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For over 100 years, Stop & Shop has been committed to being a better neighbor to New England. This year they will donate over 300,000 holiday meals and $12 million to families in need through their ongoing hunger relief programs such as Turkey Express, Food for Friends and Trimmings Boxes. With the holiday season in full swing, they are encouraging their customers to give back as well – and they asked for my help!

This year, Stop & Shop challenged me to jump-start the holiday season with a pay it forward challenge that enabled me to give back to my community.  They asked if they could send me a gift card so that I could go and make a purchase at Stop & Shop and use what I purchased to pay it forward in any way that I chose.  How could I say no to that?  As soon as I accepted the challenge, I knew exactly who I wanted the donation to go to: The Sacred Heart Food Pantry right in my hometown of Middleboro, MA. There are so many great charities, but I wanted to keep it close to home.

I emailed them to ask for list of what they really needed to stock up on.  They emailed back and said that they really needed pancake mix, pancake syrup, canned meals, microwave meals, baked beans, ketchup, mayo, mustard, boxed pasta (not spaghetti or elbows), and soups.  That made it really easy when I went into Stop & Shop to make the purchase.


When I got there, I looked at what was on sale so that I could make the most of the money (gift cards) that I was sent.


We ended up getting 80 cans of soup, 10 boxes of pancake mix, 10 bottles of syrup, lots of pasta, mayo, ketchup, mustard and baked beans.


We ended up with a whole cart full food to donate to the food pantry.


Thanks to my three helpers, the process of shopping and checking out went much faster.


I was so happy and thankful that I had a trunk full food to donate by the time I was finished.


In 2015 Stop & Shop has donated over $12 million and 300,000 holiday meals to hunger relief organizations and to those in need.

  • Stop & Shop’s commitment to being “Your Neighbor in New England” can be seen through their annual programs centered on promoting good health and giving back to communities.
    • Examples include*:
      • Hunger relief efforts like Turkey Express and Food for Friends
      • Programs that improve the lives of children, including A+ School Rewards and Healthy Kids Summits
      • Support of pediatric cancer research with the Triple Winner Game

By learning more about Stop & Shop’s commitment to being a better neighbor, Stop & Shop hopes that their customers and families will be encouraged to bring back random acts of kindness and turn neighbors into friends, and neighborhoods into communities. Their goal is to bring communities together through leading by example – being a better neighbor will inspire others around you to do the same.

I called the food pantry and we were able to drop everything off the same day.  The volunteers were so excited and grateful to see all the food we were bringing them.

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The Sacred Heart Food Pantry serves the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville, Rochester and Carver.  One of the volunteers showed my family the actual pantry and explained how the pantry worked.

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The Sacred Heart Food Pantry helps between 400-450 families each month.  It was really eye opening for my kids to be able to help in the whole process and I am really thankful that I had the chance for them to experience giving to those in need.

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*Stop & Shop Community Programs:

  • Turkey Express: This November, Stop & Shop will deliver more than 13,000 turkeys to local hunger relief organizations throughout New England
  • Food for Friends: Starting Nov. 6, customers can contribute through in-store donations of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout registers; 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to community food pantries and regional food banks.
  • A+ School Rewards: A program that provides a simple way for schools to earn funds to support school programs and enrichment activities every time a customer makes a purchase using their Stop & Shop card.  
  • Healthy Kids Summits: Programs that educate families on the importance of nutrition and exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, through partnerships with organizations such as the YMCA, New England Patriots and Fuel up to Play 60.
  • Triple Winner Game: Each spring, customers are invited to participate in the Triple Winner Game at the cash registers throughout stores in New England by making a $1 contribution to the Jimmy Fund. This raises funds to support research and care at the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic and the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic at Dana-Farber.

Stop & Shop wants to kick off the 2015 holiday season by encouraging all of their neighbors to give back and create a stronger community throughout New England.

Are you planning on giving this holiday season?

  122 Responses to “Paying It Forward in My Community Thanks to Stop & Shop #PayitForwardwithSS”

  1. I love that you still looked for what was on sale. Very smart thinking indeed!

  2. Wow! What an awesome donation and experience. Great that the kids (and Chris!) were involved too. We are buying toys for a child in town and getting a gift card for one of the Seminarians from the Diocese of Worcester (through our church).

