Shaw's Supports Local Food Banks With Turkey Donations; 2012 Spirit of Giving Food Drive

  Shaw's Supports Local Food Banks With Turkey Donations; 2012 Spirit of
  Giving Food Drive

 Shaw’s donates 13,000 turkeys to six area food banks; Shaw’s customers have
 already enabled Spirit of Giving program to donate more than 68,500 meals to
                                local pantries

Business Wire

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- November 14, 2012

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, hunger relief efforts at
Shaw’s® Supermarkets, part of the nation-wide SUPERVALU® family of grocery
stores, are well underway. Shaw’s recently donated 13,000 turkeys to six of
its hunger relief partners located in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont and Rhode Island. The company also launched its Spirit of Giving Food
Drive earlier this month and is pleased to announce that customers have
already donated more than 17,000 food bags, or enough to provide more than
68,500 meals. The program allows shoppers to purchase pre-assembled food bags
at Shaw’s locations that will then be donated to local hunger relief partners
and food banks.

“At Shaw’s, supporting the organizations that provide hunger relief is
important to us and we are pleased to help area food banks get meals to those
in need this holiday season,” said Mike Stigers, president, Shaw’s. “As a
grocer, we are highly aware of the hunger problems facing people and not only
do we work hard to support the communities we serve, but are fortunate to have
generous customers who have come together to help fight hunger.”

“This is a critical time of year for us as we work to provide not only holiday
meals for the 143,000 men, women, and children that are food insecure in New
Hampshire, but also a time to stock our shelves and those of our partner
agencies to help get through the winter months,” said Mel Gosselin, executive
director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Shaw’s and their customers continue
to be a great partner in the fight against hunger and for that we are truly

According to the USDA, approximately one in seven U.S. households were food
insecure in 2011. Shaw’s and its customers recognize the importance of feeding
those in need particularly during a rough economic period. Through the Spirit
of Giving program, Shaw’s and its customers are working to ensure that local
food banks are well stocked and prepared to feed those in need around the

From now through December 27, Shaw’s customers can purchase pre-assembled bags
that contain much-needed holiday food items ranging from green beans to tomato
sauce for $5, $10 or $15. Once collected, the pre-assembled bags will go
directly to community food banks and pantries throughout Massachusetts, Maine,
New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. In keeping with the spirit of being a
neighborhood grocer, all 169 Shaw’s locations have worked to identify local
organizations within their communities who will be the recipients of the food.

About SHAW’S Supermarkets
SHAW’S, Osco and Star Market are part of the nationwide SUPERVALU® INC. (NYSE:
SVU) family of grocery stores. SHAW’S is one of the oldest continuously
operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860.
Throughout five New England states, there are 169 store locations employing
approximately 17,000 associates. For more details on Shaw’s Supermarkets,
visit or its Facebook page at


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