Big Y collects cash donations to help fund local food banks

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Big Y’s annual Sack Hunger provides funds to food banks in their two-state marketing area. These food banks support local soup kitchens, pantries, senior food programs, daycares and more from the 2,100 member agencies that partner with Big Y.

For $ 5, customers can support Sack Hunter from any ledger at Big Y’s or Table and Vine Fine Wines and Liquors supermarkets from November 4 through December 15. Customers can also donate online here.

According to Big Y President and CEO Charles L. D’Amour, “In our 85 year history, we have recognized the importance of helping our communities. We know that our customers and employees are eager to support families in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Our Sack Hunger program makes it easier for food banks to work. And with Big Y’s matching donation, we anticipate even more help for our friends and neighbors as we meet increased needs this year.

In addition to Sack Hunger, Big Y donates food to these food banks six days a week throughout the year. Most of the nearly 6 million meals last year consisted of donations of meat and fresh produce, baked goods, non-perishable groceries, frozen foods and dairy products.

Over the past ten years, including Sack Hunger, Big Y has donated over $ 10.5 million in food or 21 million meals to those in need. The four food banks are the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, the Worcester County Food Bank, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and The Connecticut Food Share.

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