Always willing to support a good cause, Shannon and I have decided that the Cooking With Friends Club will participate in the “Blog it Forward to Fight Hunger” initiative being led by Shoprite in conjunction with General Mills. As our members and readers, you can show your support by posting a comment on our blog. General Mills and ShopRite will donate one box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area for each of the first 30 people who comment. How’s that for bang for the buck!
Please read on to see what it’s all about.
Let me start by saying how much I like my local ShopRite, which is 100% committed to our community. They consistently show their support by donating year after year to our school bake sales, often with hundreds of cupcakes. Their food is fresh, the prices are reasonable and the stores are consistently clean.
Here are some hard-to-fathom facts about hunger:
More than 36 million Americans go to bed hungry every night — 12 million of them children. Right in my home state of NJ, 7.7% of the population doesn’t know when their next meal will be. This condition, sometimes called “food insecurity,” affects 2 million elderly people as well. It causes weakened immune systems, depression and can impede development.
Ten years ago, ShopRite created a fantastic program called ShopRite Partners in Caring. ShopRite customers have an opportunity to donate by purchasing products that have Partners in Caring tags. When they do so, they are supporting a product (and company) that is fighting hunger by donating some of the proceeds to this program. More than fifty manufacturers support ShopRite’s program. Since 1999, more than $20 million dollars has been donated to various organizations in need, including 23 food banks and 1,400 charitable agencies.
If you live in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania or Maryland, you can help by shopping at ShopRite and purchasing items with the “Shoprite Partners in Caring” store tag.
Regardless of where you live, please post your support of such a program in the comments section of this blog entry. General Mills and ShopRite will donate a box of Cheerios to a local food bank for each of the first 30 people to post a comment.