Seekonk store helps in hunger relief

October 20, 2012 by  

A New England convenience store chain has released the results of an August promotion to collect money for northeast food banks and a Seekonk location was one of the top three fundraisers.

The Stop & Shop store on Highland Avenue in Seekonk raised $5,100 dollars – part of the $400,000 grand total in the Healthy ideas Food for Friends Program which ran from August 3 – 26. Fundraisers of any type are ideal opportunities for local print companies to do poster printing to encourage donations and community participation.

Customers were encouraged to donate $1, $3, or $5 at checkouts to help relieve hunger and stock food bank shelves throughout New England. The chain donated all proceeds to several regional agencies across New England. About $239,000 was given to hunger relief organizations while $159,000 was forwarded to seven food banks in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division, said:

“Healthy Ideas Food for Friends was designed to bring relief during a time when many are not thinking about hunger.

“We are grateful for our customers’ unending generosity. This program will make a difference in thousands of lives, bringing healthy and more nutritious meals to those in need.”

Stop & Shop employs 62,000 workers in 400 stores situated in six northeast states. Through philanthropic initiatives and the support of its customers, the chain has raised money in the past for hunger relief, childhood cancers, and educational programs for children.