BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Yes, you saw correctly!  That was Mayor Michael Venezia bagging groceries Friday afternoon at Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield.  It was all part of ShopRite’s Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” annual initiative during National Hunger Action Month.

This year, Brookdale ShopRite owner Neil Greenstein donated 50% of value of every item bagged.  Second-Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow and Councilwoman-At-Large Wartyna Davis also participated in the event, assisting with bagging,

“This is a great event that Neil and Brookdale ShopRite host,” said Mayor Venezia.  “This is my fifth year doing it.  I love coming here to see all the people while helping to raise money for a worthy cause.”

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Venezia was stationed behind the cashier on aisle ten, while Joanow and Davis worked aisle nine.  At the end of their hour-long shift from 2 to 3 pm, Venezia, Joanow and Davis raised funds to help feed those suffering from food insecurity.

“Today is a great day where we are recognizing fighting hunger within the community that we do business,” said Greenstein.  “ShopRite has raised $48 million to date and today we have Mayor Venezia, Councilman Joanow and Councilwoman Davis assisting in raising awareness for hunger.”

The annual ShopRite Partners in Caring “Help Bag Hunger” day took place in ShopRite stores across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

“As a third-generation owner of Brookdale ShopRite, we’ve been in business for 70 years in Bloomfield and one of our greatest accomplishments is always giving back to the community and raising awareness and funds within our community,” Greenstein added. 

Thursday’s charitable effort in Bloomfield exceeded last year’s total of $400.

Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners in Caring has donated $48 million to local food banks, supporting more than 2,100 charities that feed the hungry in communities served by ShopRite stores.  Partners In Caring, is a year-round, community-based program that provides funds to local food banks.

Related story from 2017: Local Leaders Raise Over $400 for Local Charities Bagging Groceries at Brookdale ShopRite