Industry: Grocery Retailer and Pharmacy
Years in business: 130
Size: 181 stores
Years of support: 16
Fun Fact: First grocery retailer to build a LEED Platinum Supermarket in the United States
Community Focus: Health and wellness, child development and families, and hunger relief.
As a food retailer Hannaford Supermarkets strives to provide safe, nutritious and affordable choices to the communities they serve. They also know that there are people in those communities who struggle to afford access to enough food to lead active and productive lives. By partnering with the Vermont Foodbank, Hannaford supports the health of Vermont communities by increasing access to nutritious food choices for all Vermonters.
Hannaford has realized two major benefits from their partnership with the Foodbank:
- Hannaford’s sustainability efforts are enhanced, because they are putting food that would otherwise be wasted to use. It costs money to have trash hauled away from markets, so the more food Hannaford can divert from the waste stream, the better for their bottom line and local landfills, and the more healthy food gets into the hands of our neighbors in need.
- The morale of Hannaford associates is boosted. Molly Tarlton, Community Relations Specialist explains, “Our associates take pride in giving back to their local communities and our partnership with the Foodbank allows them to take an active part in helping fight hunger where they live and work.”
Hannaford Supermarkets are unique in that they support the entire Vermont network through their annual Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger program. The program allows stores, customers and associates to donate Helping Hands boxes of non-perishable food directly to local food shelves throughout Vermont - the front lines of the Foodbank’s network. They also run a Buy One, Give One program and a point of sale fundraiser that directly supports the Foodbank with funds and food that make a statewide impact. Hannaford understands the interdependent work of the Foodbank and local food shelves, and supports everyone’s efforts.
Many of Hannaford’s hunger fighting initiatives would not be a success without the generous support of their customers. One of the most generous communities throughout Vermont’s five state operating area is St. Albans, Vermont. The entire community has rallied around the Helping Hands program in support of the St. Albans Food Shelf which has resulted in Hannaford’s additional support of this local organization.