Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Started as just a week-long celebration in 1968, it was expanded into a 30-day period by President Reagan in 1988. The day of September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of geographies such Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua claiming their independence. Mexico and Chile celebrate their national days of independence on September 16th and September 18th respectively. Also, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Why do we celebrate? There are an estimated 56.6 million Hispanics living in the United States. This equates to about 17.6% of the country population. Hispanic Americans have contributed to American life since the American Revolution, and have fought in every war since. Hispanic Americans continue to have representation in our country- as small business owners, veterans, teachers, doctors, store leadership, department managers, among many other professions. Hispanic Heritage month allows us to recognize their contribution and achievements to our national story.

How is Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated? The month is celebrated in a large variety of ways. As several other celebratory holidays fall during this month — such as the independence days of several Latin American countries — concerts, parades, food fairs, festivals, dancing, and more are organized throughout. Educational events like art exhibitions take place as well, highlighting important Latino heroes in history. Cooking is another big way to celebrate! From pull-apart arepas filled with savory ingredients to learning the Spanish word for meatball – albóndiga – before digging into one! If you are a big fan of Mexican food, cook with and discuss the spices and ingredients that make these dishes special, such as cumin and paprika, corn, chili peppers, shredded beef and chicken, beans, tomatoes and more.

The Fill a Glass with Hope campaign has officially ended for 2022 and we reached 73.5% of our target goal! Our food bank partners will be getting over 13,942 gallons of milk, courtesy of our generous customers and your efforts.  To visualize just how much  milk that is, one of those large super tankers you see on the highway holds 12,000 gallons, so we filled one of those and then some!

Hats off to the the nine stores who surpassed their 2022 goals! We know this year was uniquely challenging but we know you brought the message to our customers with a smile.

1.Fairway of 74th St.

2.ShopRite of Union

3.Tribeca Gourmet Garage

4.Fairway of 86th St.

5.West Village Gourmet Garage

6.ShopRite of Garwood

7.Fairway of Pelham

8.ShopRite of Hillsborough

9.ShopRite of English Creek

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.

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 2022, we’re pleased to have expanded the award to forty $1,000 scholarships and for the first time ever, two $5,000 scholarships. Please join us in congratulating these exceptional members of our Village family and wish them luck on their future endeavors!

Thank you to all of our associates for submitting photos of their dads or submitting photos of yourself with your kids! Thank you for all you do for both your Village family and your own family at home.

 

This June, we celebrate our young, resilient team members who are graduating this year. Please join us in congratulating them as they take the next step of their journey.

Our leaders and our fellow team members couldn’t be more proud of the work that these essential heroes have done for their family, friends, and neighbors. If you see these grads in store, wish them well on their continuing education and wish them luck!

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: