Holiday Season Will be Just a Little Brighter for 250 Families in Need in Northwest New Jersey
Press Release – PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (DECEMBER 20, 2018) – Some families have a simple request for the holidays – a holiday meal. The season can present extra hardship for those in need, and many often don’t know where their next meal – especially a holiday meal — is coming from.
NORWESCAP and ShopRite want to help ease that burden for people in need in Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties.
A nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to over 30,000 low-income individuals and families annually, NORWESCAP has partnered with ShopRite for a “Holiday Meal Giveaway” initiative. The joint effort means a full holiday meal will be provided to over 250 deserving families. Donated meals will include a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and other traditional side dishes. Volunteers from both organizations will distribute meals to recipients who participate in three NORWESCAP programs: NORWESCAP’s Head Start/Early Head Start programs in Warren County, ‘Pathways to Prosperity’ in Sussex County and ‘Career Transition Center for Women’ in Hunterdon County.
“While many of us are looking forward this year to celebrating our good fortune with friends and family, things are often very different for so many of NORWESCAP’s clients,” said Mark Valli, CEO of NORWESCAP. “There is a huge need in the communities we serve, especially during the holidays as requests for food go up significantly. Thanks to our partnership with ShopRite on the Holiday Meal Giveaway initiative, we are able to reach over 250 families and individuals who otherwise might go hungry this holiday. ShopRite is always eager to help its local communities whether it be through donations or direct volunteer action. We truly appreciate their willingness to help provide a delicious meal to those who need it the most this holiday season.”
ShopRite stores, many of which are family-owned and operated, are committed to helping neighbors in need. Over the last two decades, ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite’s hunger-fighting initiative, has donated $48 million to partners such as soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior centers, and other organizations that are on the front lines of fighting hunger in the community.
ShopRite stores and NORWESCAP have a long history of working together to feed the hungry in northwest New Jersey. ShopRite helps raise funds for NORWESCAP’s Food Bank through an annual 5K run, its ‘Check Out for Hunger’ campaign and by sponsoring other events and activities.
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 276 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million 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 $48 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 $32 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.
NORWESCAP provides vital services to over 30,000 individuals and families in need in northwest New Jersey. Our footprint extends to Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, as well as Warren counties. Our programs include strategies that address the critical areas of education, health and wellness, employment, housing, volunteerism and financial capacity building. Since our inception, we have been dedicated to achieving the mission of creating opportunities to transform lives through innovative programs and partnerships. For more information, please visit www.norwescap.org