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The Russian Tea Room's Renowned Chef, Marc Taxiera, Creates a 'Sumptuous Supper' - Including 120 Cans of ShopRite Vegetables - and Serves Dinner to 600 at the Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen in Harlem


To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its Can Can sale, ShopRite Donated Thousands of cans of food to local food banks including the Food Bank For New York City, which provides food for 1.4 million New Yorkers in need


New York, NY, January 19, 2011 — The Russian Tea Room's renowned Chef, Marc Taxiera, created a special recipe of 'Russian Tea Room Chicken Stew' — which was prepared with a donation of canned  vegetables from ShopRite — a long-time supporter of the Food Bank For New York City — and served a sumptuous supper this evening to 600 people at the Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen and Food Pantry of West Harlem, located at 252 West 116th Street, Manhattan.  Chef Marc was joined by Wakefern Food Corporation/ShopRite executive Christine Magyarits and other ShopRite personnel to put the finishing touches on the stew and serve dinner.  The Russian Tea Room is a member of the Food Bank's Culinary Council which was created to raise funds and awareness for hunger-relief in New York City.

"The Food Bank For New York City is very grateful to ShopRite and to The Russian Tea Room for their ongoing support and dedication to ending food poverty. These partners, each in their own way, have played a critical role in helping us meet the needs of communities' most vulnerable residents - children, older adults, and the economically challenged," said Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. "With 37 percent of New Yorkers reporting having difficulty affording food for themselves and their families, ShopRite's Can Can Sale program and The Russian Tea Rooms ongoing support will have a profound effect on our ability to meet the needs of New Yorkers in the coming year." 

“ShopRite is humbled to stand beside these Food Banks to help provide food to those in need.” said Christine Magyarits, ShopRite Partners in Caring Spokesperson.  “ShopRite has a longstanding history of supporting our local communities through the donation of both food and funds, as well as the volunteer efforts of our associates.  We’re pleased that in this 40th year of Can Can, 40,000 cans of food can reach those who need it most.”

"We can think of no better way to celebrate our longstanding relationship and commitment to the Food Bank For New York City than by preparing a hot meal for those in need.  We are very excited to be here today and we hope that more people will take notice of the work that the Food Bank is doing," said Ken Biberaj, Vice President of The Russian Tea Room. 

ShopRite has always been a partner to food banks in the areas it serves through its year-round hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring program.  Since its founding in 1999, ShopRite Partners in Caring has given more than $24 million  to Food Banks, which has helped to feed millions of people.

ShopRite's Can Can sale began January 9 and ran for two weeks at all ShopRite stores in the Northeast. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its Can Can sale, ShopRite donated 40,000 cans of food to local food banks including the Food Bank For New York City, and food banks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware. These deliveries are especially important at this time of year, as food bank donations tend to decline post-holiday season. This year, sales are expected to exceed more than 300 million cans and bottles, including more than 50 million cans of vegetables.

About the Food Bank for New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 27 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs.  As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, the Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 228 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $24 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $23 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

About ShopRite Partners In Caring
ShopRite Partners In Caring is a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide more than $2 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $24 million to more than 1,700 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women's shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.shopritepartnersincaring.org.

About The Russian Tea Room
For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!  For more information, visit info@russiantearoomny.com.
 

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