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 thirty-four, $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate education. There will be one scholarship recipient from each store plus one from our corporate office and 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.
How To Apply
Email a completed Nick & Perry Sumas Scholarship application, including a 500 word or less essay, along with your transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put “Last Name, First Name: Scholarship Application 2020” in the Subject line.
All applications are due by June 8th, 2020.
Selection of Winners
A Village Super Market selection committee will meet in June 2020 to select the thirty-four scholarship recipients.
In evaluating the applicants, the committee considers the applicants’ grades, a written essay, and financial need.
Students must be in good standing and free from disciplinary actions.
All applicants are notified of the results by June 22, 2020.
The recipient will be notified by June 22nd and awarded the scholarship
by July 22, 2020.
Click below to view and download the application; for additional information about the program please contact email@example.com.
Our top priority at Village Super Market, Inc. has always been the safety of our Associates and our customers. This has never been more true than during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re committed to doing everything possible to protect our Associates and keep them informed about all developments regarding COVID-19.
We use CDC guidelines to guide our actions, and we’ve been ahead of the industry in implementing so many of the things you see in your stores today. We’ve spared no effort in combatting the coronavirus in the workplace:
On an hourly basis, Associates are disinfecting common touchpoints and work areas with Red Puroxcide, a virucide that is proven to destroy the coronavirus.
On an hourly basis, Associates are disinfecting common touchpoints and work areas with Red Puroxcide, an EPA approved virucide.
Each night, closing managers are disinfecting all food prep areas, bathrooms, and breakrooms with Red Puroxcide; our floor care company then comes at night to sanitize the store.
Twice weekly, each store undergoes a “fogging” service using Decon 30, another EPA approved virucide. We disinfect all high touch areas, prep surfaces, food areas, and carts. Even though the fogging protocol is designed for disinfecting a store after a confirmed positive COVID-19, we do this proactively twice a week to ensure the safety of our Associates and guests.
The Blue Squares for Social Distancing program allows customers and Associates to maintain six-foot distances from each other as recommended by the CDC.
We’ve implemented reduced occupancy procedures in our stores so we can all maintain this social distance, and we’ve limited the maximum number of people that can be in work areas to ensure our Associates are able to do this.
We’ve installed plexiglass shields at all registers, Guest Services, and Pharmacies to further protect our Associates when social distancing isn’t possible.
We have a robust temperature check procedure to ensure Associates and vendors aren’t showing symptoms when they arrive at work.
We provide masks, gloves, and face shields for our Associates and have a comprehensive protocol on usage and storage. Our vendors are also required to wear masks, and we require our customers to wear face coverings in order to enter the store.
Our Associates now have t-shirts that make it easy to ask our customers to “Please Stay Back” and respect your social distance! Don’t be afraid to politely ask them to give you space if they are inside of six feet.
We provide Red Puroxcide for our Associates to take home; you can use the same virucidal spray we use in our stores to protect your families!
We know that it’s difficult to wear a mask all day and to keep six feet away from all of our customers and co-workers. However, it’s the most effective tool we have in preventing the spread of the disease; many people who have coronavirus exhibit no symptoms but can still spread the virus to others. Wear the mask for the people around you that you care about, if not for yourself — wearing masks saves lives, and that’s no exaggeration. Don’t be exposed, wear your mask over your nose!
Ali and Laura Sumas have created a great video on the importance of proper mask usage, and who you’re really protecting by wearing them:
Our leadership team have also created a video about how to use your new t-shirts to tell customers to respect your space and give you six feet of room, for your safety and for theirs. You may see some people you know dancing to a familiar tune —check out the video!
In addition, we have several mechanisms of support that you can rely on; most of you are already aware of the Village Associate Care & Callout Line (1-888-504-0011) as a place you can turn to for guidance on and to speak about your concerns in the workplace. If you’re feeling anxious about coming to work, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call us!
We’ve also created theVillage Care Connection Text System (844-551-7799) to provide our Associates with alerts regarding COVID-19, volunteer for cross-training or to work additional shifts, and to receive important updates about Village Super Market. Simply text your employee ID or badge number to this line and answer the questions when prompted. If you’d like further guidance, our Care & Callout Line representatives can help guide you.
What if someone in my store is diagnosed with COVID-19?
