ShopRite’s annual Help Bag Hunger Day brought community leaders together to help raise awareness on food insecurity

ShopRite’s annual Help Bag Hunger Day brought community leaders together to help raise awareness on food insecurity

Keasbey, New Jersey, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — 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

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp


ShopRite will open the ShopRite of Newark Wednesday on Sept. 30, 2015

Ribbon cutting scheduled for 10 AM

Newark, NJ, 2015-9-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite® today announced that it will open the ShopRite of Newark Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.

Located in the heart of the Central Ward, the state-of-the art ShopRite of Newark will be owned and operated by the Greenstein family, which has had a long commitment to Essex County as the owners and operators of the Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield, NJ.

“We are very excited to bring our second ShopRite store to Essex County, with this brand new location in Newark, where we will be a vital part of the community and a good neighbor. We call our Brookdale ShopRite the ‘supermarket with a heart,’ and we plan to bring that same heart, soul and dedication now to serve the city of Newark,” said Neil Greenstein, a third generation grocer and owner of the ShopRite of Newark.  “We are privileged to be part of this community and all the great new development that is happening in Newark right now.”

The ShopRite of Newark brings 360 full- and part-time jobs to the city and the store will serve as the anchor for Springfield Marketplace, a much anticipated mixed-used development that will include retail shops, restaurants and 152 market-rate apartments when completed later this year. The ShopRite of Newark Facebook page is already featuring new store associates as part of the countdown to the supermarket opening Sept. 30.  See Facebook page here: Newark Facebook

“We are extremely excited about the Greenstein family opening a ShopRite in Newark, and becoming a partner in creating ‘Newark 3.0,’” Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka said today.  “This development will address several critical needs in the city: eliminating a ‘food desert’ in its neighborhood; providing jobs, job training, career development, and prosperity to our residents, and adding to the overall prosperity and economic strength of Newark as a whole. We are looking forward to cutting the ribbon on this supermarket, our residents are looking forward to working there, and I am looking forward to shopping at a supermarket that is helping to transform Newark into a City we can all believe in.”

Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins said Neil Greenstein focused his hiring and training efforts on Newark residents while working closely over the last two years with community groups such as the Greater Newark Conservancy, the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, and senior and children’s groups in the city.

“Neil has been a genuine community partner, giving of his time, money and team to make ShopRite an essential part of the city of Newark before the cash register even rings up the first dollar. We know that is indicative of who Neil is and what we can expect from this fantastic supermarket in our city. It’s also a prime example of how businesses should operate in communities,” added the councilwoman.

To mark the grand opening, the Greenstein family will make a special donation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  The Sept. 30 ceremony will also include an in-store unveiling of a mural painted by Newark students and coordinated by the Barat foundation, a local non-profit organization.

At 70,000 square feet, the full service ShopRite of Newark will offer a broad array of groceries and fresh produce along with hallmark store features and services ShopRite customers have come to expect. The new store will include a butcher shop cutting meat to order; from-scratch fresh bake shop offering store made bread, cakes and pastries; and seafood and produce departments stocking fresh deliveries daily, along with a floral department and pharmacy.

The ShopRite of Newark will also offer a Halal department and a wide selection of freshly prepared meals including ShopRite Kitchen entrees, sides and soups that customers can take home or enjoy at the in-store café.  An on-site dietitian will be available to offer free, one-on-one consultations, store tours or meal planning to customers, and the convenient online ShopRite from Home® service will also be available to customers. ShopRite associates personally shop those online grocery orders and customers can pick up their groceries in-store or have them delivered to their homes.

“The opening of this Shoprite signifies a major victory for the residents of Newark, as a once-underutilized parcel of land in University Heights has been transformed into a much needed mixed-use development, anchored by a state-of-the art grocery store,” said Richard Tucker, President and CEO of Tucker Development. “With the remaining retail and residential components of Springfield Avenue Marketplace nearing completion, we’re only months away from fully realizing our vision of creating one of Newark’s most exciting live-dine-shop developments.”

“This project is a great example of public and private partners coming together to meet the needs of the community,” added Neil Greenstein. “We are so grateful to the leadership of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark City Council in helping us bring this ShopRite supermarket to Newark.”


About Brookdale ShopRite, Inc.
Led by third generation grocer Neil Greenstein, Brookdale ShopRite has been a family business for more than 60 years. The company currently owns and operates the Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield, NJ.

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 $38 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 $27 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

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SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp