ShopRite Donates $25,000 to America’s Grow-a-Row in the Fight Against Hunger

A team of more than 20 ShopRite volunteers from the ShopRite of Clinton and the ShopRite of Flemington visited America’s Grow-a-Row farm in Pittstown on September 29, to harvest crops destined for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  At the event, Joe Colalillo, president of the ShopRite of Hunterdon County, presented a $25,000 check to support America’s Grow-a-Row mission to deliver free, fresh produce to those in need. 


“ShopRite is proud to partner with and support America’s Grow-a-Row to combat food insecurity,” said Colalillo. “The devastating effects of the pandemic have placed an even greater strain on local families and we are committed to doing all that we can to help those in need.” 


At the event, ShopRite volunteers received an educational session from America’s Grow-a-Row on the organization’s history, and a lesson on the basics of farming and harvesting.  The team then went to work harvesting eggplants that will be delivered to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  As a result of their efforts more than 3,000 pounds of eggplant were collected -- the equivalent of 12,000 servings.


Additionally, as part of the America’s Grow-a-Row partnership with ShopRite, volunteers from America’s Grow-a-Row make daily trips to ShopRite stores in Clinton and Flemington to rescue “not quite retail perfect” produce that is then delivered to local food pantries.  This process, known as “gleaning,” not only helps fight hunger, but also keeps excess produce from being discarded and out of local landfills. 


“ShopRite has proven invaluable to our ability to help people in Hunterdon County and across New Jersey,” said Chip Paillex, President and Founder, America’s Grow-a-Row. “From ‘hands-on’ support from volunteers at our farms, to providing fresh produce to those in need that would otherwise go to waste, ShopRite has made a true impact on our organization and those struggling from food insecurity.” 


ShopRite is committed to fighting hunger in communities in which our stores operate, that is why in 1999, ShopRite established the Partners In Caring program, a community-based, hunger fighting initiative that supports more than 2,200 charities. Since its founding, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, and other organizations that are on the front lines of fighting hunger.