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BlueClaws, Stop & Shop to Help Strike Out Hunger

Stop & Shop to make donation to Food Bank for each strikeout by a BlueClaws pitcher at FirstEnergy Park this summer
March 27, 2013

LAKEWOOD, NJ - The BlueClaws, in conjunction with Stop & Shop, will help Strike Out Hunger this summer at the Jersey Shore.

Each time a BlueClaws pitcher strikes out an opposing hitter at FirstEnergy Park, Stop & Shop will make a donation to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties as part of this new Strike Out Hunger initiative.

"Providing food for the less fortunate in Ocean and Monmouth Counties is a cause we are thrilled to aid," said BlueClaws General Manager Brandon Marano. "We are very grateful to Stop & Shop for their support and look forward to a summer of strikeouts from BlueClaws pitchers."

"Stop & Shop focuses on improving the lives of children and fighting hunger in the markets it serves.  We are proud to partner with the BlueClaws on this initiative to benefit the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties.  It is our way of giving back to the community and helping support those in need," said Arlene Putterman, spokesperson for Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. 

BlueClaws.com will keep a running tally throughout the season. Further, on August 31st, Stop & Shop will sponsor a BlueClaws Lunch Bag giveaway for the first 2,000 fans 17 & under. There will be a presentation on the field before the game as part of the Strike Out Hunger program.

The Food Bank of Ocean and Monmouth Counties serves over 260 pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs with almost 7 million pounds of food distributed annually. With the help of roughly 1,000 volunteers each year, the FoodBank's programs are truly a community effort, working to eliminate hunger by providing emergency food, skills training, outreach programs and advocacy for families in need. For more, visit www.FoodBankMOC.org.

Stop & Shop is proud to have donated over $29 million in 2012 through donations and in-kind support to help local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer, and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's educational and support programs.  Stop & Shop operates 184 stores in the New York Metro Division with 62 stores in the state of New Jersey.  

Opening Day at FirstEnergy Park is Thursday, April 4th, as the BlueClaws kick off the season against the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox). Tickets for Opening Day and every regular season game, plus the 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game and Celebrity Hitting Challenge, are on sale now by calling 732-901-7000 or online at BlueClaws.com.

The BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore's top stop for affordable, family entertainment. They have led the South Atlantic League in attendance in all 12 years of existence.

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