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Shaw's Supermarkets Named "Food Donor of the Year" by The Greater Boston Food Bank
Company also announces it has donated $150,000 to New England-area Food Banks

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass., Oct 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Greater Boston Food Bank today recognized Shaw's Supermarkets as their 2010 Food Donor of the Year. Shaw's will be honored at The Greater Boston Food Bank's Partner Appreciation Luncheon being held at the Westin Copley Place. In addition, Shaw's also announced it has donated $150,000 to area food banks in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in conjunction with the company's 150th Anniversary celebration. Shaw's is part of the nationwide SUPERVALU(R) (NYSE: SVU) family of grocery stores.

"The mission of the Greater Boston Food Bank is very important to our company and associates," said Larry Wahlstrom, president, Shaw's. "We are always collectively looking for ways to help the Food Bank - whether through our food rescue program, volunteer efforts or other programs - and we highly value our ability to support them and other area food banks in the fight against hunger. We are honored to be recognized by the Greater Boston Food Bank as their Food Donor of the Year."

"Shaw's Supermarkets is a wonderful and generous partner in the fight to end hunger," said Catherine D'Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. "We need many people to assist us in feeding people in need, and Shaw's has shown through its actions that it is dedicated to hunger relief."

To be a Food Donor of the Year, a company must be a top 10 donor three times in the previous five years. The donor must also consistently provide nutrient-rich food. Over the past four years Shaw's has donated more than 7.4 million pounds of food, with more than one million pounds donated during The Food Bank's 2010 fiscal year. Shaw's has also championed The Food Bank's Retail Donation Program by ensuring that all stores recognize the program as a corporate initiative. The donations from Shaw's to this program have provided more than 564,000 pounds of meat to The Greater Boston Food Bank's member agencies.

The Greater Boston Food Bank's Partner Appreciation Luncheon is an annual event to acknowledge and thank many supporters for their commitment to the fight to end hunger. It brings together food donors, financial contributors, volunteers, member agencies, board members, staff members, and other supporters to reflect on what everyone has collectively accomplished and what we hope to achieve in the future.

About Shaw's Supermarkets
Shaw's, Osco and Star Market are a division of SUPERVALU INC. Shaw's is one of the oldest continuously operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860. Throughout five New England states, there are 175 store locations employing approximately 25,000 associates. For more information about Shaw's, visit

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $38 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,270 stores composed of approximately 1,160 traditional retail stores, including 820 in-store pharmacies; 1,190 hard-discount stores, of which 870 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,920 independent stores serviced primarily by the company's traditional food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 154,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit

About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to nearly 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. For more information about The Greater Boston Food Bank, visit us at, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at 617.427.5200.


Steve Sylven, 508-313-4454