PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – When it comes to leading companies offering longstanding, compassionate support to the Food Bank of South Jersey, ShopRite is among the greatest of Food Bank partners, supporters and friends.
Recently, three ShopRite stores delivered truckloads of canned and dry goods to the Food Bank of South Jersey’s warehouse in Pennsauken, NJ, in addition to cash donations to support the Food Bank’s extensive and expansive operational initiatives required to assist the hunger-relief organization’s COVID-19 response.
Those donations worth $100,000 came in addition to a $25,000 grant from the family that owns the local ShopRite stores participating in the robust food donation – all efforts focus on one singular goal: Provide support and strength to the Food Bank of South Jersey as the organization meets an ongoing and unprecedented surge in demand.
Those stores, owned by David and Renee Zallie and operated as Somerset Stores, have a history of supporting the regional food bank in addition to other local, smaller food pantries. Donations like these – specifically selected food product and flexible, problem-solving cash – are helping the Food Bank of South Jersey meet a need that has more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the economy.
“As we continue to see a more than 200 percent increase in the need for food throughout our region, accentuated by an upsurge of approximately 40 percent in first-time participants seeking resources, support and hope our food distributions, we simply could not do all we do without the compassion, partnership and generosity of leading supporters, such as Somerset Stores,” reports Fred C. Wasiak, President & CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “We are immeasurably grateful and appreciative for the longstanding friendship and support. Now, more than ever, these ShopRite stores are helping us feed South Jersey.”
Somerset Stores operate under the Zallie’s Fresh Kitchen brand as ShopRite of Medford, ShopRite of Lawnside, and ShopRite of Gibbstown, all part of the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative.
For several years, the company directed a share of fundraising proceeds to the Food Bank of South Jersey. The signature fundraising event of ShopRite of Medford, Stamp Out Hunger 5K, dedicated all registration fees to the food bank in September 2019.
“We understand the devastation that this pandemic is having on people from all walks of life, including those who have never before needed assistance from a food bank,” Renee Zallie states. “We’re glad we could make a positive impact to fight hunger right here in our region.”
Marking its 35th year in 2020, the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. Throughout 2019, FBSJ distributed over 15 million pounds of food, more than 230,000 summer meals and over 17,500 senior food boxes, as well as serving 95 health and wellness programs to more than 11,700 residents. Providing community impact through local support, FBSJ ensures that local donations stay local. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more, visit Food Bank of South Jersey.