Fighting Back Against Hunger
Hundreds of ShopRite associates across six states banded together last September in a friendly competition sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills, the annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Contest. With the “Lending a Hand for Hunger” theme, ShopRite associates once again rolled up their sleeves and worked hard to fight hunger in the communities where ShopRite stores operate.
Associates collected donations at check-out and held various events in store, raising $1.3 million during the popular contest to support regional food banks in communities served by ShopRite stores. Now those associates are being recognized for their dedication and hard work with a prized spot on a special-edition Cheerios box.
Each of the 40 winning ShopRite stores chose two ShopRite associates to be featured on a special-edition Cheerios box. These customized Cheerios boxes, sold exclusively at ShopRite, were unveiled at in-store celebrations during the month of March. Additionally, each winning store was awarded funds ($3,000 for the top 5 stores, and $500 for the remaining winning stores) – money presented to local food pantries chosen by the store team.
“The 81 ShopRite associates featured on this year’s special-edition Cheerios Box represent the caring and compassion that has come to symbolize the fight against hunger and the commitment of ShopRite Partners In Caring,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “Since ShopRite Partners In Caring began in 1999, a total of $40 million has been donated to local food banks to feed the hungry in our communities. The Cheerios contest is one of our favorite annual events and highlights many of our ‘partners’ in the fight against hunger - our dedicated ShopRite associates, our generous customers, and one of our long-time vendor partners, General Mills, who shares our passion for helping those in need of food assistance."
Winning stores include:
ShopRite of Berlin, ShopRite of Byram, ShopRite of Chews Landing, ShopRite of Clark, ShopRite of Clinton, ShopRite of Columbia Park in North Bergen, ShopRite of Delran, ShopRite of Fischer Bay in Toms River, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Franklin, ShopRite of Glassboro, ShopRite of Greenwich Township, ShopRite of Hammonton, ShopRite of Hillsborough, ShopRite of Metro Plaza in Jersey City, ShopRite of Landis in Vineland, ShopRite of Lawnside, ShopRite of Lyndhurst, ShopRite of Mansfield, ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Medford, ShopRite of Mullica Hill, ShopRite of Newton, ShopRite of Ramsey, ShopRite of Somers Point, ShopRite of Spotswood, ShopRite of Stirling, ShopRite of Succasunna, ShopRite of West Deptford, ShopRite of Williamstown
ShopRite of Bedford Hills, ShopRite of Croton in Croton On Hudson, ShopRite of Fishkill, ShopRite of Forest & Richmond in Staten Island, ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, ShopRite New Rochelle
Pennsylvania: ShopRite of Brodheadsville, ShopRite of Hatfield, ShopRite of Snyder Avenue in Philadelphia
ShopRite of Canton
About ShopRite Partners In Caring
ShopRite Partners In Caring is a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide $3 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania -- all the states where our ShopRite stores operate. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $40 million to more than 2,000 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women's shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.shopritepartnersincaring.org.
About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world's leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the globe. Its brands include Cheerios, Yoplait, Totino’s, Häägen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Fiber One, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., General Mills had fiscal 2015 worldwide sales of US $17.6 billion.