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Local 'Celebrities' Bag Groceries for Charity Today

See Mayor Don Brauckmann, Public Safety Director Michael King and Lt. Tim Young help ShopRite's Partners In Caring initiative to help fight hunger.

Some familiar faces will be bagging groceries tomorrow at ShopRite in Cinnaminson, as several local dignitaries—including Mayor Don Brauckmann—will participate in ShopRite Partners In Caring Day.

More than 200 ShopRite stores in six states are trying to raise $1.5 million to help fight hunger in honor of September’s National Hunger Action Month. Local “celebrities” will be bagging groceries and accepting monetary donations that will buy food for community food banks and food pantries.

“Hunger is a real problem,” said Orien Reid, ShopRite spokeswoman. “It’s a problem that affects us all.”

Partners In Caring, a hunger-fighting initiative, has been in effective for about six years and since its inception, about $29 million has been donated to 1,700 agencies that help fight hunger.

The goal of this year’s six-week campaign is to raise $1.5 million.

“Having the dignitaries there draws attention to the whole issue of hunger in our community, so that’s why we ask them to give us an hour of their time to do this,” Reid said.

Public Safety Director Michael King, Lt. Tim Young and Mayor Brauckmann will be the Cinnaminson representatives today bagging groceries and collecting donations at ShopRite. Beverly Public Safety Director Ken Gerber, Riverton Mayor Bill Brown and Riverton Police Chief John Shaw are also scheduled to participate.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the weeks leading up to today, checkout cashiers asked customers to donate Partners in Caring.

“So many people hear about people who are hungry,” Reid said. “There’s so many people in our own community. They could be your next door neighbors.”

Reid hopes this event—and others throughout the year—teaches people that hunger is a real problem.

“It’s a problem that affects us all,” she said. “My hope is that people will learn a lot more about hunger and they will support the food banks that are the lifelines of people who are in need in our community.”

FbS September 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Great idea.. I am gonna buy ALL the 25 lb frozen turkeys and go into Don's line :):) Serious. This is a fun and effective idea.. Nice going
Richard Cranium September 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Celebrities??? Seriously? WAFJ
tomas September 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
not celebrities, 'Celebrities'.
Cinnacide September 19, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Even though no one will know who these people are, it's a pretty good idea.
FbS September 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I will know them :) If you were involved with your township you would too :)
Dominic September 19, 2012 at 02:36 PM
This has been done over the years in Cinnaminson, but as far as 'Celebrities' are you serious????
agent itchy September 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
great idea: how 'bout encouraging reusable bags with the $.05 cent saved by not using plastic going to charity? at Whole Foods, they credit you on your reusable bag then ask you if you want your savings to go to a children's program.
Jerry September 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
"Celebrities", that sums it up completely. Let's go see how many township vehicles are at SR. They're having a blast, our little celebrities. From Wiki: "A celebrity is a person who has a prominent profile and commands a great degree of public fascination and influence in day-to-day media. The term is synonymous with wealth (commonly denoted as a person with fame and fortune), implied with great popular appeal, prominence in a particular field, and is easily recognized by the general public." Hmmmppppffffff....
Christina Paciolla (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I think—I hope—we can all agree the word "celebrities" is used for fun and tongue-in-cheek for this fundraising event.
Beau September 19, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@ Christina (and Frank), events such as these have been in place for years. Frank, if you were involved with your Township perhaps you would know this. It was a great idea many years ago, now it's a good tradition. Patch is a great place to find local news, but when Patch wasn't around, some just never heard what was going on. Thanks to Patch, we are now more informed, but perhaps a little history on traditions would be nice.
FbS September 19, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Did I say these type of things were not going on for years? no..
Michael Makinson September 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Kudos though to all involved and to all who support this great cause. As for those who must find something negative to say about everything, well, I'll just leave it at that.
Ric September 20, 2012 at 01:31 AM
@Chilly. I bet that the plastic packaging of one frozen meal or Ramen noodle meal is more than the amount of plastic used for a month's worth of groceries. Why aren't you complaining about them? I'll continue getting plastic bags and I will recycle them at Shoprite. Wal-Mart, in case anyone did not know, no longer recycles plastic bags. I rarely buy any frozen or Ramen meals.

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