Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop has launched its annual Turkey Express program, a month-long initiative dedicated to donating holiday meals to hunger relief organizations and families ahead of Thanksgiving.
Stop & Shop has a longstanding history of giving back to the neighborhoods it serves with a focus on fighting hunger. This year, Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program will deliver 21,500 turkeys, equaling a total of nearly 340,000 pounds donated to 25 community partners and hunger relief organizations across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
The Turkey Express program has helped communities put a Thanksgiving meal on their tables for more than a decade. The grocer’s efforts are made possible through partners such as Shady Brook Farms, which has committed thousands of turkeys for donation this year.
The following are some of the organizations that will receive turkey donations from Stop & Shop throughout November: The Dimock Center, The Greater Boston Food Bank, YMCA of Greater Boston, Worcester County Food Bank, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rhode Island, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Connecticut Foodshare, Long Island Cares, Island Harvest, Fulfill, Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Food Bank for NYC.
“As a grocer, fighting hunger is an integral part of how we give back. With many of our neighbors still facing hardships as a result of the pandemic, the work food banks and hunger relief organizations continue to do for our communities is paramount, especially during the holiday season,” said Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop. “We are honored to partner with them and do our part to help ensure all families are able to enjoy a warm holiday meal with loved ones this year.”
Stop & Shop’s annual Turkey Express program kicked off with a distribution event at The Dimock Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts, which provides comprehensive health and human services to Boston’s underserved neighborhoods. During the event, The Dimock Center and Stop & Shop, with support from Shady Brook Farms, will distribute 500 turkeys and various Thanksgiving sides including corn, stuffing and apples to local residents in need.
“We are committed to providing delicious, nutritious food on families’ tables year-round,” said Hannah Kern, Shady Brook Farms marketing manager. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Stop & Shop to provide turkeys to communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, ensuring more families enjoy a nourishing, warm meal this holiday season.”
To learn more about Stop & Shop’s efforts to support hunger relief and give back to the communities it serves, click here.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA Company and employs 58,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
In other recent news, Stop & Shop’s Restore program was the exclusive sponsor of the Great Boston Cleanup Event on Oct. 1. Click here to see the story.