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Shaw’s Supermarkets celebrated the grand re-opening of two its stores in Auburn and Lewiston, Maine, by donating a trailer to Good Shepherd Food-Bank.
The newly revamped stores were designed to offer customers expanded produce, meat and seafood departments and a large selection of local products.
“From the products and services to design layout, Shaw’s is committed to delivering a shopping experience that meets the needs of our local customers,” said Shaw’s President Mike Stigers. “The redesigned Auburn and Lewiston locations bring a greater selection and variety to our customers, while offering a fresh, new feel to their shopping experience. We look forward to continuing to provide our neighbors with quality products and outstanding service they expect from Shaw’s.”
The West Bridgewater, Mass.-based supermarket chain commemorated the re-openings with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stores on July 13. Town officials and community members from Auburn and Lewiston joined Stigers as well as other Shaw’s executives and associates at the event. As part of the ceremony, Shaw’s made $2,000 donations to St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Auburn, and the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston.
The highlight was the presentation of a trailer to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. The donation was rooted in Shaw’s commitment to helping the organizations who support hunger relief.
“As a grocer, we understand the need for hunger relief is something that is constant year round,” added Stigers. “We have a great relationship with the Good Shepherd Food-Bank and support them year-round through programs such as Fresh Rescue, which provides the Food-Bank with fresh items such as meat, dairy and produce. It is our hope this trailer will help to enhance the important work they do on a daily basis to help the people of Maine.”
“The support Good Shepherd Food-Bank receives from Shaw’s is critical to our efforts to eliminate hunger in Maine,” said Jim Dowe, Interim President and CEO at the Food-Bank. “In the past two years, Shaw’s has become one of our largest retail partners in the fight against hunger in Maine. The donation of this trailer will allow us to pick up and deliver millions of pounds of food each year to Mainers in need of our help.”
Fresh Rescue Food Donations play key a part in Shaw’s waste diversion efforts -- last year, Shaw’s donated over a half-million pounds of food in Maine that otherwise would have been wasted. The Auburn location was one of the first stores in the company to reach a major environmental milestone in the Shaw’s “zero waste” program by diverting over 90 percent of all store waste from local landfills.
Shaw’s operates 169 supermarkets in five New England states.