Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop has collected and donated more than $1.7 million for the American Cancer Society to support the fight against breast cancer.

Throughout October, customers were able to donate at checkout with 100 percent of funds going to the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research, greater access to quality care and patient support services. For more than a decade, Stop & Shop has been committed to supporting the society’s mission, raising more than $6.3 million since the partnership began, and earning the title of largest point of sale retail partner through its annual register campaign.

All 400 Stop & Shop stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut offered shoppers the option of donating $1, $3 or $5 at checkout or rounding up their total at self-checkout. Stop & Shop employees, who have been impacted by breast cancer or through their families, were featured on signage in-store throughout the campaign.

To celebrate the funds raised this year, Stop & Shop and The American Cancer Society came together Dec. 15 at the Hope Lodge Center in Boston for a special check presentation. The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge communities provide a free place to stay during treatment.

“Our continued work with the American Cancer Society is so important to our employees, customers and communities, and we are proud to continue our partnership to fund research, support patients and spread the word about prevention,” said Karen Mitchell, CMO for Stop & Shop.

“We are particularly thankful to our customers and our associates for their ongoing commitment to help save lives and fund the future of breast cancer research and care.”

Stop & Shop also supported the American Cancer Society outside its stores by sponsoring the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement in Jones Beach, New York; Riverhead, New York; Point Pleasant, New Jersey; Fairfield County, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and Bronx, New York.

“For over a decade, Stop & Shop has been a remarkable partner in supporting the American Cancer Society’s vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone,” said Anthony Marino, EVP of the American Cancer Society.

“Their passionate employees and generous customers continue to make a difference in helping the American Cancer Society be there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction.”

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