Wakefern Food Corp. has a legacy of commitment to the community that spans its 68 years in operation.
The focus of Wakefern’s support over the years has included issues of hunger and the effects of poverty; health and wellness;
Fighting hunger has always been at the forefront of Wakefern’s commitment of giving back to the community. A long-time supporter of regional food banks, Wakefern provides them with in-kind donations, associate volunteers and financial support through the ShopRite Partners in Caring program,
a community-based hunger fighting initiative.
Through its Partners in Training
program, Wakefern assists the underemployed by providing training for entry-level positions in the supermarket industry. In 2006, Partners in Training received the Food Marketing Institute’s “Maximizing People Potential Award
.” The MAXX Award is presented annually to a retailer or wholesaler to recognize programs and initiatives that improve employee performance or advance a key business goal.
Wakefern’s community outreach
also includes annual sponsorship of the Special Olympics of New Jersey
. For 27 years, Wakefern has provided logistical support, food donations and volunteer staff for the Special Olympics of New Jersey games. In 2014, a record 700 Wakefern associates – along with their families – volunteered to support the athletes and the 10,000 + spectators and family members who came to cheer them on.
In 2014, the company also served as a Founding Partner of the Special Olympics USA Games,
which took place in New Jersey for the first time. As a founding partner, Wakefern provided food and beverages for thousands of Special Olympics athletes, who traveled from all 50 states, along with their friends, coaches and families. Wakefern’s contributions to the community
also extend to many additional organizations, institutions and charities, including annual sponsorship of several Susan G Komen Race for the Cure®
events; support of programs dedicated to the care and education of children, such as the Embrace Kids Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; and financial assistance to teaching institutions and local area hospitals, such as St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ and Trinitas Regional Medical Center
in Elizabeth, NJ.