The Great American Milk Drive has officially ended for 2021 and we’ve reached 47.7% of our total goal! While we didn’t hit our late stretch goal of 50%, our food bank partners will be getting over 9,600 gallons of milk, courtesy of our generous customers and your efforts.
Hats off to the ShopRites of Galloway, Watchung, Hillsborough, Greater Morristown, and Springfield for surpassing their 2021 goals! We know this year was uniquely challenging but we know you brought the message to our customers with a smile.
Congratulations to our top five cashiers! These associates went ABOVE and BEYOND to engage our customers and tell our hunger fighting story! If you see them in store, make sure to give them a big THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS!
#1 – ShopRite of English Creek – Carla Baldwin with $1,854
#2 – ShopRite of Hillsborough – Andrew Milne with $1,641
#3 – ShopRite of Morristown – Rhoda Amelio with $1,414
#4 – ShopRite of Chester – Christina Matasaru with 1,413
#5 – ShopRite of Galloway – Marlene Reid with $1,062
Thank you for everything that you do — your actions have a bigger impact on our communities than you realize! The milk drive is a great example of how we care deeply about people, help them to eat well and be happy.
Father’s day has arrived! This year, so many team members submitted photos of the father figures in their lives they were proud of. The pictures are endearing and we’re always happy to share them with our entire Village family!
We hope all our dads enjoy this special holiday dedicated to them. Stay safe, stay rested, and let’s treasure this time we have to spend with family. Happy Father’s Day!
Each year, the Sumas family provides scholarship opportunities for Village Associates and their family members who are pursuing higher education. Neither Nick or Perry Sumas had a formal education when they came to the United States in search of the “American Dream”, but they cared deeply about those who worked with them.
In 2021, we’re pleased to have expanded the award to forty $1,000 scholarships. Please join us in congratulating these exceptional members of our Village family and wish them luck on their future endeavors!
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.
May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month. We’ve been highlighting various national and international heritage celebrations and honoring the contributions and achievements of these groups throughout the year, and we’ll continue to celebrate our differences throughout various religious and cultural events.
Please join us in observing these celebrations as we strive to better understand each other! Your fellow team members at Village make up a diverse workforce that represents a larger America; understanding experiences outside our own is the first step in respecting those we work with every day.
We hope you’ll enjoy learning more about the diverse workforce and if you identify, we invite you to share with us and your coworkers too!
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Originally proposed by a congressional staffer in the 1970s, this celebration began as a week-long recognition known as “Asian-Pacific Heritage Week”. Eventually, May was chosen as the celebratory month to honor the first Japanese immigrants who arrived in the United States in May of 1843. President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration in 1978, making it official.
Spotlight on Asian American Pioneers
Wakefern is also offering virtual sessions you can attend:
The Sights and Sounds of AAPI:May 7th (3pm-4pm): Associates will take you on a journey through a few of the sights and sounds of AAPI heritage. (Hosted by Associates from our DE&I Task Force)
A Taste of AAPI -Virtual Cooking Workshop: May 19th (12pm-1pm): In conjunction with our Dietitian team, learn how to make delicious appetizers and dessert from recipes honoring AAPI heritage. (Hosted by our Corporate Dietician Catherine Sebastian)
A Moment to Connect:May 21st (3pm-4pm): Listen as your fellow Associates share their stories about why AAPI Heritage is important to them and build a connection by learning from each other. (Hosted by Naz Cattelona, Director of DE&I)
First celebrated in Boston in 1998 via an influential public access television program, it quickly spread to Haitian communities in Florida, including activities such as parades, flag raisings. It became a state-wide celebration in Florida before gaining momentum to become a nationally-recognized month in 2005 when President George W. Bush memorialized it in a letter to the Haitian-American community and organized a White House event to recognize the holiday. Haitian Heritage Month is really an expansion of Haitian Flag Day on May 18th of each year, which is a major event observed in Haitian communities everywhere.
Spotlight on Haitian American Pioneers
Jewish American Heritage Month
In 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish-American Heritage Month. Its goal is to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to America and its culture, and was decreed by Congressional resolution. May was significant due to the 350th anniversary celebration of Jews in America marking the Jewish arrival in New Amsterdam; today, this month of recognition is organized nationwide by the National Museum of American Jewish History.
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: