The Wakefern and retail banner Earth Day Program takes place annually in March and April and includes a variety of marketing, educational and engagement efforts—planting trees, cleaning up local beaches and more.
The annual Wakefern Earth Day Challenge® dares volunteers to beautify their communities by cleaning up litter at local parks and beaches. Last year, approximately 5,000 volunteers— using one of our FREE Earth Day clean up kits including donated gloves and trash bags—gathered to clean up hundreds of locations in five states. To date, over 60,000 volunteers have participated in the challenge over the past decade!
Wakefern and ShopRite has been a proud partner of Special Olympics New Jersey for over 20 years. In addition to donating food and beverages at the Summer Games, Wakefern associates volunteer to help serve lunches and snacks to more than 18,000 athletes, coaches, families and spectators. We continue to play an integral role in the organization as a leader in volunteerism and awareness, with over 500 associates volunteering their time at Special Olympics New Jersey.Learn more
Associates of Wakefern and its cooperative members volunteer together on “green teams” to brainstorm and implement ways to make our stores, facilities, operations and communities more sustainable. By combining their unique talents and passion for environmental stewardship, green teams can make a demonstrable impact in their local communities. That includes joining forces with Environmental Non-Government Organization's (E-NGO's) such as One Tree Planted, Clean Ocean Action and America's Grow a Row. Some recent projects completed by over 100 green teams include tree plantings, litter clean-ups, Earth Day celebrations, achieving environmental certifications and awards, and implementing software that tracks conservation efforts.