Local officials help raise awareness of hunger

Shop­Rite Part­ners in Caring Day: The 7th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Rich­ie Si­mon bags gro­cer­ies at Shop­Rite on Sept. 18.

Rich­ie Si­mon, the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, on Sept. 18 helped bag gro­cer­ies at the Shop­Rite at 11000 Roosevelt Blvd. to help raise aware­ness of hun­ger and to raise funds to fill shelves at com­munity food banks. Gov. Tom Corbett and the gov­ernors of New Jer­sey, New York, Con­necti­c­ut, Delaware and Mary­land had de­clared Sept. 18 “Shop­Rite Part­ners In Caring Day.” City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh and state Reps. Kev­in and Brendan Boyle par­ti­cip­ated at oth­er North­east Philly Shop­Rites. Shop­Rite Part­ners in Caring has donated $30 mil­lion to loc­al food banks that sup­port more than 1,700 char­it­ies with food as­sist­ance throughout the North­east United States.

There also was a “best bag­ger” com­pet­i­tion at the Mor­rell Plaza store and the Boulevard store. Sam­antha Pawloski of the Boulevard store and Cam­i­elle Aus­borne of the Mor­rell Plaza store will now com­pete at a state level and, if vic­tori­ous, in Las Ve­gas for the Na­tion­al Gro­cers As­so­ci­ation fi­nals. The na­tion­al win­ner is usu­ally chal­lenged by Dav­id Let­ter­man, a one-time gro­cery store bag­ger, to com­pete on the Late Show. In hon­or of their win, the McMe­nam­in Fam­ily Shop­Rite will make a $100 dona­tion to the Somer­ton In­ter­faith Food Bank and Holy Re­deem­er Home Health.  ••

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