Stop & Shop kicks off annual produce program
Summer can be the hungriest time of year for many families with an estimated 22 million children facing summer hunger, according to Feeding America. In response Stop & Shop launched its annual “Local Produce for Locals in Need” program, an initiative dedicated to donating locally grown, fresh vegetables to neighbors in need to help combat summer hunger in children and families throughout the month of August.
Distribution events across multiple states will bring the same local produce Stop & Shop offers in its stores to hundreds who are facing food insecurity. Through this program, communities in need will have access to fresh, local produce like eggplant, corn, cabbage, peppers and cucumbers as Stop & Shop works to increase access to healthy, nutritious foods across its footprint.
The brand will be kicking off the program in New Jersey, where Stop & Shop will donate $5,000 worth of New Jersey-grown produce to regional food bank Fulfill, which services Monmouth and Ocean counties. Distribution events will be held throughout the month.
Stop & Shop highlights local produce throughout all of its stores each year during the month of August, helping to sustain local farms and businesses while supplying customers with a selection of regionally sourced items and local flavors across farmstand-fresh produce, sustainably sourced seafood, delicious baked goods and many more locally sourced favorites. Stores will feature signage throughout aisles highlighting featured farms Stop & Shop sources its local selection from.