In the event that someone at your store is diagnosed, there’s no need to panic! Our procedure is guided by CDC recommendations and our safety procedures mean that there is minimal risk to our Associates. In the event of a diagnosis:
The Associate will not be allowed in the workplace until they have been cleared to do so.
We will notify any colleagues who may have been in close contact for a prolonged period of time, and are asking them to closely monitor their symptoms;
In addition to following CDC protocols, we’ll implement our own enhanced sanitation process that includes all workspaces used by the Associate and common areas.
Trust the process
Resist the urge to listen to rumors; they start easily when people are anxious and spread misinformation and panic which helps no one. In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, our Care & Callout Center will notify your store immediately. Transparency is our policy because it promotes safety and trust — you should never forget that your safety is always our first priority.
Trust the protocol
You know about our rigorous disinfecting protocol that goes above and beyond the CDC’s recommendations for disinfecting our stores. We’ve adopted such a policy for exactly this type of scenario — we are continuously disinfecting our workspaces, public areas, restrooms, breakrooms, and high-touch places such as conveyor belts, credit card keypads, and shopping carts. We’ve also trained you on hygiene protocols, such as regular hand washing and coughing into your elbow, which are potent weapons against the virus. Due to these policies, our stores will have been cleaned multiple times by the time we receive confirmation of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Continue to practice the basics
The easiest steps are some of the most effective ones:
Wash your hands frequently, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
If you cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow and be sure to wash your hands.
Don’t touch your face; this is the primary way that viruses are transmitted.
Maintain a social distance of 6-feet, for your safety and for others.
If you’re sick, stay at home! Just call the Care & Callout Center(1-888-504-0011) and they will notify the store
Practice your compassion.
We’re proud of the amazing dedication to duty that our Associates are demonstrating and their commitment to keeping our stores safe for our customers and their fellow co-workers. We also must not forget to practice our compassion and kindness to each other and to those affected by illness because we’re all in this together. Please understand that your co-workers and customers may be anxious due to the ongoing pandemic, and we should do our best to practice patience and compassion. We’re all in this together!
In these uncertain times, we’re reminded that our families are the most important of all. You may not be able to celebrate Mother’s Day the same way this year as you have in the past, but Village is dedicated to showing our appreciation for all of the moms who serve as essential grocery workers supporting our communities and help make Village the company that it is today.
This Saturday and Sunday, we’ve provided free muffins for mom — a sweet treat to show our gratitude. Additionally, all moms who work on Sunday, 5/10 will receive a $10 gift card as a show of thanks for taking the time to work on your special day.
We’ve also asked Village mothers to submit photos with their kids, grandkids, pets, or with their mothers or mother figures in their lives… and we’ve created a video to celebrate you all!
At the end of April, Village began offering an exciting new way to get fresh produce into our customers’ homes: the Fresh Essentials Box! We partnered with Gargiulo Produce to assemble a box of pre-selected items at a fixed price. This way, our customers can get the most popular fruits and veggies in the safest, simplest way at a great price, and it contains enough produce to last most families one week. Customers of our SRFH stores can order through our website or from the Deli & More app, and can choose to pick up the box or have it delivered to their home via DoorDash. A big shoutout goes to Craig Lutcza and Joe Kurtz for developing this great program.
The produce box was a big hit with our customers, garnering a lot of attention on social media. In fact, it was so popular that we expanded the program to include a Cleaning Essentials Box and the Village Family Meals Box.
Starting this Saturday, our SRFH stores will offer the Cleaning Essentials Box which contains some hard-to-find items that are difficult to keep in stock, such as disinfectant spray and wipes, among other basic supplies such as gloves and paper towels. This again provides our customers with safe and convenient options to protect their families, using the same pick-up or delivery methods as the produce box.
We’re also piloting our Village Family Meals Box in a few stores; this program offers fully cooked, heat-and-serve meals for a family of four, providing quality meals without the prep work. Our customers can order any combination of these seven meals through the Deli & More website or app.
The Produce Essentials Box, Cleaning Essentials Box, and Family Meals Box are conveniently available in the catering section of ShopRite.com under “Boxed Essentials”.
We’re thrilled to be rolling out these innovative programs, and we expect them to be a big hit! We’ll keep you informed of all the new and innovative programs we roll out, and we hope you can be proud of a company that’s always finding creative solutions to fit our customers’ needs.