"Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a very special event at the Tornaquindici ShopRite in Bristol. For the fourth year, two employees were honored for their passion and dedication to helping those in their community who struggle with the issue of hunger, by not only members from the ShopRite Corporation, the owner and management of the store, and representatives from General Mills (the makers of Cheerios), but just as important, their fellow store team members and members of the community.
"Since 1999, when ShopRite conceived and began its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite with the help of its food company partners like General Mills, has raised $27 million. Raising help and hope for the hungry is a top priority for ShopRite associates who band together each year for a five week contest held during National Hunger Action Month in September. Sponsored each year by ShopRite and General Mills, this year’s ShopRite Partners In Caring contest raised over $1 million.
"Of the more than 240 ShopRite stores across six states, each of the 45 winning stores selected two associates , chosen by their peers, to be featured on a special-edition Cheerios box to be sold exclusively at ShopRite stores during the month of March [pictured from left to right– Jon Murphy(store manager), Bonnie Selander (honoree), Krystle Laprise (honoree), and Paul Tornaquindici, (owner)]. In addition each store was awarded $500 to donate to a hunger fighting charity of their choice. This was the fourth year that the Bristol store was recognized and the Tornaquindici ShopRites are the only ShopRites in Connecticut to receive this recognition.
"Thank you for your passion and your commitment to improving the lives of our many neighbors who struggle with hunger every day!"