When you dig into your morning bowl of Cheerios starting next week, two Galloway neighbors will be smiling at you from the box.
Sandra Jusino and Brittney Melanson, both Galloway residents, are featured on special-edition Cheerios box for their work in fighting hunger.
The ShopRite employees helped their store triumph in a contest to raise money for National Hunger Awareness Month this past September. This year, ShopRite issued a challenge to its employees: raise $1 million to support local food banks in communities that ShopRite serves.
And raise the money they did, so Cheerios and ShopRite teamed up to create a special-edition box featuring 90 ShopRite employees. The employees come from 45 winning stores.
Jusino and Melanson have a closer connection than just coworkers—they’re mother and daughter. During the contest, Melanson would come to the store to support her mom and collect donations. She ended up landing a job at the ShopRite as well.
The pair will grace 200,000 boxes of Cheerios sold only at ShopRite. The box will be unveiled during a March 28 ceremony at the Galloway store on South Pitney Road.
“We are so thankful to ShopRite associates for their dedication to help those in their community who struggle with the issue of hunger,” Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring, said in a statement. "It is truly remarkable how the involvement in our hunger-fighting activities grows every year, increasing the money raised for people in need. We are grateful to the leadership of our store associates and the support of General Mills, who make this all possible."