January 8, 2016
Local children will attend youth development programs at the Boys & Girls Club ofFitchburg and Leominster and the Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg, and gain access to nutritious food and school supplies as they receive a $5,000 Hannaford Helps donation.
The donation is part of a larger program launched by Hannaford this year. In the past, the supermarket chain has contributed more than $4 million to local charities each year, and this winter’s gift from Hannaford Supermarkets represents a 10 percent increase in those funds. All of the new money is focused towards helping children to attend youth development programs focused in increasing their aspirations, giving them new life skills and helping them accomplish their full potential, and the clubs are excited and thankful to be named as two of the recipients.
The mission statement of the Boys & Girls Clubs is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” This is demonstrated through quality, engaging programs, professional and caring staff, and providing a safe environment that fosters learning and leadership.
“With these Hannaford Helps contributions, we are focusing on the fact that a community is only as strong as its next generation,” said Hannaford President Mike Vail. “We’re really excited about the impact of these donations because of the nature of these organizations. We are proud to support the work of educators, counselors, coaches and volunteers who are so impressive in their commitment to develop young people in the communities where our associates live and work.”
Hannaford Helps has set a goal of increasing the amount of meat, produce, bread and other fresh items donated directly from Hannaford stores to community food pantries and meal programs by 20 percent, or 1.5 million meals in 2016. Hannaford donated 14.6 million pounds of rescued food to hunger relief last year.