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Stop & Shop helped raise $29m in charitable donations in 2012

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC said Wednesday that more than $29 million was donated in 2012 through customer, vendor, and associate donations to community organizations in areas where the Quincy-based chain has stores.

Noting that its charitable mission focuses on fighting hunger and promoting healthy communities, Stop & Shop said that $14 million of that total went toward supporting local hunger relief agencies.

Looking ahead, Stop & Shop announced a new three-year commitment to distribute $6 million in ‘‘Fighting Child Hunger’’ grants through its Our Family Foundation.

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‘‘Stop & Shop wishes to thank our generous customers, dedicated associates, and our giving vendor partners who help us make a difference every day in our communities,’’ Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division, said in a statement.

Stop & Shop operates more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. In Massachusetts, the chain has 131 stores.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.