BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Mayor Michael Venezia will bag groceries today at the Brookdale ShopRite at 2 p.m. as a part of the ShopRite Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” project during National Hunger Action Month. Brookdale ShopRite owner Neil Greenstein donated 20% of value of every item bagged.

Last year Venezia bagged on aisle nine, and Joanow worked aisle ten as customers lined up knowing that a portion of everything that was rung up in those aisles would go to help those in need. By the end of their hour shift, Venezia and Joanow raised over $400 to help feed those suffering from food insecurity.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Brookdale ShopRite today (Friday Sept 21). Venezia and another local dignitary will be bagging groceries from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Announcements will be made over the store's public address system reminding shoppers to head for the aisles with the mayor. 

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The annual ShopRite Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” day takes place in ShopRite stores across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to local food banks, supporting more than 2,100 charities that feed the hungry in communities served by ShopRite stores. ShopRite Partners In Caring, is a a year-round, community based program that provides funds to local food banks. 

Photos are from the 2017 "Help Bag Hunger" event.