Stop & Shop launches campaign against hunger

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:02

    sussex county - The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has launched its 16th annual Food for Friends program to raise over $1 million for more than 300 local hunger relief organizations throughout the northeast. As part of Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign, all Stop & Shop stores in Sussex County will sell paper turkeys at checkout for $1 each. The turkeys can be personalized by each customer and will be displayed throughout the store. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. “This year, like no other, Stop & Shop customers have come to aid those in need,” said William Cummings, EVP of operations for Stop & Shop. “Whether it was for those who lost everything in a natural disaster, or were facing pediatric cancer or juvenile diabetes, our customers and associates came through time and time again to help those less fortunate.” But despite the large call from various charitable causes this year, Cummings said there is still a strong need for the Food for Friends program. “In the United States, five million people live at or below the poverty level, and nearly a third of them are children,” he said. “Providing meals to those who need help is a cause that directly impacts each community in which we operate and gives each store the opportunity to form a lasting partnership with a local food pantry and make a difference.”