SHOPRITE DONATES $171K TO CONNECTICUT FOOD BANK
East Haven, CT (July 13, 2015) – ShopRite presented a check in the amount of $171,459 to Connecticut Food Bank today, Thursday, June 9th, at its East Haven location on Dixwell Avenue. This record-breaking donation was raised as a part ShopRite’s annual participation in the Check-Out Hunger national fundraising campaign.
Each year, ShopRite stores compete to raise funds for this worthy cause and the donations benefit local food banks in ShopRite communities across its trading areas. The top five winning stores for this year’s contest are all located in Connecticut and are owned by Milford Markets, a family business operated by the Garafalo family of Milford, Connecticut.
In a tireless effort to combat these statistics and end hunger in our time, ShopRite associates and loyal customers across CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE and Maryland together raised a record-breaking total of $685,193 in the 2014 annual contest.
“We are very proud of our associates and so grateful to our customers for this year’s most generous contributions to help feed the hungry,” said Harry Garafalo, president of Milford Markets and member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Food Bank. “My family and I have been working closely with Connecticut Food Bank for many years, supporting them in their mission to provide food to our neighbors in need. We are honored that our stores have played such an integral part in this year’s Check-Out Hunger event.”
Connecticut ShopRite stores in East Haven, Hamden, West Haven and Milford stores, owned and operated by the Garafalo family, were the top five fundraising stores nationally, raising nearly $110,000.
“ShopRite’s commitment to community is once again on display with The Check Out Hunger Campaign,” said Connecticut Food Bank President and CEO, Rob Levine. “The fact that here in Connecticut, Harry Garafalo and his team led their customers to the highest fundraising total in the nation speaks volumes about both ShopRite and its customers. The people served by the Connecticut Food Bank are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of such passionate community leadership and support.”
Check-Out Hunger, a national fundraising campaign, donates 100 percent of all funds raised to local hunger-fighting charities and raised more than $880,000 this year in support of Feeding America network food banks. From October through December, ShopRite shoppers added a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their bill at the checkout aisle, helping to raise funds for food banks in ShopRite’s trading areas across six states. Year after year, ShopRite associates work tirelessly at checkout lanes to ensure that Check-Out Hunger contributions continue to be a major source of funding for local food banks.
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 more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six 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 $38 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 $28 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.