WESTFIELD, NJ — In a typical holiday season, Stop & Shop of Westfield would offer $10 boxes filled with trimmings for Thanksgiving meals that customers can purchase for donation to a charity of their choosing — a tradition the pandemic has prompted the store to switch up.

Supply chain issues brought on by the pandemic did not allow the supermarket to offer the meals this year, but knowing that the food pantry at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield relies on its annual donations, the Stop & Shop in Westfield came through with an alternative.

The store is selling bags of non-perishables for $10 through Christmas for donation to the food pantry.

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“Food insecurity has grown immensely this year due to the pandemic, and it is affecting all communities,” said Robbin Kupsch, the store manager of Stop & Shop Westfield. “We want to do our part for our community, and we’re grateful for our many shoppers who already have shown interest in supporting our initiative.”

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