Wakefern Food Corp., ShopRite sponsor 2024 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games

Nearly 500 ShopRite and Keasbey-based Wakefern Food Corp. team members and their families volunteered at the 2024 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games recently at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. ShopRite and Wakefern have been proud sponsors of Special Olympics New Jersey for more than 30 years, providing meals, activities and volunteer contributions each year.

“It is an honor to work with Special Olympics New Jersey, an organization that supports incredibly talented athletes and inspires us all,” Mike Stigers, president of Wakefern Food Corp., the retailer-owned cooperative and logistics and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores, said. “The Summer Games are an annual tradition that our team members look forward to volunteering at each June and we are grateful for the opportunity to make an impact.”

Stigers joined Wakefern team members and their families, who were assisting with events, preparing lunches and providing snacks, giveaways and games for the athletes to enjoy during their downtime.

Wakefern supplied the athletes, their families and volunteers with approximately 10,000 meals during the weekend.

Special Olympics New Jersey kicked off June 7 with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics program. The run stops at more than 40 ShopRite supermarkets throughout the state, where ShopRite provides water, ice and fresh fruit for the participants.

Wakefern and ShopRite are committed to giving back to the communities they serve through volunteerism, food donations, sustainability programs and more.