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.

2022 Scholarships

This year we will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships for undergraduate education. Once eligibility criteria is met:

  • There will be one $1,000 scholarship recipient from each of our thirty-seven stores, plus one from the Perishable Distribution Center, one from the MFC, and one from our corporate office team.
  • In addition, this year we will offer TWO $5,000 scholarships to Village Associates who demonstrate our purpose of Helping Families Live Better both in our stores and in their communities.
  • No separate application is required for the additional $5,000 scholarships.
  • All recipients must reapply each year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.*
  • 3.0 GPA

*The scholarship may be used at any accredited college, university or professional school in the United States.

How To Apply

Selection of Winners

  • A Village Super Market selection committee will select the scholarship recipients.
  • In evaluating the applicants, the committee considers the applicants’ grades, written essay, and financial need.
  • Students must be in good standing and free from disciplinary actions.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results by May 27th, 2022.

For additional information about the program, please contact nickandperrysumasscholarship@gmail.com

To view 2021 winners click here

 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

Village Associates are eligible for selection scholarships offered by the NJ Food Council! You can download applications and e-mail the completed form with the essay and letter of recommendation to njfc@njfoodcouncil.com or mail them to New Jersey Food Council, 429 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ, 08611. All applications must be postmarked by April 18, 2022.

Here are the NJFC opportunities our Associates can apply for:

1. Founders Scholarship Award – One award of $5,000 to one employee in a food related member business or future industry leader.
2. Thomas Infusino Scholarship Award – One award of $5,000 to one employee in a retail member business.
3. Student Award – One award of $5,000 to a graduating high school senior or college student who is a family member of a full time employee of a member company, NJFC employee or part-time student employee of a member company.
4. NJFC Scholarship Award – Four (4) awards of $2,500 each to a graduating high school senior or college student who is working for a member company and who is pursuing food policy, government affairs or a food industry related career, or an NJFC employee.

  • Winners of awards may reapply each year if they continue to be employed by firms that are members or staff of NJFC. An average grade of B or better must be attained and confirmed.
  • Awards will be used for tuition at any accredited college, university or professional school in the United States. A scholarship recipient may transfer from one college to another and retain the award.

Additionally, Village Associates are eligible for the Raymond J Maniaci Education Scholarship:

• Those eligible to apply are New Jersey resident students of Saint Joseph’s University who are food marketing majors. Graduate students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
• Previous recipients of the Raymond J. Maniaci Education Scholarship Award may not reapply. The Raymond J. Maniaci Education Scholarship Award is in the amount of $8,000.
• An average grade of B or better must be attained and confirmed.

Please visit njfoodcouncil.com/2022-scholarships/ for complete details and necessary forms. We encourage everyone to apply and wish you luck on your education endeavors!

We asked you to tell us about a coworker who “wows” you with their work and we were overwhelmed with the positive feedback we got back.  Take a look at some of the kind words that our teams shared about their coworkers.

 

FEBRUARY 1ST – FEBRUARY 28TH

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

 

 

 

LOCAL EVENTS

If you’re interested in learning more or celebrating local Black History Month activities in our area, check out these great resources! There are many ways to participate and show your support.

 

 

 

 


 

DEL 1 AL 28 DE FEBRERO

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 Negra?

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, autor, periodista y padre del Mes de la Historia Negra

No fue hasta la década de 1970 que el “Mes de la Historia Negra”, tal y como lo conocemos, obtuvo una amplia aceptación, y Gerald Ford fue el primer presidente que reconoció su importancia en la cultura estadounidense. Fue un momento fundamental y, desde entonces, todos los presidentes estadounidenses han proclamado el Mes de la Historia Negra. El presidente Ford hizo un llamamiento al público para “aprovechar la oportunidad de honrar los logros, demasiado a menudo olvidados, de los estadounidenses de raza negra en todos los ámbitos de actuación a lo largo de nuestra historia”.

 

LOS PIONEROS NEGROS EN EL PUNTO DE MIRA

 

 

 

EVENTOS LOCALES

Si está interesado en saber más o en celebrar las actividades locales del Mes de la Historia Negra en nuestra zona, consulte estos magníficos recursos. Hay muchas maneras de participar y mostrar tu apoyo.

Lunar New Year falls on Tuesday, February 1st this year as we bid farewell to the Year of the Ox and say hello to the Year of the Tiger! 

What is Lunar New Year?

It’s called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. Although this holiday is commonly called Chinese New Year, we should bear in mind it’s celebrated not just in Chinese communities all over the world but other Asian nations such as Vietnam and South Korea. The Lunar New Year typically falls between January 21st and February 20th annually, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. If your sign is the “Tiger”, you may be known for your competitive nature, courage, and ambition, but also your generosity with a drive to help others. 

