Connecticut Food Bank Joins Tri-State Food Drive April 8

08/Mar/17 / 17:46



Connecticut Food Bank to aid in non-perishable collection at 199 local Stop & Shop locations in
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut


NBC 4 and Telemundo 47 news personalities to visit collection locations, support donation efforts and encourage local volunteerism


NEW YORK – March 8, 2017 – Coming together to feed local families, replenish non-perishable supplies and recruit new volunteers to sustain important anti-hunger efforts, the Connecticut Food Bank joined NBC 4 New York / WNBC, Telemundo 47 / WNJU and Stop & Shop to announce Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias, a massive, Tri-State food and volunteer drive scheduled for Saturday, April 8.


“When families have the food they need, we see better health outcomes, better education results for children and healthier communities overall,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “We’re grateful for the support of NBC 4 New York / WNBC, Telemundo 47 / WNJU and Stop & Shop for their partnership in this day devoted to raising food and volunteers to support hunger relief and reminding everyone of the challenge of hunger in our communities.”


Donations can be made at 199 Stop & Shop locations in the Tri-State area, including stores in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Volunteers from the Connecticut Food Bank and other partnering food banks will collect and pack all donated items to distribute to local families.


WHO/ WHAT:                Connecticut Food Bank, NBC4 New York, Telemundo 47, Stop & Shop Supermarkets and six other Tri-State food bank and food rescue organizations join to host a region-wide food and volunteer drive.


WHEN:                         Saturday, April 8, between 10 AM and 6 PM.


WHERE:                       Area residents can visit any of the region’s 199 Stop & Shop locations and place donation items inside clearly labeled collection bins. Please visit or to access an interactive map of food donation locations.


DONATIONS:               Non-perishable food and personal hygiene items, including frequently requested items like baby diapers. Visit or to access list of items that can be donated, including a sample “shopping list.”


“Fighting hunger is very important to WNBC. Food banks often face their greatest need between January and August, and regularly depend on volunteers to support their operations. Our April 8 Feeding our Families food and volunteer drive will help local food banks secure these important resources, which will make a difference for families across the Tri-State area,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.


NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 will offer live reports and broadcast cut-ins from several Stop & Shop locations on April 8, including on NBC 4 New York’s Weekend Today in New York and News 4 New York, as well as on Telemundo 47’s Noticiero 47 Telemundo. News personalities will also visit many Stop & Shop collection locations on April 8 to support on-site efforts.


“We see it time and time again – local families forced to choose between putting food on the table or keeping a roof over their head. The impact of this choice is particularly felt amongst our children, who are often forced to go to bed hungry. This is why Telemundo 47’s Alimentando a Nuestras food and volunteer drive is so important – and why we encourage our viewers to come out on April 8 and join us as we help our friends and neighbors in need,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.


Stop & Shop, the Tri-State’s largest supermarket chain with 199 stores located throughout the region, is committed to supporting the communities that it serves and those organizations that are on the front lines battling hunger every day. As a food retailer, Stop & Shop recognizes the important role it can play in hunger relief efforts.  In 2016, Stop & Shop donated almost $4 million to hunger relief agencies throughout the region. Part of that effort included its signature Meat the Needs program which delivers safe, nutritious and much needed meat to regional food banks and pantries for families in need.

“Stop & Shop is proud to continue its long-standing support of local food banks and pantries on behalf of Feeding Our Families,” said Bob Yager, Stop & Shop New York Division Lead. “This will be the largest single-day food drive Stop & Shop has ever hosted, and our associates are eager to make this incredible event a success.”


In addition to the participation of Connecticut Food Bank and Stop & Shop, the stations’ April 8 food drive will include the involvement of six other food banks, including Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Food Bank for New York City, Food Bank for Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and Island Harvest (Long Island).


Food bank operations face periods of greatest need between January and August — a time outside of traditional periods of giving and volunteering coinciding with the holiday season. Non-perishable items are requested by families daily, but the most frequently-requested items are those not covered by public assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP. These requests range from baby diapers to personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, tampons and more.


Unique to NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s Feeding our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive is the “Give 4” recruitment initiative. Those that register to volunteer four hours of their time every four months at local food banks can aid in more ways than stocking shelves, packing supplies and making local deliveries. “Give 4” donors can also assist local food banks and rescue operations through non-physical, customized tasks including accounting, social media, digital marketing and advertising, among others.


For more information on the April 8 Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive, please visit,, or any participating food bank or food rescue organization.


About the Connecticut Food Bank

The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide food, which last year provided 19.2 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties – where more than 300,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.


About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for 75 years.


The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.


In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms. For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit

About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU

Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the local Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in the New York Tri-State area. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 47 has been delivering local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ tournament.


Delivering more than 24 hours of locally-produced news and programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available. Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered nearly $1.5 million for local viewers.


Telemundo 47 features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format. The station demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market.  Telemundo 47 provides news and information across all platforms, online at, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.


About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 61,000 associates and operates 419 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold USA company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit or