperson for Hannaford. “Educators already go above and beyond each and every day, and now they’re faced with additional challenges brought on by educating in a COVID-19 environment. We hope that this donation done in partnership with our generous shoppers can provide some additional support to their students and classrooms.”
The Hannaford Helps Schools program helps local schools meet fundraising goals by engaging shoppers to purchase specially marked items in Hannaford stores. Each store features more than 1,500 eligible products on its shelves. For every four participating products purchased, a shopper will receive three “School Dollars” that they can then donate in-store to the school of their choice. Additionally, Hannaford awards $1,000 to the school that raises in the most funds in each community.
In Maine, $569,157 went to 1,038 schools, including 155 schools receiving an additional $1,000 bonus.
In New Hampshire, $407,864 went to 679 schools, including 70 schools receiving an additional $1,000 bonus.
In Massachusetts, $156,993 went to 344 schools, including 34 receiving an additional $1,000 bonus.
In Vermont, $176,315 went to 389 schools, including 33 schools receiving an additional $1,000 bonus.
In New York, $416,538 went to 781 schools, including 104 schools receiving an additional $1,000 bonus.
The 2021 Hannaford Helps School program will launch on March 14 and extend through May 29.
Since 1999, Hannaford Helps Schools has raised nearly $14 million for schools in New England and New York.
Hannaford Supermarkets operates 184 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates.