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ROCKLAND, Mass. -- Tedeschi Food Shops Inc. received the 2013 Employer of the Year award from Best Buddies of Massachusetts. The family-owned chain, which is the largest employer to ever receive the award, partnered with the Best Buddies Massachusetts Jobs Program to employ eight individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"The opportunity that we are able to offer our Best Buddies pales in comparison to what they give back. They bring energy, excitement and passion to work, brightening the days for our employees and customers," said Peter Tedeschi, president of Tedeschi Food Shops.
Tedeschi accepted the award on Dec. 10 at the 2013 Evening of Opportunity event in Boston.
Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of multiple local sports celebrities who partner with and support Best Buddies.
Tedeschi Food Shops operates 191 convenience stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.