Pride Month commemorates the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community and celebrates the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals. It promotes the self-affirmation, dignity, and increased visibility of LGBTQ+ people as a social group. June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month, with June 28th specifically marked for Pride Day. This day marks the date in history of the first Pride march held in New York City in 1970.

Village Super Market is committed to providing a safe, inclusive workplace where all Associates and customers feel welcome to visit our stores. It is up to us as individuals to practice empathy and take the steps to move toward a more just society, and all five of our core values fall squarely into our responsibilities here: Act With Integrity, Respect For All, Care Deeply, Challenge Yourself, and Welcome To The Family.

We’re continuing the conversation to celebrate our differences, to better understand each other and keep ourselves open to learning about experiences outside of our own. Although understanding others is the first step in respecting those we work with every day, we don’t have to understand before we accept or love anyone. We must listen to all points of view to foster an environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to be themselves.

 


Click here to hear Garry Stevens, former VP of Merchandising & Marketing, share his story about why pride month is meaningful to him and what it means to be an ally.

This Pride Month, we’re also providing opportunities for you to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and the purpose of these celebrations. Visit the links below if you want to read more. You can use hashtags like #PrideMonth, #PrideDay, and #LGBTQ to join the conversation on social media!

 

Pride Day: What were the Stonewall Riots and why are they important?

On June 28, 1969, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gathering place for the LGBTQ+ community. They arrested employees and patrons of the bar while pedestrians watched; riots ensued in response, lasting about five days.

Gay rights activists proposed the idea of a march in response to the Stonewall events. The first march took place in New York on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28th, 1970, to celebrate “pride.” It inspired other pride marches across the country in solidarity and gay pride celebrations expanded globally.

Now, LGBTQ+ Pride is a month-long celebration with marches occurring throughout, and has been celebrated for over 50 years! First officially recognized by President Bill Clinton as “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump continued to recognize this commemoration but as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month”.

It’s also important to know the history of the struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community. People around the world face violence and inequality — and sometimes torture, even execution — because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. This month we are bringing attention to the fact that sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves, our Associates, and our communities. 

The first step we can all take is to understand what’s going on in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. It might be difficult to understand some of the terms used to describe LGBTQ+ individuals. Let’s take a look at some of them now:

What is gender identity? One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Cisgender (sometimes abbreviated cis) is used to describe a person whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth. For example, someone who identifies as a woman and was identified as female at birth is a cisgender woman. 

What does it mean to be transgender? Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

What is a gender transition? The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.

Non-binary is used to describe people who feel their gender cannot be defined within the margins of gender binary. Instead, they understand their gender in a way that goes beyond simply identifying as either a man or woman. Some non-binary people may feel comfortable within Trans communities and find this is a safe space to be with others who don’t identify as cis, but this isn’t always the case.

How else might non-binary people identify? Because non-binary includes anyone that doesn’t fit the traditional narrative of male or female, non-binary communities are incredibly diverse. Non-binary people may identify as both male and female or neither male nor female. They may feel their gender is fluid, can change and fluctuate or perhaps they permanently don’t identify with one particular gender. The range of language and labels used within non-binary communities’ means that non-binary has become an inclusive umbrella term. 

 

How is the LGBTQ+ community struggling today?

There’s still work to be done when it comes to raising awareness and advocating for LGBTQ+ issues. Housing and employment discrimination still persists, and there are hurdles to overcome in public and at the workplace.

  • One in four LGBTQ+ employees report experiencing employment discrimination in the last five years
  • The Transgender unemployment rate is three times higher than the national average
  • Over one quarter (27%) of transgender people who held or applied for a job in the last year reported being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion due to their gender identity
  • Nearly 75% of transgender employees take steps to avoid mistreatment in the workplace
  • Nearly 1 in 10 LGBTQ+ employees report that discrimination negatively affected their work environment

There are no federal protections barring employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, either. State laws vary, and while the states where we operate are more progressive than most…

  • In 28 states, you can get fired just for being lesbian, bisexual, or gay
  • In 30 states, you can be fired for being transgender

Transgendered people specifically are facing many barriers to acceptance. 2021 was a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation with 33 states introducing bills that aim to curb the rights of transgender people across the country — and many are succeeding. According to the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy groups, at least 117 bills targeting transgender rights are part of the current legislative session, including bathroom bans, youth sport bans, and restrictions on medical care for transgendered individuals.

