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Big Y Donates More Than $90K To Local Breast Cancer Groups

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In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from the October 2020 initiative “Partners of Hope” to 31 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. This monthlong program reflects the partnership, commitment and support of breast cancer awareness and research that are so vital for many.

In October, Big Y raised $90,496, which was donated to the following organizations:


Derby – Griffin Hospital, Griffin Health;

Hartford – Hartford Hospital, Partnership for Breast Care; and St. Francis Foundation, Comprehensive Breast Health Center;

Madison – Infinite Strength Inc.;

New Britain – CT Breast Health Initiative;

New London – Terri Brooder Breast Cancer Foundation;

New Haven – Yale-New Haven Hospital, Breast Cancer Program;

Norwich – Backus Hospital, Backus Cancer Center;

Stafford Springs – Johnson Memorial Hospital, Breast Care Center;

Torrington – Charlotte/Hungerford Hospital, Pink Roses Program;

Waterbury – St. Mary’s Hospital, Breast & Oncology Center;

Westbrook – Middlesex Hospital Cancer Care, Middlesex Health Shoreline Center; and

Willimantic – Windham Hospital Foundation, Breast Cancer Program.



Amherst – Protect Our Breasts;

Boston – Mass General Hospital, Gillete Center for Breast Cancer; Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Breast Oncology Program; Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers; Boston Medical Center, Belkin Breast Health Center; American Cancer Society Inc. Northeast Region, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer;

Ludlow – The Pink Way, MA HMC Breast Health Center;

Longmeadow – Survivor Journeys, Breast Cancer Program;

Northampton – Cancer-Connection; Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Women’s Health Care;

Norwood – Ellie Fund;

Pittsfield – Berkshire Medical Center, Women’s Imaging Center;

South Weymouth – South Shore Health System Foundation;

Springfield – Baystate Health Foundation, Rays of Hope; Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Breast Care Center;

Worcester – Saint Vincent Hospital, Breast Care Clinic; U Mass Memorial Health Care, Comprehensive Breast Center; and Family Health Center of Worcester Center, Lois B. Green Breast Health Center.

During October, Big Y donated a portion of the proceeds from both the floral and produce purchases including Sunshine Bouquets. Additionally, Big Y donated 5 cents for each Big Y’s family of brands including Full Circle Organics, Culinary Tours, Cravin’ Flavor, Food Club, That’s Smart, Wide Awake Coffee, Sweet P’s Bake Shop, Top Care Health, Tippy Toes, Pure Harmony and Paw’s Happy Life purchased between Oct. 8 and 14 (some exclusions may apply).

Big Y Butcher Shops donated 10 cents from every pound of All Natural Angus Beef and Big Y Smart Chicken sold during October and Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center also donated $5 for every flu shot given. Customers were able donate directly to Partner’s of Hope via bigy.com.

Big Y’s dietitian team, Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell, devoted a portion of their fall newsletter to cancer prevention.

“Despite the pandemic, breast cancer affects thousands of women and more men each year. Through our Partners of Hope campaign, we want to not only promote breast cancer awareness but also save lives through early detection and care,” said Big Y CEO Charles D’Amour.

Since 2007, Big Y has raised well over $2 million to support local breast cancer initiatives.

Big Y Foods Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 83 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 71 supermarkets, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 12 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with almost 12,000 employees. Big Y has been recognized by Forbes as a Best-in-State Employer in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast.

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