Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ShopRite Partners in Caring Helps Feed the Hungry

For more than 30 year ShopRite has been helping feed the hungry in the neighborhoods their stores service.

ShopRite began helping to fight the problem of hunger through its support of the Feeding America network (formerly America’s Second Harvest) and through participation in the Checkout Hunger program. Yet, it wanted to do more, so in 1999, ShopRite conceived and began its ShopRite Partners In Caring program.

The ShopRite Partners In Caring program is a year-round, community based hunger fighting initiative. Working with more than 50 manufacturers, the program is committed to helping to feed and meet the nutritional needs of families and the elderly who may otherwise not have food. The ShopRite Partners In Caring program supports 23 regional food banks and more than 1,400 charitable agencies with food or meal components. With a $2 million annual donation, more than $20 million has been donated since 1999 in the fight against hunger.

Companies that have joined ShopRite in the fight against hunger are marked in stores with the ShopRite Partners In Caring shelf label. By choosing these products, ShopRite customers support manufacturers who contribute to the program. Each of the 217 ShopRite stores in the six states that ShopRite serves selects qualified local organizations to benefit from the program. These local food charities use their designated funds to acquire supplies at a food bank.

Facts About Hunger in America

  • More than 36 million Americans (11 percent of U.S. households) suffer from food insecurity
  • More than 12 million children are growing up hungry
  • There are many complications of hunger, especially for children, including
    - Weakened immune systems
    - Cognitive and behavioral development problems; can cause irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating in younger children. Also proven to cause depression in some teenagers
    - Slow or unusual development in areas such as speaking, behavior and movement
  • A $1 donation can purchase 10 pounds of food from a food bank

Please consider helping ShopRite fight hunger!

In addition, General Mills and ShopRite will donate one box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area for the first 30 people who comment on this post!!!! So please leave me a comment!!!!!

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3 comments:

Cindi said...

Hoping you get many comments. Thank you to you and ShopRite for reminding us all to lend a helping hand.

Melinda said...

What a great thing Shoprite and General Mills is doing!

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