Ashtyn Davis, New York professional football player and safety, joined ShopRite associates recently to raise awareness about hunger by bagging groceries at the ShopRite of Union in Union, NJ.
And he was not alone.
Community leaders, first responders and athletes help raise awareness and money to fight hunger and food insecurity by helping bagging groceries at their local ShopRite stores. In recognition of September as National Hunger Action Month, ShopRite stores across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland hosted “Help Bag Hunger” days during the month.
Davis recently visited the ShopRite of Union to meet with fans and bag groceries for customers. ShopRite worked with Procter & Gamble, a leader in providing trusted brands to consumers, to raise awareness about food insecurity with the visit by Davis and other football players to several ShopRite stores. Professional players pitching in and bagging groceries at ShopRite stores during September included Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay, Defensive End Carl Lawson, Linebacker Odafe Oweh, Defensive End Ryan Kerrigan, Linebacker Eric Wilson and Tight End Kyle Rudolph.
“Giving back and supporting our local communities are values that are ingrained in our ShopRite culture, and we are proud of the impact we have made in fighting food insecurity,” said Rob Zuehlke, ShopRite’s manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. “We are always working alongside our partners, customers and dedicated associates to ease the effects of hunger in our communities.”
In addition to the football players, community leaders, police and firefighters also turned out to raise awareness about hunger while bagging groceries for customers at ShopRite stores.
With nearly 40 million Americans, including more than 12 million children, suffering from food insecurity, ShopRite helps raise awareness and inspire action within the community through its hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring (SRPIC), a year-round, community based program that provides funds to local food banks.
ShopRite customers also have the option at checkout this fall to donate $1, $3 or $5
to support local food banks – a simple and easy way to get support directly to the food banks that help neighbors in need.
SRPIC has joined for more than two decades in the fight against hunger with the brands ShopRite customers love. Together with vendor partners, SRPIC has donated more than $50 million to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, and other organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger.
Each time customers purchase products with the ShopRite Partners In Caring shelf tag, they support the brands that support ShopRite’s fight against hunger. Thanks to vendor partners such as General Mills, P& G, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Hershey’s, Mondelez International and others, nearly $3 million is donated annually through SRPIC to food banks. ShopRite associates who help their store raise the most money to fight hunger in September even get their photos on special-edition Cheerios boxes.
Through SRPIC, ShopRite and its family-owned and operated stores support more than 2,200 charities in the communities where ShopRite stores operate. For more information about SRPIC and its two decades of good work, visit, www.shopritepartnersincaring.org
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 $50 million to more than 2,200 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