For more than 150 years, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Inc. has been committed to helping the neighborhoods it serves. A&P, together with several vendors and partners, is giving back in a variety of ways to help neighbors in need following the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
•In partnership with National Grid electric and gas company, A&P helped deliver 2,500 turkeys to 12 metro New York community partners in time for Thanksgiving dinner as part of "Operation Turkey: Feeding Families, Restoring Hope."
•On Nov. 9, A&P partnered with Smithfield Foods to donate two truckloads of protein products to Long Island Cares and the Food Bank of New York City.
•Associate Joseph Strepparava organized a collection drive for St. Mary by the Sea Church in Point Pleasant, N.J., to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The food and clothing donations were collected at the A&P store in Closter, N.J., on Nov. 9.
•The Food Emporium, together with Viacom, gave customers the opportunity to donate food and supplies from Nov. 9 through 14. At the end of the collection period, 6,000 pounds of food and supplies were donated to the Sandy Relief Fund.
•Associates at A&P's corporate office collected more than $550 in groceries and $100 in gift certificates that were donated to the Pascack Valley Food Bank on Nov. 14.
•A trailer of batteries and paper goods, including bath tissue and paper towels, will be donated to The Salvation Army by A&P, PowerMax and Oasis Brands.
•Customers who shop at the A&P family stores can add $1, $2, $3 or $5 "Check-Out Hunger" donations to their grocery bill through January 2013 to support The Community FoodBank of New Jersey's operations, including disaster relief.
"As the food and drug store of the neighborhood, it's our privilege to take care of the communities we serve, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy," said Sam Martin, A&P's president and CEO. "We're also focused on supporting our own associates who were severely impacted during the storm, and we appreciate their efforts to give back to the neighborhoods we serve during this challenging time. Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy."
A&P operates more than 300 stores in six states, most of which were reopened quickly to serve customers immediately following the storm.
Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation's first supermarket chains. The company operates more than 300 stores in six states under the following trade names: A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum's.