Company : Wakefern Food Corp.
Program category : Food

Origins:

Wakefern was always aware of the pervasive problem of hunger experienced by so many people in neighborhoods served by ShopRite stores, and for many years the company contributed time, products, financial support, and technical expertise to area food banks. In 1999, when a sales manager for Wakefern Food Corp. and a representative from General Mills decided to forgo “business as usual” and partner on a consumer promotion, ShopRite Partners In Caring was born. In its very first year, this new corporate responsibility program donated $1 million to 500 qualified hunger-fighting organizations and the need for ShopRite Partners In Caring (SRPIC) was clear. Sixteen years later, ShopRite Partners In Caring has become a force in the fight against hunger and has donated more than $39 million to local food banks in our trading area.

Contribution:

Through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program, $3 million is donated each year to local Feeding America Food Banks. Additionally, an annual holiday donation of 60 tons of turkeys enables those less fortunate to sit down to Thanksgiving meals. Millions of pounds of product are also donated each year from our warehouse facilities to local food banks. And many of our ShopRite stores are engaged in food gleaning/recovery programs that provide fresh produce and other perishables to local pantries. Through contests, store-based fundraisers, and hundreds of events each year, SRPIC also raises awareness about hunger in the communities where our ShopRite stores operate.

Objectives:

“To provide funds to worthy hunger-fighting charities while engaging the community in the fight against hunger” – the Mission of ShopRite Partners in Caring. SRPIC carries out this mission through its objectives: • Demonstrating the company’s commitment to community • Encouraging associate and consumer engagement in the fight against hunger • Leveraging the company’s products and vendor relationships to benefit those in need • Tapping the company’s expertise in retail, food service and logistics to help food banks become more efficient

Impact:

“To provide funds to worthy hunger-fighting charities while engaging the community in the fight against hunger” – the Mission of ShopRite Partners in Caring. SRPIC carries out this mission through its objectives: • Demonstrating the company’s commitment to community • Encouraging associate and consumer engagement in the fight against hunger • Leveraging the company’s products and vendor relationships to benefit those in need • Tapping the company’s expertise in retail, food service and logistics to help food banks become more efficient

Quote:

“Fighting hunger isn’t just something we do; it’s something we are passionate about. ShopRite Partners In Caring is our signature hunger-fighting initiative and it’s doing good, essential work in the communities served by our ShopRite stores,” said Wakefern President and COO Joe Sheridan.