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.