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QUINCY, Mass. -- The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. here has raised a record $1.24 million in this year's "Food for Friends" campaign. The program, now in its 18th year, benefits local and regional food pantries in the New England, New York, and New Jersey.
"Not only have we been able to support food banks and hunger relief agencies across our trade area through Food for Friends, but we've been able to raise the most in the history of the program at a time when food pantries are seeing their reserves dwindle," remarked said Stop & Shop president and c.e.o. José Alvarez in a statement.
As part of the campaign, each Stop & Shop store sold paper turkeys at checkout in $1, $3, and $5 denominations. The turkeys could be personalized by each customer and were displayed throughout the stores. All of the funds raised will be donated to local and regional hunger relief organizations, including local food pantries handpicked by store associates.
The 2007 Food for Friends campaign ran from Oct. 26 to Nov. 29.
Stop & Shop employs over 59,000 associates and operates 389 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey.