WEST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Robert Parisi, along with township officials and staff, stopped by the West Orange Shoprite on Sept. 17 to help in the Partners In Caring "Bag Hunger" initiative during the month of September.

Each September, Shoprite Supermarkets hold special events and collect money for the Partners In Caring grant program, which provides grant money to local food pantries. The Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, located at 315 Main Street, was awarded a $1,000 grant this year.

The mayor has participated in the Bag Hunger event since he was elected to office in 2010. Along with Parisi, Police Chief Jim Abbott, Fire Chief Pete Smeraldo, police officers and firemen, Township Clerk Karen Carnevale, Business Administrator Jack Sayers and township staff donned aprons to bag groceries as shoppers checked out. Shoppers were able to donate at the register to help raise money for the grant program and chat with town employees, who gave up their lunch hours to participate.

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In addition to Partners In Caring, Shoprite also provides food to the Community Food Bank in Hillside.

"We're always happy to help out," said Mayor Parisi. "It's for a good cause."