Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Big Y and Foodshare Team Up to Sack Hunger!

 Food industry members play a vital role in the fight against hunger, and Big Y is among those taking action in a big way. They recently delivered 43,000 pounds of non-perishable food to our warehouse—including peanut butter, rice, macaroni, kidney beans, tuna, and oats. This is all thanks to local shoppers who contributed to the grocery chain’s 6th Annual Sack Hunger program during the holiday season.

“It really takes a community-wide effort to ensure our hungry neighbors get the help they need today. But even more important is moving them beyond food assistance, and stabilizing lives in the long-term,” said James Arena-DeRosa, Foodshare’s president and CEO. “Raising awareness through initiatives like Big Y’s Sack Hunger program is a big part of making that happen.”

Food collected from the 11 Big Y locations in Hartford and Tolland counties, adds up to more than 35,000 meals for local families. Charles D’Amour, president and COO of Big Y, recognizes the importance of helping our neighbors in need, "Our Sack Hunger program makes it easy to provide nutritious, non-perishable food to those less fortunate within our community."

The donated food will be distributed to partner programs throughout the region, including pantries, community kitchens and shelters.

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