ShopRite and Phillies Team Up for Fifth Annual Food Drive

June 6th pre-game event to benefit Philabundance; Free prizes, buy one get one free Phillies tickets, and giveaways for fans who donate food

ShopRite and the Phillies announced today that they will host the Fifth Annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive to benefit Philabundance at the Saturday, June 6th Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants game at Citizens Bank Park. Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation to the ShopRite Can Can truck parked on Citizens Bank Way between 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. will receive a FREE ShopRite re-usable grocery bag while supplies last, as well as Buy One Get One Free Phillies Tickets, courtesy of ShopRite. Fans can also drop off their donations in Philabundance bins located at any Citizens Bank Park entrance gate. 

The event is open to the public. Game tickets are not required to access the ShopRite Partners In Caring food drive on Citizens Bank Way.

ShopRite hopes to collect more than 10,000 pounds of food to benefit those in need in the Delaware Valley. 

Additional highlights of the day's events include:

  • ShopRite Can Can dancing with the Phillies Ballgirls;
  • Fun events for kids of all ages, including the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels;
  • A chance to win tickets to the upcoming "ShopRite Back-to-School Giveaway Night" at the Sunday, August 30th Phillies vs. San Diego Padres game;
  • Food sampling and giveaways, while supplies last;
  • 2:00 p.m. appearances* by the Phillies Phanatic, Greg "The Bull" Luzinski and Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams;
  • Buy one get one free Phillies tickets for those who donate food, compliments of ShopRite.

ShopRite is a proud sponsor of the Phillies and a longtime friend to Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite donates more than $3 million annually to food banks, such as Philabundance, throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

ShopRite is also one of the many Phillies partners taking part in the Phans Feeding Families summer-long initiative, aimed to help raise money and collect food to feed the nearly one million people in the Delaware Valley that are at risk of hunger each year. This year's food drive will mark the first of many Phans Feeding Families events for the 2014 season. For more information, please visit www.phillies.com/feedingfamilies.

"We are honored to once again partner with the Phillies to collect food donations that will help keep the food bank stocked," said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring. "Through ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite has donated more than $2 million to Philabundance since the program began in 1999 and events like these help us raise awareness of the issue of hunger in our community."

"We are so grateful to ShopRite for its partnership, generosity and support to help us hit hunger out of the park through initiatives such as Phans Feeding Families. This is the fifth year of this important food drive that helps feed our neighbors - and their children - in need," said Susan Fink, Chief Development Officer of Philabundance. "Like other food banks across the country, Philabundance is experiencing a food shortage. And, unfortunately, the summer brings even higher demand as more than 300,000 children in the Delaware Valley rely on school meals, which is why ShopRite's efforts are more important than ever."

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About ShopRite

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 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $37 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA's ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

About Philabundance

Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through neighborhood distribution programs and a network of approximately 400 member agencies. Philabundance serves more than 75,000 people per week in nine counties in PA and NJ. In 2013, Philabundance distributed nearly 30 million pounds of food to help feed those in need. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.