Edison, NJ (Nov. 21, 2017)
Wakefern Food Corp. presented a $50,000 check to the American Red Cross at its corporate offices on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Red Cross representatives who accepted the check on Tuesday said the money will help with ongoing hurricane relief efforts focused on providing shelter, food and water to people who continue to struggle in places like Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 events and disasters each year.
Working with trusted partners like the Red Cross and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, ShopRite and Wakefern have donated supplies and funds while ShopRite associates volunteered their time, talent and resources to make a difference in communities that are still hurting.
Wakefern and ShopRite donated more than $100,000 in supplies and funds to hurricane relief over the last few months, including the donation of 100,000 bottles of water to storm ravaged Puerto Rico.
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, ShopRite reached out to its network of charity partners who were consulting with disaster relief agencies on the ground to assess the situation and determine what goods were most needed on the battered island. ShopRite worked with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to deliver 50 pallets of water to Newark Airport, where a United Airlines plane delivered the water to hard hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. ShopRite also sent truck drivers to Puerto Rico to help with the difficult process of food and water delivery on the island.
A ShopRite tractor-trailer loaded with supplies was also dispatched to the Houston Food Bank in September to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.
About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 344 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.