Stop & Shop’s annual “Support Our Servicemen and Women” campaign to raise money for the United Service Organization (USO) is up and running.
The program enables shoppers who buy their own brands and national brands to round up their totals at the register to the nearest dollar or donate in-store and online in increments of $1, $3 or $5 to benefit the organization. The company said 100% of all donations will help USO and its mobile and center operations, food and family programming, and transition services.
Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop operates more than 400 stores on the East Coast.
This is the eighth year that Stop & Shop will be running the campaign and the chain has helped to raise more than $5 million for military service members.
“Our customers and associates throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey look forward to this fundraising effort each year since it helps the USO in providing an immediate and direct impact on the men and women who serve and protect our nation as well as their families,” said Stacy Wiggins, Stop & Shop’s VP of e-commerce operations and a veteran of the United States Army.
A global, nonprofit, the USO’s mission is to strengthen service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation, Stop & Shop said. The funds raised by the campaign will support various programs such as:
- The USO Care Package Program, which provides service members with two different types of care packages — a Snack Pack and a Toiletry Pack. The Snack Pack is assembled with a mixture of healthy treats and drink mixes, while the Toiletry Pack comes equipped with a wide range of travel-sized hygiene products. Over 200,000 care packages were delivered in 2020.
- The Mobile USOs act as USO centers on wheels and provide field support to service members. These state-of-the-art mobile vehicles travel to events and military exercises to serve as places of respite and provide service members snacks, refreshments and occasionally homecooked meals. This fleet of vehicles also delivers USO services to areas without brick-and-mortar centers and are used to support National Guard deployments for natural disasters and to help communities in times of crisis.
- The USO Pathfinder Transition Program helps service members and their families navigate transition from military service to thriving veteran status, no matter where they are located around the world. The program also supports military spouses at any point in their military journey as they transition from one installation to the next. Through individualized Action Plans and a network of partners and resources, the program focuses on employment, education, financial wellness, mentoring and increased access to relevant veteran resources in their communities when separation from service occurs.
“Every year, the generosity of Stop & Shop associates and customers grows and helps to make a real difference in the USO’s ability to strengthen and connect service members and their families,” said Chad Hartman, VP, development and corporate alliances. “We are so grateful for this partnership and annual campaign that helps to unify military supporters to give more than thanks to those who serve us all.”