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Local ShopRite aims to fight hunger

By Jennifer Vazquez

Observer Correspondent

LYNDHURST –

Lyndhurst’s ShopRite hosted “Help Bag Hunger” last Wednesday, Sept. 19. Everyone in surrounding communities were invited to bag groceries for an hour to bring awareness to the fight against hunger.

The event was part of Shop- Rite Partners in Caring and brought out Mayor Robert Giangeruso – helping to further heighten awareness about the cause.

The union between Shop- Rite and General Mills began in 1999 and has since raised a great deal of money to help local food pantries.

“Our goal is to raise enough money to help out as many people as possible who visit a local food pantry,” Lyndhurst’s ShopRite Manager Bill Petsch said. “ShopRite and General Mills partnered up in this effort. It’s goal to work together to help the less fortunate.”

ShopRite Partners in Caring began this past Aug. 26 and will run until Sept. 29. During this time, those who buy at ShopRite will be asked by a cashier, when buying their groceries, if they would like to donate a minimum of a dollar towards the cause.

While that is the main activity during this month, there are many other events scheduled to raise money for those in hunger.

“We’ve had hot dog stands, where customers can buy hotdogs and a drink,” Petsch said. “All proceeds will go directly (to the campaign).”

After the month-long fundraiser, ShopRite of Lyndhurst will donate their proceeds to a food bank – as will all other ShopRite stores participating.

Since Partners in Caring will officially end towards the end of this month, Petsch and the Lyndhurst ShopRite family plan to chose a local food bank by the early days of October. By the looks of the amount of donations, thus far, Petsch expects a great outcome.

“I believe this is our greatest year so far.”

He also stressed his gratitude towards Giangeruso and the participating costumers, who selflessly donate and support the cause.

“It is much appreciated,” Petsch added. “The generosity of our customers has been incredible.”

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