  3. Truly awesome and yes we do give back here, as well during the holiday season and thank you for sharing your awesome experience here with us today too 😉

    • It inspires me to do something similar. I did a huge pantry donation last Christmas and a huge monetary one this summer, but it’s time to help again.

  4. Oh wow, what an amazing thing to do. It’s always nice to give back. I would have done this if I had extra money to spare.

  5. This is an awesome way to give back and support those in need. It feels so good doing things like this.

  6. Robin this is wonderful and even more wonderful is that you’re teaching your kids to pay it forward as well. Keep up the good work!

  7. Awesome, Robin! You really, really helped stock up those shelves. That is so cool!

  8. That is fantastic! This is what I like to see when people talk about paying it forward. All that food is a huge help.

  9. What a great way to give back. IT’s so nice that Stop & Shop is also encouraging their shoppers to give back.

  10. 300,000 holiday meals donations is awesome! It’s so nice to see you and your family contributing to such a worthwhile cause.

  11. What an amazing donation! Kudos to both you and Stop and Shop for making this possible. A lot of people will have full bellies thanks to you guys 😀

  12. So cool that you got to donate all that food. I have used food pantries in the past.

  13. I think this is amazing. Awesome job doing this – it warms my heart to know that there are still good people in this world. 🙂

  14. Love that Stop and Shop did this! I go there all the time and have done the Food for Friends at the register. They used to have bins you could put food in as well. Probably easier to do the money so they get give what the food bank needs.

  15. Wow this is awesome! So awesome to see you and your family doing this but you all have such great hearts it doesn’t surprise me at all!!! So wonderful Robin!

  16. We have to look out for those who are in need at all times…you never know where tomorrow will find you….great post

  17. It’s amazing how many people need the services of a food bank/pantry. We have a local food bank that I plan on donating to. It’s great that you were able to get so much food to donate. The world needs more people like you.

  18. WELL DONE! Such an awesome thing to do. Also delightful to see you are still looking for the bargains! I send you and all concerned blessings. To watch out for each other is so important, and it makes my heart sing that old fashioned values of looking out for our fellow man are still happening.

  19. oh gosh what an incredible way to start the holiday season and give back. I can only imagine the look on the employee’s faces when you all came in with bags and bags of food. You’ve definitely brightened a lot of lives and it’s great that you included your kids so it was a learning process for them.

  20. What a great idea! I love the Pay it Forward attitude! It is a great way to bring happiness to someone you don’t even know in hopes they will do the same. Never thought of asking the food banks what they need before I should do that next time.

  21. What an amazing campaign! That’s so wonderful that you and Stop & Shop are giving back to the community is such a meaningful way. Especially during this time of year, I try to help others as much as I can.

  22. What a great company, how wonderful of them to work with you on pay forward and wonderful work they are doing,

  23. Bless your soul this is a truly wonderful thing to do and it is good that you are teaching your children the importance of being caring and looking out for others.

  24. What a great thing you have done! I love being able to donate to food pantries in our area. There are so many needy people out there these days.

  25. Its great that you tried to stretch your dollar to get the most for the food pantry. I’m impressed with all you were able to buy and I bet the look on their faces when you pulled up with all that food was awesome!

  26. What a fantastic cause! It’s so great when you’re able to get SO much food with the money that you have to help others. Such a great, great gift.

  27. What an awesome way to give back – love that you make it a family event. We are volunteering at a food pantry next week with our church and we are taking our son. I want him to know the importance of helping others and being grateful for what we have.

  28. It is so great that you donated all of that food. We like to donate to homeless shelters as often as possible.

  29. That’s all so beautiful! It’s always awesome to give to others and share what you have.

  30. What a great idea! I think giving back is so important! Kudos to you!

  31. I can’t help but tear up when I read stuff like this. I am always looking for a way to give back to the community, and I often feel discouraged when there are so many others that are unwilling to help. I love it when others share their experiences and inspire others to step up. That is wonderful!

  32. I absolutely love Stop and Shop and how they give back. It made my heart swell to see how you family did so much for the program.

  33. Wow, what a wonderful experience. I really need to get on board with donating more. It is a great thing to teach the kids.

  34. Stop & Shop sounds like a fantastic company. I love helping out my community. I will have to try this challenge.

  35. we do not have a stop and shop in our area and so wish we did. Was glad to see all that you did things like that makes the world better

  36. I love to pay it forward when i can. We like to donate to our local food bank every month. I will have to check out Stop & Shops challenge.

