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    Stop & Shop Aids Northeast Schools

    Rewards program in 5th year at banner

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information

    The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC has distributed $2.5 million to almost Northeast 4,000 schools following its 2013-14 "A+ School Rewards" program, which enables schools to earn funds to support programs and enrichment activities when customers makes purchases with their Stop & Shop cards.

    "We … know that this year's participating schools will be able to use these monies to enhance their students' learning experience," said Arlene Putterman, manager of public and community relations for Purchase, N.Y.-based Stop & Shop NY Metro. “We recognize that these youths are our future leaders.”

    "We are grateful to our customers who help make these important donations possible," added Judi Palmer, director of marketing and external communications for Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop New England.

    Ahold USA-wide Rewards Program

    Linked to shoppers' Stop & Shop loyalty cards, A+ School Rewards allows the banner’s customers to designate up to two schools to benefit from their purchases. Since 2009, the program has raised more than $9.6 million for both public and private schools in the Northeast. The chain's sister Ahold USA divisions, Giant/Martin’s and Giant-Landover, have also seen success with the program.

    The top five schools that earned the highest number of A+ School Rewards points in the New York Metro area are St. Charles School, Staten Island, N.Y., $23,858.48; Nathan Hale Middle School, Norwalk, Conn., $8,481.23; St. Clare Elementary, Staten Island, N.Y., $7,752.05; Blind Brook School, Rye Brook, N.Y., $6,479.81; and St. Padre Pio School, Ridgefield, Conn., $6,163.27.

    The top five schools in the New England area are Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, Mass., $22,007.21; Richmond Elementary School, Wyoming, R.I., $19,529.74; Kingston Elementary and Intermediate Schools, Kingston, Mass., $15,885.35; John F. Kennedy High School, Waterbury, Conn., $15,482.70; and East Hampton High School, East Hampton, Conn., $12,364.94.

    St. Charles School on Staten Island, New York Metro's No. 1 rewards leader for the past four years, has raised a total of $80,765 since 2010, while Amherst Regional High School, New England's highest-earning school for all five years of the program, has so far raised $91,423.

    Information about the 2014-15 A+ School Rewards program will be available online in August.

    Employing about 59,000 associates, Stop & Shop operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information
    • About Bridget Goldschmidt In addition to serving as Progressive Grocer’s Managing Editor, Bridget writes many print and digital features encompassing a range of grocery and fresh categories across the store. Bridget also enjoys on-site reporting assignments at such key industry events as the New York Fancy Food Show and the International Boston Seafood Show, in addition to visiting stores for PG’s prestigious Store of the Month feature. In her years with the magazine, she has developed into a knowledgeable voice on grocery industry trends, sought by such distinguished publications as The New York Times.

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