Carando and Market Basket Partner to Support Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carando, the artisans of Classic Italian Meats, partnered with Market Basket to donate $1,000 to The Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth on Friday. The donation will support direct service programs for youth and help maintain affordable memberships. Carando made the donation during the grand opening of the new Market Basket grocery store in Plymouth, Mass.

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Carando and Market Basket representatives presented a check to Christine Young and Ted Donnelly of The Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth. The donation is part of the Carando Cares program, a campaign to support organizations making a positive difference in local communities. Carando is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

“Carando was built on tradition, so it’s important that Carando continues its commitment to giving back to organizations that do great work in our communities,” said Michael J. Sargent, Senior Brand Manager, Carando. “The Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth is committed to improving the lives of our youth and we are humbled to be able to help carry out their mission.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth has served Plymouth youth for more than 100 years. Today, over 800 children are taking advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth. They benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers, who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.

The Boston Bruins Mascot “Blades” was on hand for the donation, helping Carando and Market Basket present the check to The Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth.

“It’s great to be able to partner with Carando to give this donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth,” said Paul Quigley, Store Director, Market Basket. “We hope we can continue to partner with Carando in the future to do great things like this in the community.”

In addition to the donation, Carando and Market Basket have also launched an in-store consumer sweepstakes to celebrate the grand opening. One grand prize winner will receive an at-home Italian dinner party for six guests. Two runner-up winners will receive a $100 Market Basket gift card. The sweepstakes will run through Wednesday, September 30, 2016. Visit the new Market Basket store in Plymouth for official rules and to enter the sweepstakes.

Carando Cares has made more than $250,000 in monetary and in-kind donations since the program’s inception in 2013. For more information about Carando and Carando Cares, please visit or

About Carando
All of our classic Italian meats stay true to the traditional recipes that our founder, Pietro Carando, brought to America from his boyhood home in Torino, Italy. One taste is all it takes to discover the authentic Italian difference of Carando. For more information, visit

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Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

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