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Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, and the logistics, merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores, has announced that several associates in its corporate and retail organizations have been recognized as honorees of the 2022 YWCA “Tribute to Women and Industry” (TWIN) Award.

Honorees this year include Wakefern and ShopRite associates whose leadership and expertise have contributed to the success of the cooperative and its stores. Recipients include ShopRite’s Amanda Fischer of Eatontown, the marketing, business development and outreach manager for Village Super Market, according to a press release.

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The YWCA TWIN Award recognizes the achievements and significant contributions made by women within their industries in managerial, executive, supervisory and/or professional roles, and is hosted by the YWCA Union County, a nonprofit organization.

After spending years studying food and human nutrition, Fischer’s first position was a retail dietitian for ShopRite. In the 11 years since joining Village Super Market, she has held community relations, business development, communication and marketing roles.

In her current role, Fischer is responsible for leading the marketing and outreach activities for Village Super Market, which operates 38 retail locations including ShopRite stores, Fairway Markets and Gourmet Garage specialty stores in Manhattan. She leads the Village Volunteer Corp, manages the company’s charitable giving endeavors and sits on the Sumas Family Foundation board, which provides grants to local nonprofit organizations.


New Jersey American Water has announced the recipients of its 2022 environmental grant program. This year, the company awarded a total of $41,000 to five organizations and community groups within its service areas that are engaged in sustainability projects to improve water source protection or watershed protection.

“At New Jersey American Water, we recognize people are not the only ones who need
clean water; the environment depends on it, too,” said Danielle Kearsley, environmental
program lead, New Jersey American Water.

“That is why we are proud to offer over $40,000 in funding this year to support these innovative projects. By investing in the restoration and protection of our watersheds, we can help preserve our water sources and the life they sustain for years to come,” Kearsley said.

According to a press release, the Rumson Environmental Commission was awarded $10,000 for its Emerald Necklace Green Infrastructure Project inspired by Fredrick Law Olmsted’s 200th anniversary. The project will include three demonstration rain gardens with bioswales throughout the borough.

The environmental commission will host several workshops to educate members of the public on how to create their own rain garden and will provide starter kits. Webinars will be posted to build a rain garden ambassador program that will allow the program to be sustainable into the future, according to the press release.

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