KEASBEY, N.J. (April 121, 2011) – More than fifty million Americans experienced food insecurity in 2009. More than seventeen million of them were children. In a tireless effort to combat these statistics and end hunger in our time, ShopRite associates and loyal customers together raised a record-breaking $632,086 in the 2010 annual Check-Out Hunger fundraiser.
Check-Out Hunger, a national fundraising campaign, donates 100 percent of all funds raised to local hunger-fighting charities. From October through December of last year, ShopRite shoppers added a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their bill at the checkout aisle, helping to raise funds for food banks in ShopRite’s trading areas across six states. Year after year, ShopRite associates work tirelessly at checkout lanes to ensure that Check-Out Hunger contributions continue to be a major source of funding for local food banks.
The Check-Out Hunger program is the perfect complement to ShopRite’s year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring. Since 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $24 million to more than 1,700 charities, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other organizations that aid those in need.
“The Check-Out Hunger program provides an easy way for our customers to help address the issue of hunger right in their own communities,” said Karen Meleta, spokesperson for ShopRite. “Alleviating hunger and providing assistance to our neighbors in need is at the forefront of ShopRite’s commitment to the community. We are proud of our associates and grateful to our customers for this year’s most generous contributions to the fight against hunger.”