Boston, MA – August 2, 2016 – The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, today announced Stop & Shop as the only corporation to enter its newly-created Cornerstone Circle, a level of giving that recognizes donors that contribute more than $500,000 annually. The supermarket company is GBFB’s number one food donor, providing the food bank with more than two million pounds of food almost every year for more than 20 years; Stop & Shop has been a food donor since GBFB’s inception in 1981.
GBFB created the Cornerstone Circle to recognize Stop & Shop’s continued support of funds, food, and volunteer hours; Stop & Shop contributes more than $700,000 annually and has given GBFB more than $5.3 million since the hunger-relief organization’s inception. Stop & Shop was part of GBFB’s inaugural Leadership Circle five years ago and moved its way up to the President’s Circle three years ago by contributing more than $250,000 annually.
“Stop & Shop’s continued support and dedication to the food bank is nothing short of amazing,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of GBFB. “They are a valued partner, from running our largest annual cause campaign to making a significant donation toward our efforts to feed hungry children and families.”
Stop & Shop’s leaders have been very involved with GBFB, serving in a variety of roles including on the board of directors and board of advisors; Mark McGowen, president of the Stop & Shop New England division, currently serves on GBFB’s board of directors, and Judi Palmer, senior director, marketing communications at The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, currently serves on the board of advisors.
“We are proud of our history with The Greater Boston Food Bank and look forward to continuing and expanding our partnership,” said Palmer. “One of our core values is helping local communities fight hunger, so it was a natural fit for us to begin supporting the food bank when it was founded more than 30 years ago.”
For three years, the supermarket company has been a lead sponsor of the food bank’s Festival, an annual fundraising event that raises more than $1.2 million annually, providing more than 3.6 million healthy meals to those in need in Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB recognized Stop & Shop in 2011 as its Food Donor of the Year and in 2008 with its Founder’s Award, which is given to an individual or organization that demonstrates extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services by donating money, food, and time.
About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB provides 78% of the hunger-relief food distributed by its 550 member agencies throughout the 190 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB has more than 30 direct service programs that provide the highest quality of food and healthy meals for as many as 500,000 people a year in an effort to create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. For more information, visit us at GBFB.org, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at 617.427.5200.