Nick and Perry Sumas founded Village Super Market, Inc. in 1937. They were brothers and Greek immigrants who came to the United States in search of the “American Dream.” Neither had a formal education, but they both believed that with diligence and determination came opportunities that could only be found in this country. They cared deeply about their associates. They were proud that they were able to provide steady work for so many people, and an opportunity for the next generation to obtain a formal education as a result. In honor of these two men, the following generations of the Sumas family want to expand the opportunity for scholarship funds to more people across the company. This year we will be awarding up to forty $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate education. Once eligibility criteria is met, there will be one scholarship recipient from each of our thirty-seven stores, plus one from the PDC, one from the MFC, and one from our corporate office team. All recipients must reapply each year.
Current full or part-time employees (union or non-union) OR children or grandchildren of current employees of Village Super Market who have been employed for at least six months at the time of application.
High school seniors entering college next year or current college students.*
*The scholarship may be used at any accredited college, university or professional school in the United States.
Every year, March is proclaimed as a time to honor women’s contributions to American history, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8th. Its origins are rooted in 1980, when historians and women’s groups lobbied President Jimmy Carter to issue a Presidental Proclamation for Women’s History Week. Since then, this period of celebration has expanded to the entire month of March.
We invite our Associates to tell us about an inspirational co-worker and nominate them to be included in this post! Throughout the month of March, you can fill out a form, attach a photo, and submit a Village employee you would like to recognize. We’ll feature them in this post and in our leadership newsletter!
The day is finally here! We are joining other supermarkets and food manufacturers nationwide in celebrating the first Supermarket Employee Day. FMI–The Food Industry Association has proclaimed this day to recognize retail associates at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives. There is a commemorative day for almost everyone and everything, and now there is one JUST FOR YOU! Congratulations, it is so well deserved.
All 8,000 members of our Village family come to work each day, keep shelves stocked and provide our customers and communities with the essential food, medicine and groceries they need. You have continued to adapt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and are truly frontline heroes. Today we want to honor and celebrate the essential role you play in our communities.
Think about some of these amazing points about our industry:
Supermarkets are the backbone of our communities.
The food and grocery industry is a critical cornerstone of our society’s infrastructure.
There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone.
Supermarkets are the center of our respective communities touching every life around them.
Supermarket employees have always been frontline heroes during periods of crisis.
In the face of natural disasters – hurricanes, blizzards, fires and floods – supermarket employees keep communities going.
Supermarket employees maintain the critical pipeline of food and health supplies that sustain the health and well-being of their customers.
Supermarket employees also volunteer countless hours and contribute valuable support to community service.
Supermarket employees are helping us to stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When COVID-19 shut the rest of the world down, supermarkets stayed open.
Food retailers work with consistency so everyone else can stay socially distanced.
Supermarket employees have earned our gratitude.
Despite supply chain disruptions or work-force reductions, supermarket employees have demonstrated trojan efforts to keep communities going.
Supermarket employees have personified compassion and courage when communities have most needed to be encouraged.
Supermarket employees have redefined the term community service.
Supermarket employees are heroes.
Celebration Station: Please visit your breakrooms to safely enjoy a snack and take a selfie in the breakroom!
Photos: Show us your spirit! Take selfies or photos with your coworkers and send them directly through us on the Media Upload Center OR share them on your own social channels to show your friends and family that today is Supermarket Employee Day. Don’t forget to tag us and use the two hashtags, #supermarketheroes and #supermarketemployeeday, to join along in the conversation. We’ll be sharing these photos on our social media and on this blog post!
Ever wonder if you can do anything except slather butter on Irish Soda Bread? Wonder no more! Check out these two tasty takes on how to make the most out of this classic St. Patrick’s Day staple.
Irish Grilled Cheese
Serving 1 Sandwich
2 slices of Irish Soda bread (1/2 inch thick)
3 thin slices of cheddar cheese
4Tbl Kerrygold salted butter
3 large eggs (beaten)
On medium heat, melt all the butter
Construct the sandwich (bread, cheese, bread)
Place the sandwich in the pan with the butter and flip over so that butter gets on both sides.
