NEW YORK, NY — ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. (SRS), owner and operator of 34 stores throughout New York and New Jersey, today announced that its ninth annual Veterans Fundraising Campaign will kick off just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, on Friday, May 26, and will run through July 15. Donations will be collected at ShopRite stores throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital Regions in New York, along with three New Jersey ShopRite stores, to benefit several local veterans’ organizations within the communities its stores serve.
The success of the annual SRS Veterans Fundraising Campaign relies on the collaborative efforts and generosity of ShopRite customers, store associates and vendors. In addition to donations collected at checkout, stores raise additional funds by organizing events including 5K runs and walks, food drives, raffles and more. In 2016, ShopRite raised $765,000 to benefit local veterans’ organizations, and has raised more than $2.8 million since the campaign’s 2009 inception.
“We are thrilled to announce our ninth campaign to support local veterans’ organizations throughout our communities,” said Tom Urtz, vice president of operations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “Giving back to our local communities is extremely important to us, and we are especially proud of the funds raised by our annual veterans campaign, as it allows us to say thank you to those who have served our country and selflessly given so much. We are grateful for the generosity of our great customers and dedicated associates who help make each campaign a success, and we look forward to continuing that trend for years to come.”
The 2017 campaign will benefit local veterans’ organizations including, but not limited to:
Tower of Hope – Funds training and care for expertly trained service dogs and pairs those dogs with disabled veterans in need of physical and psychological support.
Committee for the Families of War Veterans – A not-for-profit organization based in the Hudson Valley area that raises funds for returning veterans, current soldiers and families of soldiers wounded or killed in combat.
Hudson Valley Honor Flight – Arranges one-day, all-expense-paid journeys for veterans that include visits to their respective war memorials.
Orange County Veterans Food Pantry – Makes weekly deliveries including a mix of perishable and non-perishable food items and household supplies to the homes of veterans.
Tri-County Council for Vietnam Era War Veterans – A not-for-profit 501c(19) organization founded in 1982 to aid and assist veterans and their families and the community at large in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer Counties, with services also extended to Columbia, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Fulton, Saratoga, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties.
Unified Military Affairs Council – UMAC’s mission is to highlight the importance of military presence in the Capital Region and ensures its long-term viability and success, providing grants to military family support groups, scholarships to children of military families and awareness and recognition programs for local military units and veterans.
The full list of ShopRite stores participating in the fundraising campaign includes: in NJ: ShopRite of Clark, ShopRite of Montague and ShopRite of Spotswood; in NY: in Albany County: ShopRite of Albany, ShopRite of Colonie and ShopRite of Slingerlands; in Columbia County: ShopRite of Hudson; in Dutchess County: ShopRite of Fishkill, ShopRite of Lagrangeville and ShopRite of Poughkeepsie; in Orange County: ShopRite of Chester, ShopRite of Dolson Ave. and ShopRite of Wallkill in Middletown, ShopRite of Monroe, ShopRite of Montgomery, ShopRite of Newburgh, ShopRite of Vails Gate, and ShopRite of Warwick; in Putnam County: ShopRite of Carmel; in Schenectady County: ShopRite of Niskayuna; in Sullivan County: ShopRite of Liberty, ShopRite of Monticello; in Ulster County: ShopRite of Ellenville, ShopRite of Kingston, and ShopRite of New Paltz; in Westchester County: ShopRite of Bedford, ShopRite of Cortlandt, ShopRite of Croton, ShopRite of New Rochelle, ShopRite of Scarsdale, ShopRite of Thornwood, ShopRite of Greenway Plaza and ShopRite of Tuckahoe Rd. in Yonkers, and ShopRite of White Plains.