Baltimore, MD (July 23, 2014)
– Through a combined effort of ShopRite Supermarkets, elected officials, non-profit organizations and the local police, the number of guns on the streets of Baltimore will be greatly reduced. On July 26, 2014, from 10:00am – 2:00 pm there will be a Goods for Guns collection in the city of Baltimore through this partnership.
The collection will take place in recognition of the new ShopRite of Howard Park located in Baltimore, MD, and will be supported by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Council led by Council President Jack Young, the Baltimore Police Department, ShopRite Supermarkets operated by the Klein Family, and non-profit UpLift Solutions. The Goods for Guns collection will take place at the New All Saints Catholic Church located at 4408 Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore, MD.
Guns threaten the lives of innocent people every day. “Good for Guns” enables owners of guns to turn them in and receive a $100 ShopRite Gift Card; No questions are asked. “Violence in our communities makes any positive strides more challenging and it affects us all, particularly during difficult economic times. The ‘Goods for Guns’ program creates a tremendous opportunity to help the communities that we are committed to,” states Marshall Klein, Chief Operations Officer of Klein’s Family Markets. Collection locations are chosen based on where this assistance is most needed.
About Klein’s Family Markets
Klein’s Family Markets is headquartered in Forest Hill, MD and operates 8 ShopRite Supermarkets in the Harford and Baltimore Counties of Maryland. They were founded in 1925 by Maurice and Sarah Klein, who later handed down their legacy to their son Ralph and his wife Shirley. The family has continued to operate the original supermarket business for four generations and the ShopRite of Howard Park is their first supermarket located in the city of Baltimore.
About UpLift Solutions
UpLift Solutions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded by Jeff Brown in 2009 as a platform to share his supermarket model and experience, on a national basis. UpLift has pioneered the effort of eliminating areas lacking access to fresh and affordable food in the U.S. by working with government agencies, non-profits and industry to create sustainable environments for underserved communities. Efforts focus on creating sustainable food systems, health innovations and economic opportunity. For more information, visit www.upliftsolutions.org
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $33 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com