Inserra Supermarkets is recognized by customers and communities in the Northeast as the local family-owned supermarket company dedicated to supporting national research and community organizations. Each summer, the company hosts a number of fundraising events in support of the DRI at all of its 22 ShopRite stores and Price Rite of Garfield. This year, they raised approximately $168,000, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Inserra Family Foundation for a total gift of $336,000.
“The generosity of all of the members of the ShopRite Family from associates and customers to managers and the Inserra Family is unsurpassed,” stated Joshua Rednik, DRIF president and CEO. “I was so impressed to learn that the associates in each of the stores give with all their hearts, organizing these events during their free time – all while completely engaging the community to join in the effort. It’s tremendous!”
While most of the events are focused on family fun, they always have a healthy living component, and that’s something of which Lindsey Inserra-Hughes, vice president of health and Wellness at Inserra Supermarkets, is extremely proud.
“Our team of dedicated, community based registered retail dietitians provide free in store counseling services to our associates, our customers and our communities. They provide people with the tools they need to eat and live healthy,” she said. “The best compliments we receive are from people who have seen their health improve and who share their success with us.”
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, Lindsey is a passionate supporter of the DRI and serves as the Young Professionals’ Chair of the DRIF’s Northeast Board. Her mother, Bonnie Inserra, serves as Vice Chair for the organization’s National Board of Directors, as well as on its Executive Committee and the Northeast Region Board. The Inserra Family will stop at nothing until a cure is found, and according to Bonnie, “We all believe the cure for diabetes will come from the amazing work being conducted at the DRI.”
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation extends a very special thank you to Larry Inserra and the entire Inserra Family, as well as all the Inserra Supermarkets employees and customers who help to make these ongoing events so successful.