Shaw’s Pharmacy Team will provide flu shots and COVID vaccines along with healthy food as part of a $50,000 grant from its Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Fund

August 20, 2021 — Volunteers from Shaw’s Supermarkets Pharmacy Team are partnering with the YMCA of Metro North to host a mobile food, flu shot, and COVID vaccine clinic at YMCA locations in Lynn, Melrose, and Peabody; and at the Y’s summer meals food distribution sites at Curwin Circle and Neptune Towers in Lynn. Shaw’s volunteer engagement with the YMCA is part of a $50,000 grant from its Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Fund provided by Shaw’s Foundation.

“It’s really important to our company that we are an active community partner to help organizations like the YMCA of Metro North make a direct impact on the lives of our neighbors,” says Eric Aguiar, District Manager, Shaw’s Supermarkets. “We are thrilled to work with the YMCA and support their efforts to keep our communities healthy this Fall by providing nutritious food to children and families and encourage everyone to get their flu and COVID shots.”

The Shaw’s and the Albertson Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors summer meals grants help organizations that work to bridge the nutrition gap for students without access to school meal programs during the summer break. The YMCA of Metro North will transport Shaw’s volunteers to their branch sites and to mobile food distribution sites using its newly acquired Y on the Fly van. Healthy food will be provided in each location along with flu shots, COVID vaccines, and diabetes prevention information for participants.

“We want everyone to stay healthy this Fall and volunteers like the team from Shaw’s are exactly what we need right now to help out. There is still so much ground to recover after COVID and we are not out of the woods yet,” says Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro North. “We continue to provide food to children in our programs and at mobile distribution sites in our community, and with partners like Shaw’s we can hope to see the end of food insecurity in our region as well as the end of this pandemic.”

Interested community members can receive healthy food, flu shots and COVID vaccines free of charge at the following locations:

Demakes Family YMCA [LYNN]: Tuesday, August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*40 Neptune Boulevard

Neptune Towers [LYNN]: 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

*130 Neptune Boulevard

Curwin Circle [LYNN]: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (in front of the recreational center)

Torigian Family YMCA [PEABODY] Tuesday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

*259 Lynnfield Street

Melrose Family YMCA [MELROSE] Tuesday, September 14 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

*497 Main Street

For more information, contact the YMCA of Metro North at 978-548-5068

About the YMCA of Metro North 

The YMCA of Metro North changes lives for the better. For more than 150 years, their health and child care centers in Lynn, Melrose, Peabody, Saugus, and Stoneham serve more than 69,000 people annually and provide $1.2 million in financial assistance to access YMCA programs, child care, and summer camps.

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About Albertsons Companies

Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer in the United States. The company operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. The company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2019 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave $225 million in food and financial support. In 2020, the Company made a $53 million commitment to community hunger relief efforts and a $5 million commitment to organizations supporting social justice. These efforts have helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, social justice and programs for people with disabilities and veterans’ outreach.