  37. It is so important to pay it forward when we can. Stop & Shop sounds like a great company.

  38. This post warms my heart! Bravo to you and your family for paying it forward. I love how your whole family is involved.

  39. That basket of food will help a lot of people! I love donating to food pantries. It’s such a small expense to buy a few little items on top of my regular groceries but it really means a lot to the person receiving them.

  40. What a wonderful thing! I love that you got the young ones involved, kids need to know how fortunate they are and that not every kid is. My work contributes to our local women’s shelter every year.

  41. Its awesome indeed. you give back to others, That was a great action of giving back. Thanks for sharing.

  42. That’s an amazing experience! I love that companies are so encouraging of their customers to give back. Congratulations on having such a wonderful opportunity!

  43. I love this post. We try to donate at least three times a year. It’s so important .

  44. I love that you are paying it forward by giving food to those who need it. Better yet, you are modeling how much you care about others for your kids so that they will grow up learning to be as generous as you are.

  45. i loved seeing how full the cart was knowing that it was going to a place that was really in need of it. what a great thing that they did sending you the gift card to pay it forward. I just love everything about this! I am filled with joy reading this

  46. This is amazing- you rock! I love Stop & Shop!

  47. Now this is a challenge and giveaway I would totally get behind! Good show friend! You did well!

  48. It’s heart-warming to read posts like this. Truly we need to be more giving to other people. It’s great as well you involved your child. 🙂

  49. Awe! What an awesome way to give back during the holiday season! I am sure the Food Pantry really appreciated all the goodies you sent their way!

  50. what a great thing to do especially this holidays…benefeciaries will surely be happy

  51. How awesome that you do this. We give back by donating a few blogging items to our Toys for Tots.

  52. It’s so nice to be able to give back to those less fortunate! We really have an obligation to give back if we’re in a position to do so!

  53. This is a great pay-it-forward campaign and I’m sure a lot of people are happier because of this. I like that they encourage people to lend the extra hand.

  54. WOW! That haul is incredible! My son’s school did a food drive in the last two weeks and we were able to donate items to the overflowing box in his hallway. It feels good to do good!

  55. I love that you got your to help. It teaches them a very important lesson. It’s always great to pay it forward.

  56. Such a great idea to email them ahead of time to see what they need. And getting the kids involved is a great teaching moment.

  57. How wonderful was this.I try to donate as much as possible. Whenever I get a good coupon deal I stock up and donate.

  58. We love giving back during the holidays especially for the food bank and Christmas hampers!
    I like that you involved your kids – it builds great character in them 🙂

  59. I love this on every level. And I love that you involved the little guy as well. I need to focus on giving back more, even when it is not during the holiday season.

  60. Very cool! We are regular contributors to our local food pantry, too. Actually, there’s rarely a week that goes by that I’m not taking advantage of some kind of deal while I’m getting OUR groceries and dropping off groceries for them too!

  61. I love everything about this post. Supporting local food banks is so important and i love that you took your children shopping with you!

  62. The food bank and shops are always in need and any extra you can purchase during your regular grocery haul to donate makes a difference. This is a great initiative to bring awareness to that fact. Happy holidays!

  63. I love what you’re doing. I think it’s great that Stop and Shop is making it possible to give back like this.

  64. This is so great! My kids had a canned food drive earlier in the year. I should have shopped for it. Instead I was searching for things in our house.

  65. It always feels so nice to give back. What a great opportunity for your family.

  66. How awesome that you were able to do this! This makes me like Stop and Shop even more than I already did!

  67. What a wonderful thing for your family to do! Definitely sounds like a great program.

  68. That is an impressive list of programs that Stop and Shop is involved with. I love to see companies really get involved in their communities. It makes shopping there even better!

  69. I wish we had a Stop and Shop around us. This sounds like a great thing they are doing.

  70. What a great way to give to others. You got a great big cart full looking for deals, good idea!

  71. I love shopping at Stop and Shop. It is so wonderful that they give back to the community.

  72. How neat that you were able to help like this. We help with our local food and toy drive.

  73. I love this!! What a great way to give back and you got a lot of food with your gift cards!! Food banks are hit hard this time of year.

  74. This is a great idea, instead of being the person that donates all the food, I’m normally the one going to these to get food.

  75. Wow, this is really great. I know your donation helped so many families in need. It feels good to give to others, especially during the holidays.

