Vermont organizations receive $118,032 worth of product through annual campaign

The Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger campaign raised more than $900,000 to fight hunger in 2013, including over $118,000 for Vermont food-relief efforts.

During the holiday season, Hannaford invited customers to buy boxes of food staples for local pantries, purchase specific products that triggered donations to state and regional food banks, and donate money at the register. The company-wide campaign took place in all 181 Hannaford stores.

In Vermont, Hannaford presented $113,400 worth of product to various food pantries throughout the state as a result of the Helping Hands boxes initiative in partnership with its customers.

Pictured: John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO and Molly Tarleton, Comm Relations Specialist for Hannaford Supermarkets

Pictured: John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO and Molly Tarleton, Comm Relations Specialist for Hannaford Supermarkets

Additionally, through the Buy One, Give One campaign, Hannaford donated 1,860 boxes of pasta, 2,352 jars of sauce, and 3,120 cans of vegetables to the Vermont Foodbank.

The two initiatives combined to generate over $118,000 for food relief in Vermont.

“Hunger is particularly acute at this time of the year in Vermont, when people who are struggling financially sometimes have to choose between heating their homes and buying the food they need,” said Eric Blom, spokesman for Hannaford. “The food and funds collected through Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger contribute to feeding our neighbors who are struggling financially.”

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger had three parts:

Hannaford Helping Hands: Boxes of the grocery items that pantries need most were sold for $10 each.  These boxes each included canned chicken breast, rice, soup, cereal, pasta, sauce and other items. Hannaford customers bought nearly 81,000 boxes of these staples in 2013.

Register Donation: Customers donated money to their regional or state food bank, right at the register.

Buy One, Give One: Customers triggered donations to regional or state food banks by purchasing a particular Hannaford brand product.  For each of these items purchased, Hannaford donated an identical item to the food bank.  Some customers also donated the product they purchased.  This program generated 30,320 boxes of spaghetti, 30,997 cans of sauce and 57,095 cans of vegetables for food banks.

“We are grateful for Hannaford’s continued support and partnership in the work to ensure no one in Vermont goes hungry,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “Hannaford’s commitment to feeding our neighbors in need is make a difference in the lives of the 86,000 Vermonters who seek food assistance each year.”

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 183 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system, and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at


Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic, economic disruptions, and recent flooding. The Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank provided over 12 million pounds of food to people throughout Vermont. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.