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Stop & Shop refreshes hunger relief program

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop has unveiled a program designed to raise funds for hunger relief agencies that will provide healthy food to local communities.

The Healthy Ideas Food for Friends program — a fresh new take on Stop & Shop’s annual Food for Friends program, which raises money to feed those in need — now is running in New England stores across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and most of Connecticut through Aug. 19.

How it works: Customers can donate $1, $3 or $5 at their local Stop & Shop to help support hunger relief organizations within their local communities, as well as regionally. Customers also have the option to purchase a $10 charity box filled with Healthy Ideas Stop & Shop-branded items. The charity boxes are given directly to each store’s local food pantry partner.

The program will deliver 100% of the dollars raised — 60% of funds raised will be allocated directly to local food pantries and 40% will be donated to seven regional food banks in New England:

  • The Greater Boston Food Bank;

  • Worcester County Food Bank;

  • Food Bank of Western Mass.;

  • Foodshare;

  • Connecticut Food Bank;

  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and

  • New Hampshire Food Bank.

"Stop & Shop is committed to promoting health and wellness in the markets we serve," said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. "Hunger is year round. There are thousands in need of nutritious meals — not just during the holiday season. We’re proud to help our hunger relief partners bring healthy food back into our communities."

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Winn-Dixie adds generic form of Plavix to generics prescription program

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie announced the generic form of Plavix (clopidogrel) now is available for $4 for 30-day and $10 for 90-day prescriptions as part of the company’s prescription savings program.

Winn-Dixie recently launched a prescription savings program in all of its pharmacies that offers deep discounts on more than 400 generic medications and varied discounts on branded and other generic medication.

"The generic form of Plavix (clopidogrel) just recently released in market, providing customers with initial savings over the brand equivalent," stated John Fegan, VP of pharmacy for Winn-Dixie. "This prescription is a highly requested medication from our customers, so we are especially pleased to offer an even deeper discount that allows customers to focus on what is important — their health."

For an annual enrollment fee of $5, customers with an active Winn-Dixie reward card immediately will begin receiving program benefits, including:

  • A $5 store coupon automatically loaded to the customer’s reward card;

  • $4, 30-day and $10, 90-day generic drug pricing on a list of more than 400 generic drugs, plus discounts on branded and all other generic drugs; and

  • Ongoing promotions and specials.

The program runs through the grocer’s existing free reward card program. Customers with or without a reward card can sign up for the prescription program quickly and easily at their local Winn-Dixie customer service counter.


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Sam’s Club to host children’s health screenings

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is set to host free children’s health screenings on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all locations with a pharmacy.

The following health and safety tools will be distributed at Sam’s Clubs nationwide free of charge and while supplies last:

  • DNA and fingerprint kits;

  • Take-home DNA swabs include instructions on collecting and storing a saliva sample (Sam’s Club or Walmart stores has no access to this information or where the information will be stored) to help protect children in the event they are ever lost;

  • Sesame Street’s "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me" kits;

  • Sesame Street’s take-home multimedia dental care kits teach children about oral health and will be available in both English and Spanish;

  • Body mass index and blood pressure tests for children and adults (BMI and blood pressure tests will be limited to the first 50 participants at each club location); and

  • Vision screenings to determine potential eye care needs.

"Reinforcing healthy habits for children is an important part of back-to-school planning, and Sam’s Club is proud to help parents accomplish this responsibility for the second year in a row," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "We have provided 1.4 million free health screenings in the past year and a half, and we remain committed to providing quality health solutions for the entire family."


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