Ewing, NJ - (Sept. 14) -
Hundreds of ShopRite and Wakefern Food Corp. employees volunteered at the 2022 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games last weekend at The College of New Jersey, celebrating the event’s return after a two-year hiatus. ShopRite and Wakefern have been proud sponsors of Special Olympics New Jersey for over 30 years, providing food, activities and volunteer contributions each year.
“Our associates were excited to see the Summer Games return this year and are grateful for the opportunity to support these incredible athletes," said Robert Zuehlke, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wakefern, which is the logistics, distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores. "We’re proud to be a long-time sponsor of Special Olympics New Jersey, and it’s always a privilege to take part in this incredible annual event.”
This year, approximately 500 Wakefern associates and their families donated their time at the weekend’s events, assisting with the games, preparing lunches, and working in several Wakefern-sponsored tents featuring activities for athletes to enjoy during downtime between events, including miniature golf, fruit basket building and photo tents.
Additionally, Wakefern provided the athletes, their families and volunteers with approximately 13,000 meals during the weekend.
The event kicked off on Friday, June 10 with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics program. The run stops at more than 40 ShopRite supermarkets throughout the state where ShopRite provides water, ice and fresh fruit for the participants.
Wakefern and ShopRite are committed to giving back to the communities they serve through volunteerism, food donations, sustainability programs and more. More than half of all Wakefern associates donate their time or resources to local organizations each year.
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 hundreds of supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves millions of customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $34 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com
About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises nearly 50 member families who today independently own and operate hundreds of supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage, and Fairway Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com