WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — As unionized Stop & Shop employees continue to strike amid a contract dispute, the company is ensuring any unsold food inside local stores won’t go to waste.
Thousands of Stop & Shop workers walked off the job on April 11 to protest proposed cuts to take-home pay and benefits. The company disputes this, saying their offer includes pay increases across the board and excellent benefits. Both sides have continued negotiating since the strike began.
With 240 stores operating on a limited basis or closed altogether, a Stop & Shop representative tells Eyewitness News the company is donating food that isn’t sold to area food pantries.
“Since our store associates went on strike last week, we have been working with the Rhode Island Food Bank, as well as local food pantries, to donate as much food as possible to our neighbors in need,” the representative said in a statement.
The representative said they’ve been donating meat, dairy, produce and more since the strike began.
The food pantry at the Holy Trinity Parish has been receiving monetary donations for years, according to Reverend Daniel Sweet, but now they’re grateful to also be getting food donations.
“They are foods that I think would get thrown away if it were not, so we’re certainly happy to receive those donations,” Sweet said.
Stop & Shop is also donating food to CCF in Woonsocket, Community Care Alliance, and several other organizations.