As part of its annual Turkey Express program, Stop & Shop will deliver 21,500 Thanksgiving turkeys, totaling more than 300,000 pounds, to 25 community partners and hunger relief organizations across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program, a month-long initiative that donates holiday meals ahead of Thanksgiving, has helped communities for more than a decade.
Shady Brook Farms has also donated thousands of turkeys this year to increase Stop & Shop’s efforts to assist its regional partner food banks and other hunger relief organizations.
“As a neighborhood grocer, we are dedicated to continuing our longstanding tradition of providing a plentiful Thanksgiving meal for those who need it, especially at a time when food insecurity is more prevalent than ever, and the strain on local food banks is only increasing,” said Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop.
“We are thankful for their partnership and that of our supplier partner Shady Brook Farms, who has been instrumental in expanding our reach with a generous donation of turkeys and continuing our mission of caring for the communities we proudly serve.”
Stop & Shop’s annual Turkey Express program will kick off with a special salute to veterans, spearheaded by the Stop & Shop Veterans Associate Resource Group, a group of Stop & Shop associates who are veterans or have relatives who are veterans or on active duty, in partnership with Home Base and Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center.
The event will include a formal dinner Nov. 8 hosted at the Stop & Shop’s Quincy headquarters that will feed about 50 veterans. After the meal, they will receive a frozen turkey and Thanksgiving sides to take home.
Turkey Express donation events will continue across the Northeast throughout November with the help of celebrities and surprise guests at Stop & Shop stores, regional food banks and other community partners.
“Everyone should be able to celebrate this holiday season with family and friends over a meal that includes a turkey as a delicious and nutritious source of protein,” said Hannah Kern, Shady Brook Farms’ senior marketing manager.
“We aim to make that possible for as many families as we can through our continued partnership with Stop & Shop and help them root out hunger in their local communities.”
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