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The ShopRite supermarket at Frankford and Morrell avenues celebrated its efforts to combat hunger.

Orien Reid, the longtime Channel 10 news consumer reporter who is now a spokeswoman for the supermarket, visited the Morrell Plaza store on March 15 as a follow-up to ShopRite Partners in Caring Day.

The supermarket held a “Help Bag Hunger” event in September to mark National Hunger Awareness Month.

City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) and state Reps. Dennis O’Brien (R-169th dist.) and Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) bagged groceries as part of the fund-raiser. Cashiers also accepted donations from customers.

ShopRite Partners in Caring, established in 1999, is a year-round program that supports agencies that feed the hungry. More than $22 million has been donated to about 1,700 hunger relief agencies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland and Connecticut.

Partners in Caring supports food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child-care centers, battered women’s shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehabilitation centers, after-school programs and programs for the mentally and physically disabled.

This year, the Morrell Plaza store raised more than $7,500 and placed seventh in contributions among about 200 ShopRite supermarkets in the northeastern United States that took part in the “Help Bag Hunger” campaign.

Among those who attended the event were Tina Rothfuss, of Philabundance, and Pat Wieckowski, director of Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard, which received a $1,000 check from Morrell Park ShopRite owner Rich McMenamin.

The food cupboard, located on Townsend Road near Thornton Road in the Far Northeast, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Anyone who wants to donate food or money or to inquire about assistance can call 215-856-1370.

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