PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC and its parent company Ahold USA, today announced donations totaling $2.5 million from the companies and their charitable foundation, Our Family Foundation, to the American Red Cross. The donations are being made to support Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery and clean up efforts helping families affected by the recent storm, with an emphasis on the hardest hit areas in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. In addition, Stop & Shop stores in New York and New Jersey will serve as drop-off points for canned and packaged food.
"Stop & Shop is pledging support to our customers, neighbors and associates who have been so drastically impacted in our area by Hurricane Sandy," said Don Sussman, president, Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. "It is our hope that our effort helps ease the pain and speed the recovery of those who have lost so much, and we hope that others will be encouraged to assist in the relief effort and rebuilding process in any way they can."
Stop & Shop and the other supermarket companies of Ahold USA have partnered with the American Red Cross to establish microsites that provide a trusted way for associates, customers and vendors to designate a donation to local Red Cross disaster relief efforts underway in their respective communities. Individuals are encouraged to visit www.StopandShop.com and click on the Red Cross link if they are interested in making a donation. All of the monies collected will be donated to local hurricane relief efforts.
All Stop & Shop stores are also collecting cash donations at check-out counters to assist regional food banks and pantries in their efforts to support local communities. With millions impacted by Hurricane Sandy, regional food banks and pantries are crucial to the communities they serve. These hunger relief agencies urgently need the assistance of company initiatives such as Stop & Shop's Food for Friends program.
"Other local efforts are underway to support additional communities up and down the East Coast that were impacted by Sandy," said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. "We have many communities that will be recovering for many weeks to come and Stop & Shop will be shoulder to shoulder with them."
"One of the main charitable giving missions of Ahold USA and its companies is building healthy communities and today's donation will go a long way to helping customers rebuild disrupted lives and devastated communities," said Carl Schlicker, chief operating officer, Ahold USA.
"We are extremely thankful to our associates and vendors who went above and beyond to help us serve our customers before, during and now in the aftermath of the storm."
Stop & Shop and Ahold USA also announced a $500,000 donation to the Stop & Shop/Giant Helping Hands fund, which provides funds to the companies' associates in times of need. This donation will be used to help associates whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Sandy.
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 62,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 50 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.
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