City officials joined representatives of Inserra Shop-Rite of Bayonne to observe Help Bag Hunger Day.
Each year, on the third Wednesday of September, ShopRite stores throughout the Northeast celebrate Help Bag Hunger Day. This store-wide event invites local dignitaries in the surrounding community to join ShopRite associates in a day of bagging groceries at cash registers.
On hand were City Council Member Juan Perez, Mayor Jimmy Davis, Third Ward Council Member Gary LaPelusa, Shop-Rite Manager Doug McDaniell, and Angela Lorenc, a Shop-Rite Bookkeeper and Courtesy Counter Representative.
Inserra Shop-Rite of Bayonne has also sponsored a food drive to benefit the Bayonne Food Bank, and offered $1,000 worth of nonperishable food to help people in need. The effort for the food drive is part of Shop-Rite’s Partners in Caring program.
The drive is running through Sept. 18 at the Shop-Rite at 26th Street and Avenue C.
A greater need for groceries
“The Coronavirus and the 2020 recession have caused unemployment across America and here in Bayonne,” Davis said. “As a result, many people need help getting enough food for their families.”
That’s why City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and City Business Administrator Melissa Mathews organized the Bayonne Food Bank in coordination with the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) earlier this year. The food bank conducts frequent food distributions.
The Bayonne Food Bank receives some assistance from federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The food drive to benefit the Food Bank features a dropoff area at the store. Inserra Shop-Rite asks customers to purchase nonperishable food items or gift cards for the Bayonne Food Bank’s pantry.
Customers can drop off cards and food items in what Inserra calls “a safe and socially distanced setting” at the Bayonne Shop-Rite, according to Davis.
Nonperishable items include, but are not limited to: canned tuna fish;
canned or boxed pasta; pasta sauce; canned vegetables; canned fruits; pudding cups; 100 percent fruit boxes; boxed cereal; oatmeal; breakfast bars; nonperishable macaroni and cheese; chunky soups; peanut butter; jelly; rice; and canned beans.
“That food drive will provide a great opportunity for our residents to help our neighbors in need,” Davis said. “During this time of economic distress, the Bayonne Food Bank and other food pantries need the community’s help more than ever. I would like to thank the people of Bayonne for their generous support.”
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