The Village Family is diverse and it’s important that we celebrate our differences while recognizing the things we have in common. As leaders, we should always have an eye on our message of inclusion and promoting an environment where all of our team members feel valued. Let’s keep an open mind as we continue these celebrations year-round!

LOCAL EVENTS

Interested in learning more and participating in Lunar New Year celebrations near you? Here are some resources to check out:

Help us spread the word! In order to serve more community members who are looking to get vaccinated or a booster shot, the ShopRite Pharmacies of Elizabeth, Greater Morristown, Union, Somers Point, and Absecon will be hosting clinics this week. Please see the clinic dates below — don’t forget this important info:

  • Anyone who is 5-years-old and older can receive any of the three approved COVID vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson)
  • Anyone who received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine can now receive a booster dose 5 months after the initial vaccine, instead of the previous 6 month waiting period
  • As of January 5th, children ages 12-15 and immunocompromised children ages 5-11 can now receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine
  • You can make an appointment at vaccines.shoprite.com OR just walk in
  • Tell everyone you know — we welcome our communities to visit us and get the vaccine!

 

CLINIC DATES

ShopRite of Elizabeth
Tuesday, 1/11: 10 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday, 1/18: 10 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday, 1/25: 10 AM – 4 PM

ShopRite of Greater Morristown
Friday, 1/7: 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday 1/8: 10 AM – 2 PM
Friday, 1/14: 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday, 1/15: 10 AM – 2 PM
Friday, 1/21: 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday, 1/22: 10 AM – 2 PM
Friday, 1/28: 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday, 1/29: 10 AM – 2 PM

ShopRite of Union
Wednesday, 1/12: 10 AM – 4 PM
Thursday, 1/13: 10 AM – 2 PM
Wednesday, 1/19: 10 AM – 2 PM
Thursday, 1/20: 10 AM – 2 PM
Wednesday, 1/26: 10 AM – 4 PM
Thursday, 1/27: 10 AM – 4 PM

ShopRite of Somers Point
Friday, 1/7: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday, 1/8: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday, 1/14: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday, 1/15: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday, 1/21: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday, 1/22: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday, 1/28: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday, 1/29: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

ShopRite of Absecon
Tuesday, 1/11:  10 AM – 3 PM

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your friends and families! We want to thank you all for the amazing work you’ve done with the Jimmy Sumas Meal Bag program these last 25 days.

Because of your efforts, you are going to be able to provide 17,283 meals to those in need this holiday season!  These bags will start going out to food banks (City Harvest, Community Food Bank of NJ, Towson Association of Churches, Chester Food Pantry, NORWESCAP, Westchester Food Bank, and Lehigh Valley Food Bank) next week.  Please refer to CORE task about wrap up, taking down signage and reporting on the total amount of bags you had leftover in store going direct to the food pantries. 

  • We had 17 of our 37 stores hit their goals, and they helped pull the Village team over our 15,000 meal goal! 
  • Shoutout to 74th St Fairway (store #182) who crushed their goal and took the top Village spot this year. 
  • Amazing job to our stores with super high goals who crushed those too!
  • Please make sure to let all of your cashiers know the final total of 17,283 and all of their efforts truly made a difference. 

THANK YOU!

 

 

Happy Hanukkah from Village Super Market! Also known as Chanukah, this eight-day Jewish celebration is of significant importance and takes place from November 28th to December 6th this year.

As you light your menorahs and share gifts with your loved ones, keep your family and friends in mind as we share the holiday season with them. If you don’t celebrate, you may know someone who does; be sure to wish them a Happy Hanukkah!

What is gratitude week?

November 15th – 21st is a week dedicated to celebrating your hard work, the compassion you’ve shown for one other, and dedication to the communities that we serve. 

The holiday season is a perfect time for our Village family to reflect and show our appreciation for all of your accomplishments during the year, and the Sumas Family wishes to shine a light on the work you do every day to help your fellow team members and help families live better. Please view the video below!

We have so much planned for you! Every Associate will receive a holiday card from the Sumas Family that includes a $20 coupon. In addition, we’ll be having raffles during Gratitude Week, and another raffle in December!

We’ve also invited our guests to tell us how much they appreciate you, and we’ll be sure to compile the comments and share them with you. Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed; our communities respect and admire you!

And last but not least, we’re signing up volunteers for the Village Volunteer Corp — our next Food Bank activity takes place on 12/14 so see your Store Manager if you’re interested in joining us to make a difference.

This week is dedicated to you! Thank you for all you do each and every day — happy holidays!

 

This Veterans Day, we honor the service of those who have and currently serve in defense of our country. We’re proud to celebrate these dedicated individuals as part of our Village family. Thank you for your service!