ShopRite and Phillies Team Up for Third Annual Food Drive
July 7th pre-game event to benefit Philabundance; Free prizes and giveaways
Edison, NJ (June 28, 2013) – ShopRite and the Phillies announced today that they will host the Third Annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive to benefit Philabundance at the Sunday, July 7th Phillies vs. Braves game at CitizensBankPark. Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation to the ShopRite Can Can truck parked on Citizens Bank Way between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. will receive a FREE ShopRite re-usable grocery bag while supplies last. Fans can also drop off their donations in Philabundance bins located at any Citizens Bank Park entrance gates.
The event is open to the public. Game tickets are not required to access the ShopRite Partners In Caring food drive on Citizens Bank Way.
This year, the iconic ShopRite truck, featuring the ShopRite Can Can dancers, will also celebrate the 11th Anniversary of ShopRite’s famous Summer Can Can sale. ShopRite hopes to collect more than 10,000 pounds of food to benefit those in need in the DelawareValley.
Additional highlights of the day’s events include:
- Music by 98.1 WOGL;
- ShopRite Can Can dancing with the Phillies Ballgirls;
- Fun events for kids of all ages, presented by ShopRite and The Philadelphia Zoo;
- A chance to win tickets to the upcoming “ShopRite Jimmy Rollins Back-to-School Cooler Giveaway Night” at the Sunday, August 25th Phillies vs. Diamondbacks game;
- Food sampling and giveaways, while supplies last;
- An appearance by the Phillies Phanatic*;
- A special visit by Phillies legend Greg “The Bull” Luzinski*.
ShopRite is a proud sponsor of the Phillies and a longtime friend to Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the DelawareValley. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite donates more than $3 million annually to food banks, such as Philabundance, throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.
ShopRite is also one of the many Phillies partners taking part in the Phans Feeding Families month-long initiative, aimed to help raise money and collect food to feed the 900,000 people in the DelawareValley that are at risk of hunger each year. For more information, please visit www.phillies.com/feedingfamilies.
“We are honored to partner with the Phillies to help alleviate the effects of hunger in our communities,” said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “Through ShopRite Partners in Caring, ShopRite has donated more than $2 million to Philabundance and events like these help us raise awareness of this very important issue.”
“ShopRite is a true summer hunger hero and this food drive on July 7th couldn’t come during a more critical time,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Food donations are so important right now because Philabundance sees more families coming to us for food during the summer months. Many children in the Delaware Valley who receive free and reduced meals in school will not have access to summer meal programs and for families on a really tight budget, providing those additional meals for their kids may be impossible. Philabundance needs to be ready to provide food to those families who need it most.”
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ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $30 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the DelawareValley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through direct service programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the DelawareValley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).