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ShopRite and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team will host a “ShopRite Partners In Caring” food drive to benefit Delware Valley anti-hunger organization Philabundance at the Sunday, July 10 Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves game at Citizens Bank Park. Fans who bring a nonperishable food item to the ShopRite Can Can 40th Anniversary truck parked on Citizens Bank Way between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will get a free ShopRite reusable grocery bag, while supplies last. Fans can also place donations in Philabundance bins at Citizens Bank Park entrance gates.
The truck, which is decorated with the famous ShopRite Can Can dancers, will also carry ShopRite’s matching donation to Philabundance of more than 4,000 cans of food.
Additional event highlights will include a live 98.1 WOGL broadcast with “The Breakfast Club” hosts Valerie Knight and Frank Lewis; ShopRite Can Can dancing with the Phillies Ball Girls; the chance to meet ShopRite’s Potluck bloggers, who’ll be blogging and tweeting live from the event; the opportunity to win tickets to ShopRite Day at the Phillies on Sunday, Aug. 28; food sampling and giveaways, while supplies last; and scheduled special appearances by the Phillies Phanatic mascot and team legend Greg Luzinksi. The event is open to the public, with no game tickets needed to attend the food drive.
Through ShopRite Partners In Caring, the banner donates more than $2 million annually to food banks, including Philabundance, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland. ShopRite is also one of many Phillies partners participating in the “Phans Feeding Families” monthlong initiative, which has the goal of helping to raise money and collect food to feed the 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk of hunger annually.
“Fighting hunger lies at the very heart of the ShopRite Partners In Caring program, and we have enjoyed a long partnership with Philabundance, helping them to feed those in need throughout the Philadelphia region,” noted program spokeswoman Chris Magyarits.“Extending that partnership to include the Phillies with this event is a fun way to engage our customers in the cause and to bring awareness to the issue of hunger to the Philadelphia community.”
“Grocery bills tend to go up during summer months when the children are home, which poses a challenge for many families,” said Marianne Lynch, director of development for Philadelphia-based Philabundance. “ShopRite Partners In Caring’s tailgate and food drive come at a critical time and will benefit the many families struggling right now in the Delaware Valley.”
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp., the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 230 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than 5 million customers weekly.