With many Hartford, Connecticut-area families facing increased financial strain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stop & Shop announced a $75,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford. This grant will assist the Boys & Girls Club in running a food pantry at each of its three locations, and in providing nutrition education to its members and their families.
“As we approach the holiday season and families continue to face challenges of food insecurity, this grant will offer immediate aid to the children and families that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford supports,” said Stephen Iasimone, regional VP of Stop & Shop. “Stop & Shop is proud to assist in the creation of these on-campus food pantries and access programs helping to ensure access to food and nutritional education year-round.”
Stop & Shop’s $75,000 donation will benefit 300 Hartford Boys & Girls Club members ranging in age from 6-18. The grant support will be divided among the club’s three Hartford campuses located on Sigourney Street, Chandler Street and Broad Street. Each club location will be opening a food pantry for their individual members and will focus on providing nutrition education and other wellness activities, helping to ensure kids remain nourished in mind, body and spirit.
“In this unsettling time, it is important that we provide a healthy environment for our club members and their families,” said Sam Gray, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. “Partnering with Stop & Shop allows our members access to healthy meals, be educated on good nutrition and food sustainability as well as learning to make smart food choices.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club located on 170 Sigourney Street in Hartford, commemorated the pantries’ opening, further solidifying Stop & Shop and the Boys & Girls Club’s commitment to eradicating food insecurity in the Hartford community.