Partners in Caring
Every year, ShopRite Associates raise millions of dollars for area food banks through ShopRite Partners In Caring. Since its inception in 1999, this year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative has raised over $40 million that goes to more than 1,700 charities, including 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.
ShopRite has a like-minded partner in these efforts in General Mills. General Mills sponsors a contest each year to reward the stores who raise the most money for Partners In Caring. The top 40 stores in the contest nominate 2 of their Associates (3 Associates for the #1 store) to appear on a Special Edition Cheerios Box that debuts in March of the following year. In addition, General Mills gives those top stores checks ranging between $1,000 – $3,000 made out to food pantries of each store’s choosing.
In 2015, out of 269 participating stores, ShopRite of Medford captured 1st Place and raised $25,532! ShopRite of Lawnside placed 3rd and raised $16,691! The Associates from Medford honored with a spot on the Cheerios box were: Maintenance Dept. Manager, Tom Bezanis, Front End Manager, Patricia Dyremose, and Non-Foods Manager, Mike Mahony. The Associates from Lawnside were: Grocery Manager, Bill Emmertz, and Deli Manager, Brenda Evangelista. Click here to see pictures of the 2015 campaign and Cheerios Box Unveiling.
In 2016, Associates from both stores were very motivated to not only be competitive in the General Mills contest, but also to raise even more money for the area food pantries. For the 2nd straight year, ShopRite of Medford took 1st place in the contest! A record-breaking $40,004 was raised by our Medford Associates and Customers by many fundraisers and events in 2016. ShopRite of Lawnside also surpassed their 2015 number by raising $18,320, placing 9th overall out of the 251 participating stores.
The Associates who will be representing us on this year’s special Cheerios Box are:
Jodi Lattiere, Floral Dept. – Jodi has supported every PIC event year after year– big or small. She makes every display and everything we do just POP and come to life! Jodi is someone who has an incredible flair for making everything look absolutely amazing and she does it with enthusiasm and excitement every single time.
Beth Ann Peterson, In-Store Retail Dietitian – At the end of the SRPIC campaign in 2014 & during a brainstorming session of how the dietitians could contribute more to PIC- Beth Ann Peterson suggested a 5k. In 2015 that idea became reality. This year, the race grew – we doubled our sponsorships and our race participants! There is so much planning and coordination that happens months before race day and Beth Ann has led the way for us in this great community-based event!
Sue Schembri, ShopRite from HOME – For the past 2 years, Sue has gotten behind the associate bake sales and this year she went all out – creating themes for each bake sale and encouraging associates to participate in each themed event. She even had her own children volunteer their time for the Halloween Bake Sale by dressing up. The kids loved getting pics with Spiderman! Sue was always so enthusiastic for each bake sale and was eager to beat whatever was raised in the previous bake sale. Customers that didn’t want a baked good knew they could not tell Sue “no” easily , so they often donated money to PIC
Lou Salerno, Catering Dept. – From the start of the 2016 PIC campaign, Lou has been its champion. He rounded up everyone for the 50/50s and also for the iPad giveaway. He was on a mission with the hot dog and pretzel sales. He made sure we sold as many as possible, always urging more sales. Lou participated in every single event with the most enthusiastic attitude while always having his eye on the bottom line – fundraising.
Cora Williams, Catering Dept – Cora was a familiar face every weekend selling hotdogs and pretzels, always with a big smile and a word of encouragement. She took over the silent auction ticket sales and left no stone unturned. The silent auction was one of the biggest fundraisers and the amount of tickets sold is a result of Cora’s tireless efforts.