FLORIDA, NY – ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced it has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York for its annual Feeding Our Neighbors campaign and Cornell Cooperative Extension and Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley’s Nourish Your Neighbor healthy food drive initiative.
The partnerships are part of a joint effort to replenish food pantries throughout the Hudson Valley region.
Specifically, from Sunday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 3, 27 ShopRite stores throughout Westchester County and the mid-Hudson region will collect donations at checkout for Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York. Shoppers can make monetary donations, or donate non-perishable food to support the archdiocesan-wide effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens that feed hungry neighbors during the most critical time of the year.
In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Smart New York will lend support via Nourish Your Neighbor, an educational food drive initiative designed to encourage healthier food donations to food pantries throughout the year, by providing shoppers with food donation bags and healthy shopping lists designed to provide donors with assistance in selecting nutritious options while they shop. Eat Smart New York will also put together pre-packaged shopping bags filled with healthy foods that customers can purchase to support the food drive, taking the guess work out of giving.
“We are honored to partner with Catholic Charites, Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley and Cornell Cooperative Extension on several healthy food drive events,” said Tom Urtz, vice president of operations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “Food insecurity continues to be a major issue within the communities we serve, and our ShopRite family is proud to do our part to help our neighbors in need. Thanks to the support of our generous employees, customers and partners, we hope we can continue to make a difference in the fight against hunger.”
The 2018 campaign will officially kick off at ShopRite of Greenway Plaza, located at 25 – 43 Prospect Street in Yonkers, on Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m., where representatives of ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and Cornell Cooperative Extension will be joined by local dignitaries to launch the initiative.
“We are grateful to ShopRite and their customers for their continued generosity in support of the Feeding Our Neighbors food drive,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “The donations come at a time when food pantries are struggling to keep their shelves stocked and clients fed. Both the food collected and the funds raised will go a long way in helping local food pantries and soup kitchens replenish their inventory and feed our hungry neighbors. Working together, we’re able to make a much-needed difference in our communities.”
In 2017, Feeding Our Neighbors raised the equivalent of more than 1.5 million meals, supported in large part by $92,000 in cash donations and nearly 23,000 pounds of food collected at ShopRite locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Catholic Charities, in partnership with ShopRite, aims to surpass those results in 2018 to feed the hungry across New York.
“There is a definite gap in food pantry inventory, creating a system-wide change for food donations is a tall order,” stated Stefanie Hubert, Project Director of Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley. “However, with the support and collaboration of ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., our neighbors will have the ability to obtain healthier foods that otherwise may not be available to them. This is just one spoke in the wheel of Eat Smart New York’s multifaceted approach to obesity prevention.”
The Nourish Your Neighbor campaign is part of a wider effort by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Eat Smart New York to effect positive change – such as more nutritious offerings – at local food pantries.