Local schools share in Hannaford donations

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A donation of $416,538 to 398 schools in the state was announced Wednesday by Hannaford Supermarkets as part of its Hannaford Helps Schools program. Several schools in Oneida County are among registered participants in the program. The donations will support needs determined by schools including items like new computers, musical instruments, sports gear or playground equipment, Hannaford said.

Among schools that are registered in the Hannaford Helps Schools program are sites in districts including Clinton, New Hartford, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Waterville, Whitesboro and Utica. Hannaford, based in Maine, has area stores in Clinton, New Hartford, Utica and Herkimer in addition to Rome.

The registered participating schools do not include any in Rome at this point. Hannaford recently opened a newly built store at 808 West Chestnut St.

“Because Rome is a new store for us and this is a wrap-up of the season, there were not any registered schools in the area,” Hannaford spokesperson Ericka Dodge explained Wednesday. She added that going forward, schools can register to participate at https://hnfschools.sponsor.com/form?pid=0&cid=91297 online.

Hannaford’s prior June announcement of the Rome store opening did note that upon the store’s opening, Hannaford was donating $10,000 to the Connected Community Schools Market Place within the Rome school district; it connects local students and families with a school food pantry, an emergency closet with clothing, household and hygiene products and healthy cooking classes, the announcement said.

The program helps schools meet fundraising goals by engaging shoppers to purchase specially marked items in Hannaford stores, said Hannaford.

Each store features more than 1,500 eligible products on its shelves. For every four participating products purchased, shoppers receive three “School Dollars” that they can donate in-store to the school of their choice.

““We’re proud that Hannaford Helps Schools can expand opportunities for students—especially at a time when so many of our schools are stretched for resources,” Dodge said in the announcement. “Educators already go above and beyond each and every day and now they’re faced with additional challenges brought on by educating in a COVID-19 environment. We hope that this donation done in partnership with our generous shoppers can provide some additional support to their students and classrooms.”

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