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First ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl Invitational to Benefit Local Food Banks
11/10/2009 - By Lodi, NJ

First ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl Invitational to Benefit Local Food Banks

Team New York Gobbles Up the Competition to Help Feed the Hungry this Holiday Season in First-Ever ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl

Kicking-off their annual turkey donations, ShopRite challenged representatives from New York and New Jersey's Food Banks to a little friendly competition to help raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Team New York defeated Team New Jersey in the first-ever ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl Invitational today to bring home an honorary trophy and 100 cases of turkeys for the Food Bank for New York City. In the spirit of the season, Team New Jersey was also awarded 100 cases of turkeys for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for participating in this new fall classic.

With the holidays right around the corner, families across the country anxiously await the time they'll spend with loved ones sharing a traditional holiday meal. Unfortunately, for far too many people, Thanksgiving dinner would not be possible without the assistance of local food banks and pantries. In support of their efforts to help those in need, ShopRite Partners In Caring will donate more than 35 tons of frozen turkeys to food banks throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania to help feed families in need this holiday season.

ShopRite associates and members of the Harlem Globetrotters teamed up with the Food Bank for New York City and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to see which state could "bowl" the best turkey. Hosted by the ShopRite of Lodi, Team New Jersey included Harlem Globetrotter Blenda Rodriquez, Community Food Bank of NJ Vice President of Resource Development, Phyllis Dunlop and ShopRite of Lodi store manager John Kopf. Representing Team New York was Harlem Globetrotter Bam Bam Bamiro, Food Bank for NYC Director of Business Partnerships, Tricia Rumola and ShopRite of Forest Avenue (Staten Island) store manager Ron Mowder.

Charities across the state are expecting a greater need for assistance this year. With that in mind, ShopRite Partners In Caring is set to donate more than seventy thousand pounds of turkeys. Since the inception of the turkey donation tradition eight years ago, more than 600,000 pounds of frozen turkeys have been delivered to food banks in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

"We understand the difficulties families face during the holiday season and that's why ShopRite Partners In Caring is dedicated to helping families have a traditional Thanksgiving meal they can enjoy and share with others," said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring. "This year, we are especially honored to raise awareness of the need with the help of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters and the Food Bank for New York City and Community Food of New Jersey."

The food banks receiving turkey donations from ShopRite Partners In Caring are: Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ; Mercer Street Friends in Ewing, NJ; NORWESCAP in Phillipsburg, NJ; Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties in Neptune, NJ; Community Food Bank (Southern Branch) in Egg Harbor, NJ; Foodshare in Bloomfield, CT; Connecticut Food Bank in East Haven, CT; Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, NJ; Food Bank of Hudson Valley in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; Long Island Cares in Hauppauge, NY; Food Bank for Westchester in Millwood, NY; Food Bank for NYC in Bronx, NY; Philabundance in Philadelphia, PA; 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA; Food Bank of Delaware in Newark, DE; H&J Weinberg NEPA in Wilkes Barre, PA and Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Latham, NY.

Photos: ShopRite Partners in Caring/Stuart Ramson

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