WEST CALDWELL, NJ — In recognition of the West Caldwell ShopRite’s effort to help shoppers make informed food choices while meal planning for their families, Mayor Joe Tempesta recently presented in-store dietitian Evelyn Minolfo and Sunrise ShopRite President Dara Sblendorio with a special certificate officially proclaiming March as National Nutrition Month in the Township of West Caldwell.

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition to partnering with dozens of government agencies to officially designate March as National Nutrition Mont, ShopRite’s dietitians also host in-store and community events throughout the month.

The Township of West Caldwell encourages residents to celebrate the start of spring by doing some spring-cleaning in their own kitchens to reduce clutter and make room for healthy meals and snacks.  

Natalie Menza-Crowe, Director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite, offered the following tips on how to approach a pantry overhaul this season:

  • Take stock. A good first step of any reorganization is to take inventory. Clear a space and move everything from your pantry so you can see what you have.
  • Check expiration dates. Discard items past their expiration date to make room for newer items.
  • Store similar products together. Organize in a way that makes sense to you. For example, have a shelf for canned items, and pair all the beans together by type. Similarly, nuts and seeds, dried pastas, dried fruits, broths, and prepared soups can be categorized.
  • Organize with health in mind. Place nutritious snacks at eye level, so that everyone sees them right away when opening the pantry. This makes a healthy choice an easy one.
  • Create a “grab and go” section. This is a great place for ready-to-eat foods that are convenient for kids to grab after school or on the way to their next activity.