Cook both sides on medium-low heat until cheese starts to melt (1 min each side)
With a spoon gently pour 1/2 the beaten eggs onto the exposed side of the sandwich top. Flip and repeat egg procedure
Cook until eggs are firm and cheese melted
Irish French Toast
.5tsp nutmeg powder
1tsp cinnamon powder
1tbl vanilla extract
3 Large eggs (beaten)
.5cu maple syrup (4oz)
1 Tbl Kerrygold salted butter (divide into 4 pieces)
4 slices of Irish Soda Bread (1/2” wide or finger width)
In a medium-size bowl, combine nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, eggs, and maple syrup. Whisk until smooth, no lumps visible.
Yields: 1 cup liquid mix
Frying the toast:
In a nonstick pan melt 1 piece of butter on high heat while simultaneously soaking 1 piece of Irish soda bread in the liquid mix, on both sides. Make sure that the egg mix is whisked before soaking so that the spices don’t settle at the bottom of the bowl. Be gentle with the bread as it tends to be brittle.
Place the soaked Irish soda bread slice into the hot pan and cook until golden brown. Approximately 1min on each side at medium/ high heat. Use a spatula to flip without breaking the toast. Repeat this process for the remaining 3 slices.
At Village, we believe that we should all be able to live and work in a society where all people have a sense of belonging. All five of our core values are intertwined with this mission: Act With Integrity, Respect For All, Care Deeply, Challenge Yourself, and Welcome To The Family. Beginning with Black History Month, and throughout the course of the year, we will continue to celebrate our differences through various religious and cultural events.
What is Black History Month?
The origins of Black History Month are rooted in the 1920s, and it came to be for two reasons: recognition and importance. The precursor to this month-long event was conceived by Carter G. Woodson, a historian and founder of The Journal of Negro History, who believed that history books and educators overlooked or even suppressed the role of black Americans. Black History Month isn’t just about celebrating the achievements and contributions of black America; it’s rooted in the idea that equality and acceptance come from mutual understanding.
Carter G. Woodson: Historian, Author, Journalist, and the father of Black History Month
It wasn’t until the 1970’s that “Black History Month” as we know it gained widespread acceptance, and Gerald Ford was the first president to recognize its importance in American culture. He called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, each American president has issued Black History Month proclamations.
SPOTLIGHT ON BLACK PIONEERS
Recently, Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker and host of the viral series “Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man”, made some great points in a video explaining some of the reasons why we celebrate Black History Month:
Additionally, we’d like to invite you to join us in these Wakefern-hosted sessions if you’re interested in learning more as we commemorate Black History Month, and we thank you for continuing to do your part in considering the experiences of others!
Guest Speaker – Richard Branton: Richard Branton, son of Wiley A. Branton a noted Civil Rights lawyer and leader, is an executive coach and leadership trainer. Richard was one of seven Black students at Georgia Tech in 1964. He went on to be one of the few black leaders in management at IBM. Listen as Mr. Branton shares his story, learn more about Black History Month and participate in a Q&A. Two sessions will be available:
Tuesday, February 16th, 1 PM – 2 PM
Thursday, February 25th, 9 PM -10 PM
Lunch & Learn – Black History & Music…A Beautiful Connection: Join us to learn about the evolution of music in the Black community and have some virtual fun. One session is available:
En Village, creemos que todos deberíamos poder vivir y trabajar en una sociedad donde todas las personas tengamos un sentido de pertenencia. Nuestros cinco valores fundamentales están entrelazados con esta misión: actuar con integridad, respetar a todos, cuidarnos con atención, desafiarnos a nosotros mismos y sentirnos como en familia. Comenzando con el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana y durante el transcurso del año, continuaremos celebrando nuestras diferencias a través de varios eventos religiosos y culturales.
¿Qué es el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana?
Los orígenes del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana tienen sus raíces en la década de 1920 y surgieron por dos razones: reconocimiento e importancia. El precursor de este evento de un mes fue Carter G. Woodson, un historiador y fundador de The Journal of Negro History, quien creía que los libros de historia y los educadores pasaron por alto o incluso suprimieron el papel de los estadounidenses negros. El Mes de la Historia Afroamericana no se trata solo de celebrar los logros y contribuciones de la América negra; tiene sus raíces en la idea de que la igualdad y la aceptación provienen del entendimiento mutuo.
Carter G. Woodson: Historiador, Escritor, Periodista y Padre del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana.
