UAC and Brown's ShopRite to Give Away 1,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Needy Families

November 17, 2011

When:  Monday, November 21, 2011, 9:00 am
  ShopRite of Oregon Avenue (parking lot*), 24th and Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA (215) 336-7300, *Event will be in the store in the case of inclement weather

Who:  Featured guests include State Senator Anthony Williams, State Representative Ronald Waters, State Representative Kenyatta  Johnson, Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Lisa Cliff, Vice President of Sales for Glory Foods, and Sandy Brown from Brown’s Family ShopRite.

What: Brown’s ShopRite, nonprofit UpLift Solutions and the Urban Affairs Coalition, along with State Representative Anthony Williams  and State Representative Ronald Waters,will partner for a tremendous Thanksgiving Basket distribution. In conjunction withtheir major sponsors Pepsi and Glory Foods, who supply many of the items in the baskets given out for the Thanksgiving Holiday, they will feed over 6,000 individuals citywide and give them a meal to remember.

Community partners from across the city will distribute the Thanksgiving baskets to families in need that they have identified. A team of 50 to 75 volunteers will assemble at the ShopRite of Oregon Avenue on Saturday, November 19th to prepare the baskets for distribution. Volunteers from all of the partners involved     will be on hand to help with the packing of the baskets. Media and journalists are welcome to help with the packing of the boxes.

The event on Monday, November, 21st will take place in the ShopRite of Oregon Avenue parking area where the baskets will be distributed to the local community groups. 

About Brown’s Super Stores
Brown’s Super Stores is a family owned and operated supermarket chain of 10 Philadelphia area ShopRite supermarkets and was founded in 1988 by President and CEO Jeffrey Brown. Brown’s is headquartered in Westville, New Jersey. The Company was recognized as one of “The Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal three years in as row, as well as recognized by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and NJBiz as the top large company work place in the region. Brown’s has been well recognized for its dedication to the communities it serves. 

About UpLift Solutions
UpLift Solutions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded by Jeff Brown in 2009 as a platform to share his supermarket model and experience on a national basis. Brown has pioneered the effort of eliminating food deserts in the U.S. by working with government agencies, non-profits and industry to create job opportunities and address issues specific to “at-risk” communities, including limited access to healthy food.  For more information, visit

About Urban Affairs Coalition
Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) is a nonprofit organization committed to solving urban issues through partnerships between the grassroots community organizations, business and government. With a network of more than 80 program partners located throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Coalition drives change through policies, programs and helping nonprofits realize their potential. Visit the website