press release

September 3, 2013

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro
914-251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Judi Palmer
Stop & Shop New England
617-774-4429
palmer@stopandshop.com

A+ SCHOOL REWARDS RETURN TO STOP & SHOP

New school year brings more local funding, an easy way for parents to help school budgets

(Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA) September 3, 2013 – The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is pleased to announce that customers can help earn money for their local schools when they grocery shop through Stop & Shop’s simple school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs.

In the 2012-2013 school year, St. Charles School on Staten Island, the program’s #1 rewards leader, raised $22,822.10 to purchase new computers for their classrooms and improve their technology systems.

“Stop & Shop is committed to be a better neighbor in every community in which we operate,” said Judi Palmer director of marketing and external communications at Stop & Shop New England. “The A+ School Rewards program is a great way for our customers and families to raise money to help support their local schools.”

To participate in the program and help local schools earn money, customers must sign up each year and designate up to two schools by visiting their local Stop & Shop or at www.stopandshop.com/aplus. A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using one’s Stop & Shop loyalty card beginning October 4, 2013 and continuing through March 20, 2014. Customers are encouraged to sign up or to re-designate their schools as soon as possible so their chosen schools can begin earning points when the program begins.

“Stop & Shop is pleased to be able to do more for our schools each year,” said Arlene Putterman, manager of public & community relations, Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. “School budgets are tight, families’ budgets are tight. A+ School Rewards enables parents and customers to easily help their schools, simply by doing what they normally do: shop for groceries.”

Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ website at www.stopandshop.com/aplus. Since 2009, Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards program has raised more than $7 million to help both public and private schools in the Northeast region fulfill their academic and enrichment needs.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com and www.facebook.com/stopandshop.