No fue hasta la década de 1970 que el “Mes de la Historia Afroamericana”, como lo conocemos, obtuvo una amplia aceptación, y Gerald Ford fue el primer presidente en reconocer su importancia en la cultura estadounidense. Hizo un llamado al público a “aprovechar la oportunidad para honrar los logros de los estadounidenses negros, a menudo descuidados, en todas las áreas de actividad a lo largo de nuestra historia”. Desde entonces, cada presidente estadounidense ha emitido proclamaciones del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana.
DESTACADOS PIONEROS DE LA HISTORIA AFROAMERICANA
Recientemente, Emmanuel Acho, ex formador de la NFL y presentador de la serie viral “Conversaciones incómodas con un hombre negro”, hizo un video donde explica algunos puntos importantes o razones por las que celebramos el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana:
Además, nos gustaría invitarlo a unirse a nosotros en estas sesiones organizadas por Wakefern si está interesado en aprender más mientras conmemoramos el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, ¡le agradecemos que continúe haciendo su parte al considerar las experiencias de los demás!
Conferencista invitado – Richard Branton: Richard Branton, hijo de Wiley A. Branton, un destacado abogado y líder de derechos civiles, es un ejecutivo y entrenador de liderazgo. Richard fue uno de los siete estudiantes negros en Georgia Tech en 1964. Pasó a ser uno de los pocos líderes negros en administración de IBM. Escuche mientras el Sr. Branton comparte su historia, aprenda más sobre el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana y participe en una sesión de preguntas y respuestas. Habrá dos sesiones disponibles:
Martes 16 de febrero, de 1PM a 2PM
Jueves 25 de febrero, de 9PM a 10PM
Almuerzo y aprendizaje – Historia y música afroamericana … Una hermosa conexión: Únase a nosotros para aprender sobre la evolución de la música en la comunidad afroamericana y diviértase virtualmente. Una sesión está disponible:
Ease your way into your loved one’s heart with these simple and delicious Valentine’s Day dinner ideas!
While some people may be going the take-out delivery route, we know that the foodie within you would rather create a wonderful, heartfelt meal at home. And if you’re wondering what are some easy Valentine’s Day dinner ideas, here are our five favorites!
Cajun Filet Mignon
2- 8oz Center-cut Filet mignon
2 Tbl Worcestershire Sauce
4 Tbl Pereg brand Cajun Seasoning – Use a brand that has a very low sodium content
Set oven to 350F
On a plate marinade the steaks in all of the Worcestershire sauce for 5 min.
Coat the steak in the Cajun spice on all sides. Gently pat and press to make it stick.
Using a non-stick pan on medium heat, sear all sides of the steak until a toasted crust has formed. Move the steak around to avoid burning, rubbing the steak on the hot pan.
On a sheet tray or oven-safe pan, put the steaks into the oven and cook to the desired temp.
Let the steak rest on a room temp surface for at least 5 min before serving.
Cilantro Lime Shrimp
1 Lb of easy-peel shrimp (16/20)
2 Large Lime (or 4 Tbl)
2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
2 Tbl Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
2 Tbl Fairway olive oil
1tsp black pepper
1tsp Chili flakes
Bamboo skewers (optional)
Cilantro lime Sauce:
Combine the Juice of the lime with all of the salt, black pepper, chili flakes, cilantro, olive oil and garlic. Combine well.
Skew 4-5 shrimp (optional)
Using a cast-iron grill pan on high, grill the shrimp until pink and grill marks are visible. Or, use a sheet pan greased with olive oil in the oven at 350F for 9-15 mins until shrimps are pink
Serve by drizzling the cilantro lime sauce over the shrimp
Using a large sauté pan melt all the butter
Add in all of the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and combine well
On medium heat add in all of the shrimp and coat well with the butter mixture
Squeeze in all of the lime juice and combine well
Cook for 15 min or until shrimp turns pink
Serve using pan juice as a drizzle
Herb Broiled Lobster Tail
2- 3oz Lobster tail
2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
2 Tbl unsalted butter (room temp or soft, not melted)
4 sprigs of fresh thyme (finely chopped)
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
.5 tsp salt
1tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 500F or broil setting
Herb butter: Combine well – all of the salt, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, garlic & butter.
Using kitchen shears, butterfly the backs of the lobster tails
Use a fork to lift the meat up and halfway out of the shell
Add 1tbl of the herb butter on top of the meat of the lobster (1/2 TBL ea)
Cook buttered lobster tail in the oven for 3 min.
Serve by melting and drizzling the balance of the herb butter over the tails.
