Ravitz Family ShopRites Recognized by EPA for Waste Reduction Efforts

Cherry Hill, NJ (January 22, 2013) – Supermarket of Cherry Hill, Inc. a family-owned business that operates 5 ShopRite stores in southern New Jersey, is proud announce that it has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its numerous efforts in food recovery and reduction of waste. All five Ravitz family ShopRites have been awarded the EPA’s Certificate of Achievement for significantly decreasing waste marked for landfills.

Earlier this year, Supermarkets of Cherry Hill joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a program which encourages organizations to reduce, donate and recycle as much of their excess food as possible to feed families in need, protect the environment and save money.

“We are so honored to be recognized by the EPA not only for our commitment to the environment but also for our commitment to the southern New Jersey communities whe  re we do business,” said Jason Ravitz, vice president of Retail Operations for Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc. “Partnering with the EPA to reduce our environmental impact and simultaneously help our neighbors in need sets a new standard for all our stores as we continue to look for new ways to better serve our customers.”

“By reducing the amount of food waste headed toward landfills and incinerators, businesses like the Supermarkets of Cherry Hill are taking action to reduce their environmental impact,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.  “EPA urges other businesses and communities to follow Supermarkets of Cherry Hill’s lead to ‘feed people and not landfills’ by joining EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.”

About Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc.

The Ravitz family opened its first grocery store in 1901 and joined the Wakefern cooperative in 1984. Today, third and fourth generations of the family own and operate five ShopRites: three in Burlington and two in Camden counties in New Jersey. The company plan to open a sixth store in Camden, NJ in 2015.

About ShopRite®

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 $30 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 $24 million for local schools, 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.