Story by Lon Tytell
ShopRite of Warwick celebrated the unveiling of a special edition Cheerios box on Mon., Mar. 6. Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Warwick Village Mayor Michael Newhard, members of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley joined corporate and local ShopRite and General Mills officials to reveal the box which features a photo in the upper left corner of two Warwick ShopRite employees, Holly Rudinski and Kayla Frisenda.
Rudinski, a cashier, raised the most money at her register during the ShopRite Partner in Caring Cheerios contest. The theme of the contest was “Fighting hunger from the heart – Together we can make a difference.” Frisenda is the evening front end manager in Warwick and she spearheaded the campaign.
During the last two weeks in August and the first thee weeks in September 2016, ShopRite of Warwick raised $11,350 for the campaign. Associates working for ShopRite stores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania collected donations at the checkout raising 1.4 million dollars to support regional food banks in communities served by ShopRite stores.
Steven Hildner, corporate community relations advocate for ShopRite, served as the emcee for the event. He shared that since 1999, $43 million has been donated to local food banks through the ShopRite Partners in Caring Program.
Store Manager, Bernie McGoldrick said, “These ladies are a prime reason that the Warwick store was in the top 15 fundraisers in the 40 Wakefern stores that participated in the competition sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills.”
McGoldrick presented a check to Glenn P. Dickes, the director of the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, from the fundraiser’s proceeds. Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton thanked ShopRite for their support of non-profit organizations in the Town of Warwick.
Village Mayor Michael Newhard said, “ShopRite is the store of champions. You have been a friend in fighting hunger and helping the community throughout the year. We appreciated your recent help in Warwick’s celebration of Apple Eve.”
To close the ceremony, a cake with the inscription “ShopRite Partner in Caring” was cut and served to all.