With school water fountains closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Stop & Shop has donated more than 155,000 bottles of water to six of its School Food Pantry partners. The donation was made to help ensure students, faculty and staff stay hydrated throughout the day while in-person learning resumes.
Schools received 24-packs of Stop & Shop brand bottled water delivered by local store associates over the last few weeks as students and teachers returned to full-time, in-person learning. Totaling a donation of nearly 50 pallets of bottled water – equal to 20,000 gallons – school recipients include:
- Meriden Public Schools in Meriden, Connecticut;
- LaGrange Middle School in Lagrangeville, New York;
- Westfield Public Schools in Massachusetts;
- Fall River Public Schools in Massachusetts;
- Washington STEM Elementary School in Lynn, Massachusetts; and
- Rafael Hernández K-8 Dual Language School in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
“The transition to full-time, in-person classroom settings can be both exciting and challenging for students, faculty and staff, and Stop & Shop wanted to offer support,” said Jennifer Brogan, director of community relations for Stop & Shop. “Making sure extra water is accessible is our way of helping our school partners stay hydrated and focused on learning.”
The Stop & Shop School Food Pantry program is supporting more than 30 schools across the brand’s five-state footprint to date with plans to open more. Stop & Shop, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, works directly with schools to establish and support food pantries to ensure that kids don’t have to go to school hungry – and to help them perform their best. Stop & Shop School Food Pantries nourish students ranging from pre-k through college.