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!

Happy Diwali! Also known as the festival of light, Diwali is observed by over a billion people across the world. Diwali celebrates good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. Not only a Hindu holiday, Diwali is observed by Jains, Sikhs & Buddhist; it is also India’s most celebrated holiday. Observed in late October through mid November depending on the lunar calendar, Diwali is a 5 day long celebration that also commemorates the return of the Hindu lord (god) Rama from his 14-year-long exile to his kingdom Ayodhya after conquering evil.

Many also recognize this as entering a New Year. The lighting of oil lamps (diays) [dee-yuhz] outside and inside homes, colorful floor decorations (rangoli), prayers (pooja) & the eating of sweets are the traditional ways of welcoming Lakshimi, goddess of good fortune, into their homes. The celebration continues by lighting up the sky with fireworks, fire lanterns, music, dance & performances in brightly colored garbs to usher in light, happiness and prosperity into the lives of its observers.

We have a recipe for you this Diwali — have you ever tried Jalebi? Our very own Kayshwar Mohan shows us some of the history behind this delicious treat. Check out Kaysh’s recipe below and follow along!

 

Jalebi

Dough:

  • 1/2cu all-purpose flour
  • 2Tbl Corn flour
  • 1cu flour
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2Tbl white Vinegar
  • 1Tbl plain yogurt 
  • 1/2cu water
  • 1/8tsp turmeric  (pinch)
  • 4cu vegetable fry oil (sub with ghee or mix 50/50)

Syrup:

  • 1/2cu boiling water
  • 1cu white sugar
  • 1/4tsp saffron powder (2 threads)
  • ¼tsp cardamom

Get Cooking:

Mix together the AP flour, cornstarch and turmeric. Then Mix in the yogurt, water & vinegar. Get your fry oil hot over a M/H heat. Then fold in the baking powder to the dough mix. The dough should be a runny pancake batter. Get this into a squeeze bottle.

Prep syrup: Mix all the ingredients together. Ensuring that the sugar is fully diluted. You will end up with a loose, yellow syrup. Keep this warm.

Fry and soak: squeeze the batter into the hot oil in a circular shape or pretzel shape. The key is to not have disconnected ends. Flip and fry until golden brown. Move from oil to syrup and soak until translucent. 

Tip: This recipe is best served right away, warm. If you’d like to serve cold, make a thicker syrup by doubling the sugar. This will form a gooey shell.

Please watch the video below for a special message from the Sumas Family!

 

Since our founding in 1937, we have always cared deeply about our Village Associates and the Communities we serve.  We care so deeply about our team members that we refer to them as our “Village Family”.

In early September, many of our own Village family members were deeply impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida.  Even through their own hardships and loss, they continued to come to work and serve their community during its time of need.  

As we look for ways to come together to help our family through this, we’re excited to launch the Village Cares Associate Relief Fund for impacts due to Hurricane Ida.  A program for Village by  the Village Family and the Sumas Family Foundation where our team members in need can apply confidentially for grants to help them with hardships directly related to the storm.  

Members of the Sumas Family and the Sumas Family Foundation will initially fund this effort with $50,000 and Village Super Market will match the next $25,000 contributed by our team members, with a goal of being able to raise at least $100,000.

If you need assistance and would like to apply, click here:

bitly.com/vsmidarelief

 

We will contact you directly via the Village Cares text message system within seven days if you are selected to receive a grant.  If you are not registered for the system, please text employee ID or badge number to  844-551-7799. 

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Applicants will not need to provide documentation on how the funds are being used
  • All applications will be confidential
  • Funds should be used to cover costs of impacts from Hurricane Ida including but not limited to property damage, displacement, and home or auto repairs
  • Funds will be distributed based upon need and availability
  • Funds should be used only to cover costs for Village Associates and not for their family members

 

If you are in a position to be able to donate to fellow Village family members in need, we ask that you consider our GoFundMe campaign to support this worthy cause:

GoFundMe

 

You can donate anonymously, and no donation is too small.  Every dollar counts, and the first $25,000 will be matched.

