WESTFIELD, NJ — The Stop & Shop on Elm Street has donated $4,500 to the Westfield Food Pantry through a collection from its customers, the supermarket announced.

Stop & Shop raised the funds through its Food for Friends Campaign, an annual program where customers at the supermarket’s more than 400 stores are offered the opportunity to donate at checkout to support local food pantries and regional food banks of the stores’ choosing, Stop & Shop said in a news release.

“The mission of this program is to make a difference in communities on the local level,” said Stefanie Shuman, Stop & Shop’s external communications manager in the release. “Stop & Shop is gratified by the generosity of our customers, who support our Food for Friends program. Thanks to their contributions, families will have access to food and supplies.”

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In 2018, the company gave more than $19 million in monetary & food donations to fight hunger, release said.

The Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Interparochial School is affiliated with the Community FoodBank of NJ. The pantry serves about 300 people each month. Food is distributed based on family size to pre-screened clients of their referring social service agency on weekday mornings.

For more information about the Westfield Food Pantry, Westfield Food Pantry volunteer Tom Conheeny at 908-233-2145.

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