Community leaders came together Sept. 20 to help bag groceries at ShopRite stores as part of ShopRite's annual Help Bag Hunger Day.
That's when community leaders and local celebrity baggers such as mayors, council people, athletes, police and firefighters pitch in and help raise awareness around the issue of food insecurity by bagging groceries at their local ShopRite stores. ShopRite stores across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland participate in Help Bag Hunger Day.
Several professional football players joined the Help Bag Hunger team this year, with New York Safety Landon Collins, a 2016 Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro Selection, bagging groceries and greeting customers at the ShopRite of Columbia Park in North Bergen, and New Jersey native and football player Muhammad (Mo) Wilkerson, a 2015 Pro Bowl Selection, bagging groceries for customers at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown. Ed Reed, a retired professional football player and past World Champion Baltimore Safety, visited the ShopRite of Timonium in Lutherville-Timonium, MD, and Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham worked the front end and bagged groceries at the ShopRite of Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia.
Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, right, joined ShopRite of Newark owner and operator Neil Greenstein, center, and store manager Tom Clanton, left, to help bag groceries on Help Bag Hunger day.
ShopRite associates help raise money in stores during September, which is also National Hunger Action, and ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to more than 2,100 organizations over the last 16 years.
About ShopRite Partners In Caring
ShopRite Partners In Caring is a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide $3 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania -- all the states where our ShopRite stores operate. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to more than 2,100 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women's shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.shopritepartnersincaring.org