November 19, 2020

Philadelphia, PA (November 19, 2020) -- Brown’s Super Stores, a family business which operates 10 ShopRite supermarkets and 2 Fresh Grocer supermarkets in the Philadelphia area, the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), Salem Baptist Church of Roslyn, and with our newest partner The Roots, we will once again convene to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need across Philadelphia. We will be joined by numerous community groups, corporations and elected officials as well. During these challenging times, coming together over a meal will be essential to keep our communities and families together and thriving more than ever. Brown’s Super Stores and the Urban Affairs Coalition will distribute 2,000 Thanksgiving Vouchers redeemable for a full Thanksgiving dinner that will feed more than 12,000 individuals citywide, giving them a Thanksgiving meal to remember. Once again, it will be one of the largest distributions in the region ever!

This program will be supported by our generous partners The Roots, who have sponsored 500 meals for families in need, and Black & Mobile who has volunteered to deliver 50 of those meals to families unable to shop for themselves. Our other generous sponsors including Pepsi Co., Glory Foods, Table Talk Pie Co., Bimbo Bread, Pepperidge Farms, Flowers Baking, Schmidt Baking, Verchio’s & Guarino’s Produce, which supply many of the items in this year’s program.

More than 100 community partners from across the city will distribute the Thanksgiving Vouchers to families in need. Additionally, a small team of ShopRite volunteers will assemble the baskets being delivered by Black & Mobile at the ShopRite of Oregon Avenue on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.


Each year, the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) and our City’s community groups, churches, businesses, and elected officials gather together to join the fight against hunger during the Thanksgiving Season. For 36 years, the UAC Thanksgiving Basket Program has worked to distribute Thanksgiving Baskets to individuals and families in need; providing Thanksgiving meals – a turkey and all the fixings –  that feed more than 12,000 individuals each giving season.

For the 37th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Program, UAC is mindful of how difficult 2020 has been for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic - and the food insecurity and health inequities that it exposed - will mean that the need for a Thanksgiving meal in our communities will be greater than years before. To meet that need, the UAC Thanksgiving Basket Program is, once again, convening community partners to join the fight against hunger this giving season.

While the Thanksgiving holiday is a time of togetherness, we encourage everyone to celebrate safely this year, keeping gatherings small and with the people with whom you live, as recommended by public health officials. Read more here:


•         ShopRite and The Fresh Grocers stores operated by the Brown family & their Vendors

•         The Roots

•         Keystone First

•         Salem Baptist Church of Roslyn

•         Philadelphia FIGHT

We appreciate everyone’s partnership to make this effort possible once again this year!



CONTACT: Sandy Brown



About Brown’s Super Stores

Brown’s Super Stores is a family owned and operated supermarket chain of 10 Philadelphia area ShopRite supermarkets and 2 Fresh Grocer supermarkets, and was founded in 1988 by President and CEO Jeffrey Brown. Brown’s is headquartered in Westville, New Jersey. The Company is well known for its state-of-the-art supermarkets that are spotlessly clean, offering a wide variety of fresh food, low prices and friendly customer service. Brown’s has been well recognized for its dedication to the communities it serves and was recognized by The White House for its efforts in serving urban communities who lack affordable, fresh and healthy food. Brown’s most recent efforts have included programs for the training and hiring of those who were previously incarcerated and a focus on wellness for the various communities they do business in. For more information, please visit us at

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 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit

About the Urban Affairs Coalition

The Urban Affairs Coalition is home to 80 nonprofits and community initiatives that work to improve the quality of life in our communities. UAC’s priorities are to build wealth in urban communities, develop youth and young adults, create strategic partnerships, and strengthen nonprofits. To learn more about the Urban Affairs Coalition, please visit