Wakefern Food Corp. and ShopRite Sponsor 2024 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games

Wakefern President Mike Stigers Joins ShopRite and Wakefern Volunteers to Help with Weekend Events

Ewing, NJ (June 10, 2024) – Nearly 500 ShopRite and Wakefern Food Corp. team members and their families volunteered at the 2024 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games over the weekend at The College of New Jersey. ShopRite and Wakefern have been proud sponsors of Special Olympics New Jersey for more than 30 years, providing meals, activities and volunteer contributions each year.

ShopRite at the New Jersey Special Olympics

“It is an honor to work with Special Olympics New Jersey, an organization that supports incredibly talented athletes and inspires us all,” said Mike Stigers, President of Wakefern Food Corp., the retailer-owned cooperative and logistics and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores. “The Summer Games are an annual tradition that our team members look forward to volunteering at each June and we are grateful for the opportunity to make an impact.”

Stigers joined Wakefern team members and their families who were assisting with events, preparing lunches and providing snacks, giveaways and games for the athletes to enjoy during their downtime.

Wakefern supplied the athletes, their families and volunteers with approximately 10,000 meals during the weekend.

Special Olympics New Jersey kicked off on Friday, June 7 with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics program. The run stops at more than 40 ShopRite supermarkets throughout the state, where ShopRite provides water, ice and fresh fruit for the participants.

Wakefern and ShopRite are committed to giving back to the communities they serve through volunteerism, food donations, sustainability programs and more.

About ShopRite
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 hundreds of supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves millions of customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $62 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated more than $40 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

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 nearly 50 members who today independently own and operate 365 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite Marketplace, Fairway Market, Gourmet Garage, Dearborn Market and Di Bruno Bros. banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.