(April 7, 2022) Stop & Shop has committed to donating $25,000 worth of food to the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, to provide free, healthy after-school snacks for all club members. Club director Jamie Foster said the donation should be able to provide enough nutritious snacks from now until the end of the school year.
“This is huge for us,” Foster said. “Not only because kids no longer have to purchase snacks, but also because it encourages healthy eating and healthy habits.”
The donated food runs the gamut from fruit and yogurt to cheese sticks, juice and more, said Ted Miller, manager of the mid-island Stop & Shop.
Several Stop & Shop employees were on hand Thursday afternoon for the official announcement of the donation, which included a redesigned Snack Shack sign, colored by the club members.
“I know from my upbringing, I was at the Boys & Girls Club in Buffalo my whole life,” Miller said. “It just feels good to be able to give back. And I know these kids coming out of school need a snack to get them through the afternoon.”
Miller said Boys & Girls Club staff can come into the store whenever it is open, and pick up the supplies they need.
“They usually call ahead, and we work behind the scenes to get what they need ready,” Miller said.
Maria Fruci, Stop & Shop’s manager of charitable giving and community relations, said this is the first program of its kind, directly providing healthy after-school snacks.
“We partner with a number of Boys & Girls Clubs (across the country) throughout the year, with a lot of it centered on food access. But this is the first Snack Shack partnership program and it’s unique to Nantucket.” she said.