Health & Wellness

West Orange ShopRite Says 'Cheese' For Local Food Pantry

Andrew Cumming. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Lachell Miller, nutritionist for the West Orange Shoprite; Cabot Cheese rep; Cynthia Cumming, HT-WO Food Pantry; Cabot Cheese rep; Dr. Josie Velez. Credits: Evan Cumming
Dr. Josie Velez. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange ShopRite, located at 1 Rooney Circle, played host on Saturday, May 31 to the Cabot Creamery Cooperative "Pedal for Good" challenge, featuring a human-powered blender bike and a contest to win cheese for local food pantries.

A total of seven ShopRite stores are participating in the challenge, which began on April 26 in Cedar Knolls and will end June 14 in Hillsborough. Customers and ShopRite employees joined in to log as many miles on the bike in a four hour span, with the winning store receiving 200 pounds of Cabot cheddar cheese for their local food pantry.

Cabot Marketing Manager Karen Houchens said, “Cabot will donate 200 pounds of cheddar cheese to the winning store’s food pantry of choice and the other six stores will each win 50 pounds of Cabot Cheddar for the food pantries of their choice."

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It’s a win-win event for everyone involved and a fun way for ShopRite customers to help provide local food pantries with much-needed dairy products.” Cabot cheddar cheeses are also lactose-free and gluten-free.

In addition to distributing cheese samples, the "blender bike" whipped up several batches of fruit smoothies which were enjoyed by all. On hand to support the event were Dr. Josie Velez, a leading West Orange nutritionist and a West Orange Public Relations Commissioner, and Cynthia Cumming, Food Pantry Administrator at the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, a member of the ShopRite's Partners in Caring program and recipient of the cheese.

"Our members love to get special items at the food pantry," noted Cumming. "They will be thrilled to get some cheese."

For more information on Cabot Creamery Cooperative, visit their website at

For more information on Shoprite and their Partners In Caring program, go to:






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