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Big Y donates 1.5 million meals to food banks

Big Y’s annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within its two-state marketing area. In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies that they help every day. The goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.

For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger at Big Y’s 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support. Big Y’s Sack Hunger campaign started in 2010 where 740 meals were donated. With this year’s 1.5 million meals, the program continues to grow in support of those in need.

“We appreciate the generosity of our customers and employees in helping us to support our friends and neighbors," said Charles L. D’Amour, Big Y president and CEO. "And, we are grateful to our partnerships with our four area food banks for their tireless efforts in serving those most vulnerable in our communities. Being able to provide another 1.5 million meals through our Sack Hunger program helps us to fulfill our mission to feed families.”

This past year the company continued to see a dramatic increase in food insecurity throughout the region. Big Y’s Sack Hunger donation is part of its ongoing support throughout the year, including almost daily donations of meat, fresh produce and bakery along with grocery, frozen food and dairy items.

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