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    N.J. ShopRites Honored by EPA

    Ravitz family has undertaken waste reduction, food recovery efforts

    The Ravitz family (l.-r.) Jason, Brett, Ron, Steve and Shawn

    Supermarket of Cherry Hill Inc., a family-owned business operating five ShopRite stores in southern New Jersey, has garnered recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s efforts in food recovery and waste reduction. All of the Ravitz family’s ShopRite locations received EPA certificates of achievement for significantly decreasing waste destined for landfills.

    Earlier this year, Supermarkets of Cherry Hill joined the EPA’s “Food Recovery Challenge,” a program encouraging organizations to reduce, donate and recycle excess food to feed needy families, protect the environment and save money.

    “Partnering with the EPA to reduce our environmental impact and simultaneously help our neighbors in need sets a new standard for all our stores as we continue to look for new ways to better serve our customers,” said Jason Ravitz, VP of retail operations for Supermarkets of Cherry Hill Inc. (The company's Shawn, at left, and Brett Ravitz are pictured at right).

    Taking Action

    “By reducing the amount of food waste headed toward landfills and incinerators, businesses like the Supermarkets of Cherry Hill are taking action to reduce their environmental impact,” added EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “EPA urges other businesses and communities to follow Supermarkets of Cherry Hill’s lead to ‘feed people and not landfills’ by joining EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.”

    The Ravitz family owns and operates three ShopRites in Burlington County and two in Camden County. In 2015, the company plans to open a sixth store, in Camden, N.J.

    ShopRite is the registered trademark of Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp. Consisting of more than 250 supermarkets throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, the banner serves more than 6 million customers each week.

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