Your shopping to trip to Stop & Shop just got a whole lot more exciting. Starting in September the grocery store launched its Free Fruit for Kids program in all of its stores. What does that mean exactly? Kids ages 10 and under get free fruit!
“We hope to help shape healthier habits in our tiniest of customers by offering a convenient and naturally sweet snack to enjoy as they shop with their parents,” said Julie Hersey, nutritionist for Stop & Shop in a statement.
In-store signage and produce displays direct customers to the free fruit that is available. Bananas were offered to start and now mandarin oranges are available. Customers are encouraged to take one piece of fruit per child ages 10 and under as a way to make healthy snacking a bit easier.
Clearly New Jersey shoppers are excited about the program. One shopper posted a sign from the Lyndhurst store of the offer on the Bergen County Moms Facebook page and got a flurry of responses. “Woohoo! They just started doing the same thing at the one in Wyckoff too,” wrote one user. “Same by me in Hackensack,” wrote another. Dumont and Tenafly were also called out in the comments section. “Yep my kids were in heaven the other day eating the cuties,” wrote another local mom.
If you have a Stop & Shop near you, you too can enjoy the program as it’s in all the stores!
Bonus: the Acme market in Bergenfield is hosting a similar program. If you go to the customer service desk you can get a free piece of fruit (an apple or banana) up to a dollar. Hooray for free fruit!