Cheerios Box Features 3 ShopRite of Medford Store Associates for 4th Consecutive Year
Medford, N.J. – Call it a “four-peat:” ShopRite of Medford once again earned spots for three store associates to be pictured on a special edition Cheerios Box! The store’s fundraising efforts during Hunger Action Month yielded the distinction of being the top store, for the fourth consecutive year, among ShopRite stores across six states. ShopRite of Medford raised more than $51,600 for ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite’s year-round hunger fighting initiative.
The limited edition Cheerios box features photos of three Medford store associates, all residents of South Jersey, along with associates from other ShopRite stores. The 2019 ShopRite of Medford honorees include the food service department’s Theresa Arroyo, cashier Janet Lentz, and assistant store manager Marty Nowicki.
All three were honored Tuesday, March 5, when corporate and store leaders unveiled the special cereal box in front of an audience of community dignitaries and shoppers at the ShopRite of Medford The customized Cheerios boxes, sold exclusively at ShopRite, feature 101 hunger-fighting heroes and ShopRite associates..
To earn a spot on the iconic cereal box, ShopRite associates across hundreds of stores compete each year in a friendly competition sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills. Associates collect donations at check-out and host events in stores to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger. Much of that fundraising takes place during September – Hunger Action Month – and the 50 top fundraising stores earn spots on the cereal box. The tradition marks two decades this year and ShopRite associates raised a total of $1.5 million – money that supports 2,200 charities working to fight hunger. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated more than $48 million to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, and other organizations dedicated to fighting hunger.
The money raised through ShopRite of Medford and its customers is all designated for the local southern New Jersey area. As the top fundraising store, ShopRite of Medford also received $3,000 to be donated to local food pantries. The store divided the money between the Medford and Tabernacle locations of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Representatives from those organizations were on hand for Tuesday’s celebration, as was South Jersey Food Bank CEO Fred Wasiak.
“It is easy to ask shoppers to donate to Partners In Caring when you know that the money raised all stays in the local community,” said Lentz, a two-year ShopRite of Medford associate who lives in Southampton. “What is raised here, stays here.”
Lentz was selected to appear on the Cheerios box because of her consistent effort to ask customers to “round-up” their total and donate the extra money to Partners In Caring. “This is a very giving community,” the cashier noted. “Our customers are very nice about donating, and very supportive.”
For Arroyo, a single mother of three who lives in Browns Mills, “this is personal. I know there are so many other people out there who are like me, who have had to ask for help.”
Arroyo, an 18-year associate with ShopRite of Medford, spearheaded the store’s “dine and donate” efforts at the Pic-a-Lilli Inn in Shamong.
Nowicki, a resident of Voorhees, has worked within ShopRite stores for 38 years, and found that Partners In Caring participation is engrained in the Medford store’s culture. Store owners David and Renee Zallie “have built a very community-focused culture here. They are very involved in the community and really lead by example.”
David and Renee also own ShopRite of Gibbstown and ShopRite of Lawnside, another store that again ranked among the top 50 Partners In Caring participants.
“We are in the food business. We are all about feeding people,” Renee Zallie said. “That’s why we feel so strongly about ShopRite Partners In Caring and its effort to end food insecurity.”
ShopRite of Medford’s largest Partners In Caring fundraising activity is the annual Labor Day 5K, which winds its way through the historical streets of Medford. “Our customers, community members and local businesses always come through in support of the 5K,” Zallie said.