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As part of continuing efforts to fight hunger in its stores’ surrounding communities, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. has teamed with Grammy-nominated musician Hunter Hayes and ConAgra Foods for the "Hunter Hayes 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger," which will include May 9 performances in Boston and New Haven, Conn. Hayes aims to raise awareness to help eradicate child hunger while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in 24 hours.
As a participating sponsor, Stop & Shop will have a presence at the Boston event, which will take place in the morning at the Paradise Rock Club, and the New Haven event later that day at Toad's Place. The banner's food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank continues until May 9 at its Hamden, East Haven, West Haven and North Haven, Conn., stores.
"Stop & Shop is committed to being a better neighbor in our local communities, especially around hunger relief and child-related efforts," noted Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England division, in Quincy, Mass. "No child should go hungry, but approximately 16 million children in the United States currently live in households without consistent access to adequate food."
"As a food retailer, we continue to play an important role in the fight against hunger and regularly work hand in hand with our local food banks through donations and also associate volunteering," added Don Sussman, president, Stop & Shop New York Metro division, in Purchase, N.Y. "In recent years, we have been able to expand on that commitment through the donation of high-protein meat, the funding of mobile food pantries and a greater emphasis on ensuring kids most in need have access to healthy food."
Ahold's Our Family Foundation
Stop & Shop and Our Family Foundation, an organization created by its parent company, Ahold, are in the second year of a three-year initiative to distribute $6 million in Fighting Child Hunger grants to 16 regional food banks throughout the supermarket chain's market area. These grants provide healthy meals to children through child care, after-school, mobile pantries and summer programs, as well as other innovative approaches.
Stop & Shop employs about 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
Hayes' second album, Storyline, released May 6 on Atlantic Records, features the current hit single "Invisible."