Herb Butter NY Strip Steak
2 8oz PDA N.Y strip steaks
3 Cloves Garlic (crushed with the side of the knife)
4 Tbl unsalted butter
5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
5-6 sprigs of fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
1tsp black pepper
Combine salt and pepper and use this to season your steak on both sides
Using a very hot cast-iron pan or skillet, sear the steaks on both sides for approx. 5min each side. Do not remove steak from the pan.
Add in butter and tilt the pan to one side so that the butter gathers on the tilted side.
Add in garlic, thyme and rosemary then cook until garlic starts to turn brown. DO NOT BURN
Using a tablespoon bathe the steak with the melted garlic herb butter in the pan. If the butter stops sizzling slightly increase the heat and cook until the desired temp.
Let the steaks rest on a room temp surface for at least 10 mins before serving.
Serve topped with the warm roasted garlic herb butter that is in the pan.
Tax season has begun! We’ve started to mail out W-2 Forms; the guide below will show you how you can expect to receive them. There are three possible scenarios — find the one that applies to you to learn how you can receive your W-2 form.
SCENARIO 1: If you are an active Associate that signed up to receive your W-2 electronically before mid-October 2020:
SCENARIO 2: If you are an active Associate who did not sign up to receive your W-2 electronically, or signed up after mid-October 2020:
Your W-2 Form will be mailed to your home address. Here are some key things to know:
In November 2020, we requested addresses changes — the W-2 Forms will be sent to this address. If your address has changed and you did not notify Village, ask your store’s Bookkeeper for a change of address form.
If your W-2 is sent to an undeliverable address, we will send them to your store to be picked up from your Bookkeeper. Please understand this will take some time as the undeliverable mail is sent back to the Main Office, which is then sorted and shipped to stores.
If you sign up for electronic W-2’s now, you will be able to access them for tax year 2021. You will not be able to view your 2020 W-2 electronically this year.
SCENARIO 3: If you are a terminated Associate who did not receive your W-2 in the mail:
Visit paperlessemployee.com/wakefern to create an account. Once you create your account and login, you’ll see the same prompts as Steps 3 and 4 in Scenario 1.
If you tried these options and need further assistance, please contact Village.Payroll@wakefern.com.
This is the password you use to access your paystubs, W2 form, Axonify, Kronos, LINK, or PeopleSoft. It’s easy to manage yourself! Do not call the Wakefern Help Desk as they no longer handle password resets.
There are two ways to set up/reset your password:
You can visit myaccount.wakefern.com, or
You can download the Sailpoint app on your iPhone or Android device
They both do the same thing so it’s your choice!
That’s it! You don’t need to wait on hold with the Help Desk to manage your password. If you’d like more detailed information than is covered here, a complete help document is available here. Please contact your CSM if you need further assistance.
Here are 3 no-bake holiday themed snacks that your kids can channel their creativity into- all while fueling their growing bodies with good nutrition!
Say Cheese Reindeer: Pop two mini pretzels on the sides of a Laughing Cow cheese wedge (or cut their favorite cheese into a small triangle). Top with two mini chocolate chips and finish with a dried cranberry or piece of strawberry for the nose.
Waffle or Pancake Holiday Faces: Either use a frozen whole grain waffle/pancake or use leftovers. Great when topped with nut butters, regular hummus, or chocolate hummus and your favorite sliced fruit! Challenge your child to get creative.
Reindeer on a Log: A holiday take on “ants on a log”- spread some peanut butter (or whatever your favorite nut butter is!) on celery sticks, use a raspberry for a nose and break a mini pretzel in half to create antlers.
Snack time is super important for kids because it provides needed nutrition for their growing bodies- and their little stomachs can only eat so much in one serving!
Did you make one of the fun holiday snacks? Send us a photo! Text us 908-349-0848 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Village, we spend a great deal of time and effort to give back to our community. It’s just one of the ways we try to live our purpose every day — to care deeply about people, helping them to eat well and be happy. Jimmy would have been proud of the effort you put in to support the food banks in our areas.
These pallets of food will be distributed directly to our local Food Bank Partners at the Community Food Bank of NJ, Food Bank for NYC, Feeding Westchester, NORWESCAP, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, and Maryland Food Bank. You’ve also raised $17,409 for the National Parkinson’s Foundation in Jimmy’s honor!
Thank you for your effort. Continue to be safe, and happy holidays!