To help offer more nutritious options to children and families at a time when food insecurity is rising because of COVID-19, Stop & Shop has donated $60,000 to local Boys & Girls Clubs in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island. The donations, which took place during National Nutrition Month, are being used to help the clubs secure fresh produce and other foods that meet their members’ nutritional needs.
The three Boys & Girls Clubs receiving donations are:
- Boys & Girls Clubs in Rhode Island, with seven locations across the state, received 30,000 pounds of fresh produce to distribute to local children and their families;
- Boys & Girls Club of Hartford in Connecticut, which operates three locations across Hartford, Connecticut, received fresh produce to distribute to 200 Club members ranging in age from 6-18. The fresh produce donated will supplement the food provided on a regular basis to club members through the on-campus food pantries, which opened in 2020 through a grant from Stop & Shop. In addition to food, each pantry focuses on providing nutrition education and other wellness activities; and
- Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic in New Jersey, which received a $20,000 grant from Stop & Shop to support their Healthy Habits programming. The club will now be able to enhance its current food services and to create the Stop & Shop Learning Supermarket, which will provide financial literacy, nutrition lessons and culinary knowledge for the older youth and nutrition and wellness programming for younger children.
“Nutrition is a vital part to a student’s success, and we’re proud to support our local Boys & Girls Clubs as they empower kids to live healthy, productive lives,” said Jennifer Brogan, director of community relations for Stop & Shop.
This contribution is one of the many ways Stop & Shop has been fueling its communities throughout the pandemic. From donating millions in dollars and resources to regional food bank partners to providing 5,000 meals a day to frontline healthcare workers at hospitals across the Northeast, to most recently providing hundreds of meals weekly to medical workers at various vaccine sites, Stop & Shop is committed to nourishing the communities we serve.