There are social pressures as well — for many LGBTQ+ Americans, especially for youth, coming out can be a very difficult process, even for those who know they are loved by friends and family. It’s a process of self-understanding, accepting, and valuing your sexual orientation/identity. For some, there may be a sense of being different, and it involves facing societal responses and attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people.

But research shows us that coming out about sexual orientation and gender identity makes a huge difference to LGBTQ+ people’s ability to lead happy, open and fulfilling lives. It’s important that we all do our part in making Village a place where everyone can feel safe to be themselves.

Here are some links if you’re looking to learn more about coming out:

 

Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Pioneers

 

More Resources

There are many places where you can learn more about Pride Month and ongoing events: 

Local Pride Event Information

Please join us in celebrating Pride Month 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’re here to listen, too — if you’d like someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to contact your HR Partner.

Thank you, and Happy Pride Month!

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!

 

Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we work on them with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others.

Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others, even if you can’t be physically together, to improve your heart health.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Most middle-aged and young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or being a smoker or overweight. Having multiple risk factors increases your risk for heart disease.

Why Connecting is Good for Your Heart

Feeling connected with others and having positive, close relationships benefit our overall health, including our blood pressure and weight. Having people in our lives who motivate and care for us helps, as do feelings of closeness and companionship.

Follow these heart-healthy lifestyle tips to protect your heart. It will be easier and more successful if you work on them with others, including by texting or phone calls if needed.

  • Be more physically active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Get 7-8 hours of quality sleep.
  • Track your heart health stats.

You don’t have to make big changes all at once. Small steps will get you where you want to go.

Move more

Invite family, friends, colleagues, or members of your community to join you in your efforts to be more physically active:

  • Ask a colleague to walk “with you” on a regular basis, put the date on both your calendars, and text or call to make sure you both get out for a walk.
  • Get a friend or family member to sign up for the same online exercise class, such as a dance class. Make it a regular date!
  • Grab your kids, put on music, and do jumping jacks, skip rope, or dance in your living room or yard.

 

How much is enough? Aim for at least 2½ hours of physical activity each week—that’s just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition, do muscle strengthening exercises 2 days a week. Can’t carve out a lot of time in your day? Don’t chuck your goal, chunk it! Try 10 or 15 minutes a few times a day. NHLBI’s Move More fact sheet has ideas to get and keep you moving. 

Eat heart-healthy

We tend to eat like our friends and family, so ask others close to you to join in your effort to eat healthier. Together, try NHLBI’s free Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan. Research shows that, compared to a typical American diet, it lowers high blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels. Find delicious recipes at NHLBI’s Heart-Healthy Eating web page or check out the “Meals Made Well” section of the ShopRite Recipe Shop on the ShopRite app or ShopRite.com.

Quit smoking

To help you quit, ask others for support or join an online support group. Research shows that people are much more likely to quit if their spouse, friend, or sibling does. Social support online can help you quit.   All states have quit lines with trained counselors—call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You’ll find many free resources to help you quit, such as apps, a motivational text service, and a chat line at BeTobaccoFree.hhs.gov and Smokefree.gov.

If you need extra motivation to quit, consider those around you: Breathing other people’s smoke, called secondhand smoke, is dangerous. Many adult nonsmokers die of stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke.

Manage stress

Reducing stress helps your heart health. Set goals with a friend or family member to do a relaxing activity every day, like walking, yoga, or meditation, or participate in an online stress-management program together. Physical activity also helps reduce stress. Talk to a qualified mental health provider or someone else you trust.

Improve sleep

Sleeping 7–8 hours a night helps to improve heart health. De-stressing will help you sleep, as does getting a 30-minute daily dose of sunlight. Take a walk instead of a late afternoon nap! Family members and friends: remind each other to turn off the screen and stick to a regular bedtime. Instead of looking at your phone or the TV before bed, relax by listening to music, reading, or taking a bath.

Track Your Heart Health Stats, Together

Keeping a log of your blood pressure, weight goals, physical activity, and if you have diabetes, your blood sugars, will help you stay on a heart-healthy track. Ask your friends or family to join you in the effort. Check out NHLBI’s Healthy Blood Pressure for Healthy Hearts: Tracking Your Numbers worksheet.

Visit #OurHearts for inspiration on what others around the country are doing together for their heart health. Then join the #OurHearts movement and let NHLBI know what you’re doing to have a healthy heart. Tag #OurHearts to share how you and your family and friends are being heart healthy.

 

 

We encourage our Village Family members to wear red from Sunday 2/20 through Saturday 2/26 to raise awareness for National Heart Month.  If you have a photo or recipe you’d like to share with us, please do so in the Media Upload Center.

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!