KEASBEY, NJ – Marking two decades of work to eradicate hunger through its ShopRite Partners In Caring (SRPIC) initiative, ShopRite and its vendor partners are offering several ways to help fight hunger this fall – a battle that is more important than ever.
Each year, ShopRite recognizes Hunger Action Month in September with a special focus on raising awareness around food insecurity in the communities where its stores operate. That effort is especially critical in 2020, with many people struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic and local food banks experiencing unprecedented demand.
While this year’s fundraising efforts may look a little different and include more virtual components as a result of the pandemic, SRPIC is kicking off the important fall fundraising period with three easy ways that let customers support food bank partners:
“Help Us Help Our Food Banks” Campaign
ShopRite customers have the option at checkout 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.
ShopRite Salutes Brand Partners in the Fight Against Hunger
For more than 20 years, SRPIC has joined with the brands ShopRite customers love in the fight against hunger. 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, Procter & Gamble, 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.
Help Bag Hunger
ShopRite stores often mark Hunger Action Month in September with unique in-store fund-raising events. In the past, celebrated athletes, mayors and first responders have helped ‘Bag Hunger’ at ShopRite stores. Many stores will again work with community leaders to Help Bag Hunger by bagging groceries at checkout and raising awareness about food insecurity. Keep an eye out at your local ShopRite for more information on Help Bag Hunger events, which may be a little different this year due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols.
“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 look forward to building upon the momentum of the last 20 years to further drive our hunger-fighting efforts to help people who are hurting during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. We are working alongside our partners, dedicated customers and enthusiastic associates to ease the effects of hunger in our communities, and our resolve to help is only strengthened during this difficult time.”
According to USDA data and Feeding America, food insecurity rates could potentially climb from more than 37 million people facing hunger in 2018 up to more than 54 million in 2020. ShopRite donated $1 million in April to 30 regional Feeding America food banks to help with the initial spike in need due to the pandemic.
Twenty years ago, ShopRite made a promise to fight hunger. Through SRPIC, a year-round, community-based hunger-fighting initiative, the supermarket retailer 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.
Two Decades of ShopRite Partners In Caring:
* More than $50 million donated since the program was founded
* $3 million donated per year
* 32 Feeding America Foodbanks receive donations
* 60 tons of turkey donated each year during the holiday season
* Over 250 million meals have helped feed the hungry
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.