Ravitz Family Markets ShopRite Stores Receive EPA Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Ravitz family and their ShopRite stores and associates for reducing food waste and increasing fresh food donations to local food banks.
During an awards ceremony held recently at the ShopRite of Marlton, EPA officials presented the family’s ShopRite store directors with both regional and national honors for their “stellar” work in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and WasteWise programs -- a nationwide effort to get more food to food banks and recycling and composting operations.
The family’s ShopRite stores donated 151 tons of food last year and their ShopRite supermarkets are on track this year to donate 250 tons of food.
“Wasted food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste in the U.S.,” said Judy-Ann Mitchell, branch chief for sustainability with the EPA, Region 2. “Through the EPA’s Sustainable Food Management approach, EPA is helping change the way our society protects the environment and conserves resources for future generations. Building on the familiar concept of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,’ this approach changes how we think about environmental protection and recognizes the impacts of the food we waste. Stellar (program) participants like Ravitz Family Markets help us achieve sustainability.”
Shawn Ravitz, VP of administration, accepted the EPA’s grocer’s corporate award and thanked his management teams and store Green Teams for the great work they’ve done in recent years to reduce waste and donate more fresh food. Stores work closely with the Food Bank of South Jersey, with the Food Bank picking up product two to three times a week at each ShopRite.
“Through efforts like food gleaning, composting and recycling in our stores, we’ve reduced our waste stream by more than half, and I have to thank all my associates for the work they do and the care they take in helping make this happen. We are committed to sustainability but it’s our associates who help us get keep that commitment,” said Ravitz.
Pictured: Associates accepting EPA grocer facility awards and certificates of appreciation included: Colleen Casey, Store Director of the ShopRite of Mt. Laurel; John Kozarski, store director, ShopRite of Evesham Road; Ray Lotierzo, store director, ShopRite of Garden State Pavilions; Pat Casey, Assistant Manager of Loss Prevention; Mike Sanverdine, store director, ShopRite of Union Mill, and Frank Wunder, store director, Shoprite of Marlton