  76. This Stop & Shop challenge is truly remarkable. There are just so many things we can do to make this world a better place to live in.

  77. Wow. I love it when companies give back to the communities. We always love helping out others and it’s great that you had the opportunity to involve your kids in making a difference.

  78. I love that you were able to do this and that you got your kids involved in the process. Way to go Stop & Shop!

  79. Yes we always help out our local food pantry as well. It means a lot to help those in need especially around the holidays.

  80. That is such a blessing to be able to give back to your community like that! So cool that you are teaching your kids giving too. 🙂

  81. LOVE this!! That is absolutely awesome. What a great organization, and I love that it was something your whole family could participate in. Just amazing.

  82. We love Stop and Shop! Makes me like it even more. Love that whole family can get involved.

  83. I wonder if Stop and Shop does this in NY (Westchester County). I know they have those coupons at the register to help donate (yes I always try to grab one). O think I vaguely remember that the one near my Mom allows a food pantry to collect groceries but haven’t seen them yet this year.

  84. I love this, so important to give back, kids need to learn this as early as possible.

  85. What a great way to pay it forward and give to the community! We plan on donating toys and mittens this holiday season.

  86. That’s such a great way to give back this Christmas!

  87. What a great gesture! Our stores are actually called Hannaford’s here in Maine, and they do the same activity of gathering and distributing food and helping food pantries.

  88. What a great way to be active in helping out not only the community, but thousands of families as well.

  89. What a great program. My mom volunteers at a food pantry so I hear from her that there is a food problem i America that we seem to be in denial about as a country. Thanks for sharing this.

  90. What a great program! I love that you got your kids involved in helping you!

  91. I love paying it forward whenever I get the chance. This time of the year is an especially good time to do so.

  92. WOW! That is so great! I woudl love to do this too!!

  93. This touches my heart so deeply! Yay for you and for Stop n Shop. We shopped there when we lived in Queens. I think it is so terrific that you emailed them to ask what they needed and that you included the kiddos.

  94. Wow you and your family are such an inspiration. Such a great cause! Stop n Shop sounds amazing. We don’t have any in our area, but it sounds like they’re really dedicated to the local community!

  95. Way to go and I love that you paid it forward – this is such a good deed. I am inspired!

  96. what a great way to give back. i also like that you still looked for sale items and also that everything looked so organized.

  97. Sounds great! I live in the West Coast and don’t have that store here but I do love shopping somewhere that gives back. I would be going there if I lived there.

  98. This indeed was a great challenge and experience for your whole family as well as others. It is such a beautiful thing when for those helping and those being help. I do believe it is so important to pay it forward and for us to teach our children to pay it forward. Thanks for all you do.

  99. What an amazing way to pay it forward this year. Glad the whole family got to be involved!

  100. Thanks for sharing your awesome trip of paying it forward to others. Seems like you had fun while doing it which is the best combo!

  101. Wow. That is so cool that Stop & Shop will donate over 300,000 holiday meals! Feeding the hungry is a wonderful cause.

  102. Those are great community programs and quite a few to choose from. Stop and Shop really does step up and contribute. My husband and I increase our donations during the holiday season but we really love supporting the Vets year round.

  103. What a great program! Every year we can we try to “adopt” a family for Christmas and have them a Christmas meal and presents for the kids

  104. Robin you and your family did a very awesome thing. I would love to be able to do this with my family in the future. Your community stop and shop sounds amazing for helping others in need. It is a beautiful thing. I know many people don’t realize that donating even $5 can go a long way at the food bank.

  105. What a wonderful gift you were given and able to give to others. My local food bank is always looking for frozen chicken.

  106. Your family is so amazing for doing this!! We recently had someone pass by and pick up canned goods. It feels good to give back to those that don’t have much.

  107. Aww.. you and your family are such doing a good deed. It’s always nice to give back.. 🙂

  108. This is awesome! Great way to give back and way to teach your kids the importance of giving

  109. This is so awesome! I love stories about people and companies giving back and doing good.

  110. What a great program! You must have felt so good giving back!

  111. We donate as much as we can throughout the year. I think this is a wonderful experience for the kids. Giving feels better than receiving!

  112. This is great that you are helping so many people.

  113. I love shopping at Stop & Shop and this just makes me love them even more. It’s so great that they give back to the community in this way.