A ShopRite tractor-trailer loaded with 38,300 bottles of water arrived at the JFK Recreation Center in Newark
Friday, March 11.
ShopRite answered Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s call for donations of bottled water for Newark schools when a tractor-trailer loaded with nearly 1,600 cases of water arrived at JFK Recreation Center, one of several water distribution centers set up around the city.
Thirty Newark public schools recently tested positive for elevated lead levels in drinking water – a problem likely caused by aging pipes and infrastructure in school buildings. Schools are temporarily using bottled water for cooking and drinking and have turned off drinking fountains. The city has also begun offering free lead testing to children in the school system.
"We are part of this community and we wanted to help," said Neil Greenstein, the owner and operator of the ShopRite of Newark who organized the recent water delivery.
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 260 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 $39 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. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com