Stop & Shop helped raise $29m in charitable donations in 2012

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC said Wednesday that more than $29 million was donated in 2012 through customer, vendor, and associate donations to community organizations in areas where the Quincy-based chain has stores.

Noting that its charitable mission focuses on fighting hunger and promoting healthy communities, Stop & Shop said that $14 million of that total went toward supporting local hunger relief agencies.

Looking ahead, Stop & Shop announced a new three-year commitment to distribute $6 million in ‘‘Fighting Child Hunger’’ grants through its Our Family Foundation.

‘‘Stop & Shop wishes to thank our generous customers, dedicated associates, and our giving vendor partners who help us make a difference every day in our communities,’’ Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division, said in a statement.

Stop & Shop operates more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. In Massachusetts, the chain has 131 stores.


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