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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Shaw’s and Star Market customers rose to the occasion this past holiday season by donating more than 55,500 bags of food to area hunger relief organizations through the “Spirit of Giving” food drive. Thanks to the generosity of Shaw’s and Star Marker customers, these bags will provide more than 250,000 meals to those in need of local hunger relief. In addition, Shaw’s and Star Market donated an additional $110,000 to support local organizations get food to those in need.
According to the USDA, more than one in seven U.S. households experienced food insecurity last year. Through the Spirit of Giving program, Shaw’s and Star Market, along with its customers, worked to ensure that local food banks are well-stocked and prepared to feed those in need around the holidays and into the New Year.
“At Shaw’s and Star Market we are acutely aware of the hunger problems within the communities we live and understand how important it is to help get food to those who need it.” said Shane Sampson, president, Shaw’s and Star Market. “Our customers have a long reputation of generosity, and once again, they have helped make the Spirit of Giving Food Drive a success. We’re proud to be part of the communities where we operate, and are especially proud to be able to support these organizations who get food to the many people in need.”
From November 29 through December 26, Shaw’s and Star Market customers were able to purchase pre-assembled bags that contain much-needed non-perishable food items including cereal, corn and rice for $5, $10 or $15. Once collected, the pre-assembled bags went directly to community food banks and pantries throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. All 157 Shaw’s and Star Market locations worked to identify local organizations within their communities who will be the recipients of the food.
“The support The New Hampshire Food Bank receives from Shaw’s is important in our efforts to help provide for those who are food insecure,” said Mel Gosselin, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Thanks to the generosity of Shaw’s and their customers we were not only able to help those in need during the holiday season, but were able to restock to help our partner agencies provide support to those in need the winter months.”
The conclusion of the Spirit of Giving food drive marked the culmination of several holiday hunger relief efforts from Shaw’s and Star Market. In November, customers raised $170,000 during the company’s “Turkey Bucks” fundraising campaign to help get Thanksgiving dinners on the table of those in need. These donations enabled local food pantries to receive more than 3,200 complete Thanksgiving dinners. In addition, Shaw’s and Star Market donated an additional $110,000 in gift cards and product to The Greater Boston Food Bank, Good Shepherd Food Bank, The Salvation Army and the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf during the holiday season.