Shoprite Associates Raise $1.27M for Food Banks

News Source: The Philadelphia Tribune

By Ayana Jones

ShopRite associates across six states raised $1.27 million to support regional food banks in communities served by ShopRite stores.

The associates raised the funds by collecting donations at checkout and holding various events at 41 stores as part of the ShopRite Partners in Caring Cheerios contest. The theme of this year’s contest was Providing Hope to the Hungry.

“The ShopRite Partners In Caring program has been providing hope to the hungry in our communities for more than 15 years,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners in Caring.

“This contest highlights the ‘partners’ in the program — our dedicated ShopRite associates, our generous customers and one of our longtime vendor partners, General Mills, who shares our passion for helping those in need of food assistance.”

The winning stores were awarded with the selection of two ShopRite associates to be featured on a special-edition Cheerios box. These customized boxes will be unveiled during in-store celebrations during the month of March. The winners were also awarded funds that will be presented to local food pantries chosen by their store team.

The ShopRite of Synder Avenue in Philadelphia was among the winning stores, which selected associate Tilmon Bryant of North Philadelphia and associate Teresa Smith of Southwest Philadelphia to be featured on 125,000 special edition Cheerios boxes for their store’s commitment. The associates were selected by their colleagues to be featured on the boxes.

The box was recently unveiled during a ceremony held at the ShopRite of Synder Avenue, 29 Synder Ave. in South Philadelphia.

The Synder Avenue store is one of four locations in Pennsylvania to win the competition. The other Pennsylvania-based winners include ShopRite of Brodheadsville, ShopRite of Daleville in Covington Township and ShopRite of Hatfield.

“We celebrate the people who are on the back of the boxes because we know that they have worked really hard and they have the respect of their coworkers,” said Orien Reid, a spokesperson for ShopRite.

“The ShopRite Partners in Caring program was created in 1999. … We [are] a year round community-based program [here] to fight hunger, because we don’t believe that children should go to school and not have breakfast. We don’t believe that seniors should have to make a decision between filing a prescription and going to the doctor or buying food.”

Reid said the Partners in Caring program is important, especially at a time when low-income families are adversely being impacted by food stamp cuts.

ShopRite Partners in Caring initiative works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide nearly $3 million annually to charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners in Caring has donated nearly $37 million to more than 1,700 charities.

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