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The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and its parent company, Ahold USA, will donate $500,000 from the companies' charitable foundation, Our Family Foundation, to The One Fund Boston. Formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the organization will aid victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, which took place April 15.
“Words cannot express the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon,” said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division in Quincy, Mass. “We mourn with all of those who were affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with the City of Boston and our local and global communities as the details of this tragic event continue to unfold. Stop & Shop is here for our associates, our communities, and to support the local, state and federal responders working around the clock.”
“One of our promises as a business is to be better every day, and this extends to our neighbors,” added Ahold USA COO James McCann. “Many of our associates live, work and give back in New England, and these events have truly affected us all. Through The One Fund Boston, we hope to help in the healing process for so many whose lives have been forever altered.”
Part of Ahold, an Amsterdam-based international food retailing group, Ahold USA supports four regional divisions -- Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle -- which together operate nearly 775 supermarkets with about 120,000 associates in 14 states and the District of Columbia, along with e-grocer Peapod.