In these challenging and uncertain times, we all need a reason to smile. With a nod to actor John Krasinski’s SGN (Some Good News), WGB presents Some Good Grocery News (SGGN).
Stop & Shop Proud to Support LGBTQ Equality
In honor of Pride Month, Stop & Shop of Quincy, Mass., has donated $50,000 to seven local organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. Stop & Shop said it prides itself on being an inclusive workforce and earlier in 2020, it earned a designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index.
Additionally, Stop & Shop recently revealed that its 30th annual Food for Friends campaign raised more than $1.3 million to support the COVID-19 response efforts of 13 regional food banks in the Northeast. In March, Stop & Shop also announced a $1 million donation to support these regional food bank partners as they help those struggling with immediate hunger needs and food insecurity during the pandemic.
Grocery Outlet Combats National Food Insecurity
Now in its 10th consecutive year, Grocery Outlet’s Independence From Hunger Food Drive to combat food insecurity will collect cash donations and premade bags of nonperishable foods in-store at the Emeryville, Calif.-based grocer’s 350 locations that will be distributed to local food agency partners.
Beyond the local store donations collected from June 24 to July 31, Grocery Outlet has initiated a “Million Dollar Match,” a pledge to match up to $1 million dollars of donations made to the stores to multiply Independence From Hunger’s effort to support food agencies across the nation. Additionally, online donations made at GroceryOutlet.com/Donate will support Grocery Outlet’s partner, Alameda County Community Food Bank.
H-E-B Pledges Largest Pay Increase in Company History
With no end in sight to the COVID-19 crisis, H-E-B is rewarding its employees, or “partners,” for their hard work and dedication with more than temporary bonuses. “As we work to find our new normal during this unprecedented time, H-E-B will transition from our temporary Texas Proud Pay program, which ended June 21, into different long-term, permanent investments in our people, which include accelerated and enhanced pay increases for store and supply chain hourly partners,” said the San Antonio-based grocer in a release.
The pay increase would be the largest in H-E-B history, the retailer said. Additionally, the company said it would continue its ongoing investments in pay and other perks and benefits for all partners across the company.
Hannaford Donates $250K to Area Farms
Hannaford Supermarkets is donating $250,000 to support farms throughout New England and New York that have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus.
As a result of the donation, 250 farms in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts will receive funding via the American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund, which provides farmers with grants to help them navigate challenges related to the pandemic.
The Fresh Market Fights Racism
Seeking to promote racial equity and social justice in its communities, The Fresh Market recently donated $250,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., as part of the Greensboro, N.C.-based grocer’s commitment to fight racism and discrimination.
An additional $50,000 was pledged to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. The center celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.