Thank you for practicing your compassion and caring deeply for your fellow team members at Village! Our core values aren’t just words on a page, but rather a commitment that we live by. We hope you’ll join us in making this a program that will impact many lives for the better.

Thank you!

If you have any further questions please contact the Village Care Center at 888-504-0011.

 


 

Desde nuestra fundación en 1937, siempre nos hemos preocupado profundamente por nuestros Asociados de Village y las Comunidades a las que servimos. Nos preocupamos tanto por los miembros de nuestro equipo que nos referimos a ellos como “Familia Village”.

A principios de septiembre, muchos de los miembros de Familia Village se vieron profundamente afectados por los devastadores efectos del huracán Ida. Incluso a pesar de sus propias dificultades y pérdidas, continuaron viniendo a trabajar y sirviendo a su comunidad durante su tiempo de necesidad.

Mientras buscamos formas de unirnos para ayudar a nuestra Familia Village a superar esto, estamos emocionados de lanzar el Fondo de Ayuda para Asociados de Village Cares para los impactos causados ​​por el huracán Ida. Un programa para Village de la Fundacion de Village Family y Sumas Family donde los miembros de nuestro equipo que lo necesiten pueden solicitar de manera confidencial subsidio (ayuda financiera) para ayudarlos con las dificultades directamente relacionadas con la tormenta.

Los miembros de la Familia Sumas y la Fundación de la Familia Sumas financiarán inicialmente este esfuerzo con $ 50,000 y Village Super Market igualará los próximos $ 25,000 aportados por los miembros de nuestro equipo, con el objetivo de poder recaudar al menos $ 100,000.

Si necesita ayuda y desea postularse, haga clic aquí:

bitly.com/vsmidarelief

Si es seleccionado para un subsidio (ayuda financiera), será contactado directamente a través de un mensaje de texto dentro de los 7 días. Asegúrese de estar inscrito en nuestra plataforma de mensajería de texto Village Cares. Para inscribirse envíe un mensaje de texto con su identificación de empleado o codigo utilizado para registrar horas de trabajo al 844-551-7799. ¡Gracias!

Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente:

  • Los solicitantes no necesitarán proporcionar documentación sobre cómo se están utilizando los fondos.
  • Todas las aplicaciones serán confidenciales
  • Los fondos deben usarse para cubrir los costos de los impactos del huracán Ida, incluidos, entre otros, daños a la propiedad, desplazamiento y reparaciones de viviendas o automóviles.
  • Los fondos se distribuirán según la necesidad y la disponibilidad.
  • Los fondos deben usarse solo para cubrir los costos de los Asociados de Village y no para los miembros de su familia

 

Si puede donar a los damnificados, le solicitamos que tome en cuenta nuestra campana en GoFundMe para apoyar esta causa:

GoFundMe

 

Puede donar de forma anónima y ninguna donación es demasiado pequeña. ¡Cada dólar cuenta!

¡Gracias por practicar su compasión y mostrar consideración por los miembros de su equipo en Village! Nuestros valores fundamentales no son solo palabras en una página, sino un compromiso por el que vivimos. Esperamos que se una a nosotros para hacer de este un programa que tendrá un impacto positivo en muchas vidas.

¡Muchísimas gracias!

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Village Care Center: 888-504-0011

 

We should all be truly proud of being able to raise over $200,000 in such a challenging year, surpassing the amount we raised in 2019. It’s times like these that we should all stop for a moment and appreciate the impact our teams have on those around us!

We set ambitious goals because we want to be the standard bearer when it comes to fighting hunger in our communities. So many of you stepped up and delivered yet again!

 

We can’t thank you enough for all the things you do for Partners in Caring each year. We love that many of you see it as an opportunity to get creative with fundraising and we promise to share those photos if you keep taking them. Now onto the contest portion, all stores will submit their binders to Wakefern by Friday. We’ll update you when those results are in!

 

Thank you for everything you do!