CFBNJ President Carlos Rodriguez Took the Ice to Spotlight Hunger in New Jersey
Newark, NJ (November 8, 2022)- Stop & Shop donated 1,500 Thanksgiving turkeys to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The donation was part of Stop & Shop’s annual Turkey Express program which provides more than 25,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations across the supermarket’s footprint. The issue of food insecurity across the Garden State was highlighted during the second intermission of an NHL game played between the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames on Tuesday, November 8th at the Prudential Center Arena, when Community FoodBank of New Jersey President Carlos Rodriguez took part in the Stop & Shop Shoot-Out, attempting a center ice shot to secure the donation, but ultimately putting the spotlight on hunger in New Jersey.
“Stop & Shop’s 1,500 donated Thanksgiving turkeys have been in the CFBNJ freezer for weeks,” said Stefanie Shuman, External Communications Manager for Stop & Shop. “But we still wanted to put Carlos on ice - as the true goal was to shine the spotlight on hunger in New Jersey and encourage fans to help if they are able. We are grateful for partners like the Devils who share our commitment to support CFBNJ.”
“Taking the ice at a Devils game was definitely a first for me, but I was honored to have the opportunity to shed light on hunger in New Jersey and the need for public support," said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "At CFBNJ, we're grateful for the steadfast commitment of partners like Stop & Shop and the New Jersey Devils - during the holidays and all year long."
As the official supermarket of the NJ Devils, Stop & Shop’s donation spotlighted the increased need Community FoodBank of New Jersey is facing going into the holiday season:
More than 650- thousand New Jersey residents (1 in 13) are food insecure.
More than 175- thousand Children in New Jersey (1 in 11) are food insecure.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributed over 85 million meals last year.
Almost 34%of all food distributed was fresh produce.
In New Jersey, Black and Latino residents experience food insecurity at more than five and a half times the rate of white residents.
“Food insecurity, especially as we approach the holiday months, is a serious concern for those in our community that we all need to work together to combat,” said Jake Reynolds, President, New Jersey Devils & Prudential Center. “The work of Stop & Shop and Community FoodBank of New Jersey in this sphere has never been more important, and it is our responsibility to use our platforms to draw awareness and contribute to this communal need.”
In addition to the turkey donation, Stop & Shop also supports the Community FoodBank of New Jersey at each Devils home game through its Community Assist program. For every home game assist tallied by the Devils in a season, Stop & Shop donates 150 meals to CFBNH. Last season, the Devils had 216 home game assists, which meant a donation of 32,400 meals to the Food Bank.
To learn more about Stop & Shop’s efforts to support hunger relief and give back to the communities it serves, please visit https://stopandshop.com/pages/our-purpose.
About Stop & Shop
A neighborhood grocer for more than 100 years, Stop & Shop offers a wide assortment with a focus on fresh, healthy options at a great value. Stop & Shop's GO Rewards loyalty program delivers personalized offers and allows customers to earn points that can be redeemed for gas or groceries every time they shop. Stop & Shop customers can choose how and where they want to shop - whether in-store or online for delivery or same day pickup. The company is committed to making an impact in its communities by fighting hunger, supporting our troops, and investing in pediatric cancer research to help find a cure. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA Company and employs 58,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.