Stop & Shop sends in the Marines for gobbler giveaway

A team of U.S. Marines unloaded 2,000 turkeys that Stop & Shop donated to Long Island hunger relief organizations this week.

The turkeys are part of more than 18,000 Thanksgiving birds the supermarket chain is giving out in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for its annual Turkey Express program.

The turkeys unloaded here this week went to Island Harvest and Long Island Cares’ Harry Chapin Food Bank.

“Stop & Shop’s continued generosity will help make the holidays more hopeful for Long Island families who face an everyday struggle just to put food on their tables,” Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, said in a written statement. “We are grateful for Stop & Shop’s year-round, and longtime support of our efforts in addressing the critical issue of hunger throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, which affects one-in-ten Long Islanders.”

Paule Pachter, chief executive officer of Long Island Cares, said Stop & Shop has been a great partner in working with the regional food bank to help those in need facing hunger and food insecurity.

“We look forward every year to participating in Turkey Express, which will allow families on Long Island to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday,” Pachter said in the statement.

Stop & Shop has been a big contributor in fighting hunger. In 2018, the company gave more than $19 million in monetary and food donations to support the cause.

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