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ShopRite Lowers Spending Threshold to Get Free Turkeys

It used to be $400. But because of Hurricane Sandy, all you have to do is spend $300 by November 22, and you can get a free turkey for your holiday table.

It's all to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

ShopRite has lowered the amount shoppers must spend in order to qualify for a free Thanksgiving turkey, according to Supermarket News

The traditional ShopRite turkeyfest happens once a year. During that time, shoppers who spend a certain amount of money can pick up a free turkey for their Thanksgiving table.

This year, the supermarket recognizes that people who were affected by the recent hurricane probably didn't have food shopping on their minds - especially with areas of central New Jersey not having electricity, in some cases, for more than a week.

The free turkey threshold was $400. ShopRite has changed that to $300, Supermarket News reports.

The promotion, which runs from October 14 to November 22, requires Price Plus members to spend a qualifying amount to receive the free bird, or to take their pick from ham, turkey breast, kosher chicken, or other items. 

Shoppers can pick their free bird up through November 22. 

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mikel November 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
The point was not that Shoprite doesn't donate food to the needy, they certainly do. The point is that it is ridiculous to praise them for dropping the minimum back down to $300. They are doing this because many of their stores were out of power resulting in lost days where ppl could not shop during the qualifying period. It's nice of them to do this, but I wouldn't call it an act "to help people affected by Sandy". I think by calling it that, they are just trying to look good. And a corporation such as this should have another way to help those affected by Sandy rather than such a minimal act.
Veronica Adamkiewicz November 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM
They have done much to help those effected by the storm . . . again get your facts straight. I swear some people just aren't happy unless they have something to complain about. Find something "real" to complain about. Did you lose a loved one to the storm? Did you lose your house and everything in it? If so, I'm deeply sorry for you and everyone who has. The ones who did aren't complaining about such trivial BS.
Donna Parente November 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Back in October, I questioned whether they shortened the time to achieve the $400. Didn't they used to start it in September?
Deborah Bell (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Jerseyshore girl is right. ShopRite is a great corporate citizen. A lot of companies like to get the PR out of doing something minimal or with a ton of strings. ShopRite is the opposite.
mikel November 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
@jerseyshoregirl....are you the moderator who decides what opinion people are allowed to have? I don't believe so. There was no complaining here, simply a comment stating my opinion about the article. To ask me if I lost a loved one or lost my home in the storm is frankly in poor taste and would be hurtful to any readers who have suffered such a loss.
Veronica Adamkiewicz November 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM
@mikel . . . .my comments/questions weren't directly aimed towards you. I agree everyone has a right to their own opinion. I wasn't trying to turn this into an argument of sorts. Just as you were doing, I was stating my opinion backed by first hand knowledge...........my apologies
R Ryan November 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You only have to spend $150 to get a free turkey at the new Fresh Grocer by Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. It is open 24 hours too.
bayway mike November 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
looks like it's time for a road-trip!!!
Melissa November 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Some who weren't able to shop due to no power are grateful for this because we hadn't spent that THANK YOU SHOPRITE
Linda November 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM
What I would like to know is why it went up to 400.00 when it has always been 300.00? Anyway you look at it we always wind up getting screwed!
Cathleen DiBenedetto November 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
How do you end up getting screwed? You are getting a free turkey if you want it.
Cathleen DiBenedetto November 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM
ShopRite or any store for that matter does not, and I repeat does not have to give you anything. They are a business and it is there choice to do this promotion. If you don't like it, then don't do it...Don't get your free turkey...I am thankful to ShopRite for what they have chosen to do...I get my free turkey and I give it to the Outreach program in my church so a needy family has something for Thanksgiving..Be glad for what you have. So many people have nothing..Live each and every day to it's fullest...Be Happy and be Kind...Life is truly very short don't waste your time on the negative..Negative gets negative...Positive gets positive...Have a Blessed Thanksgiving..and really be thankful for what you have , not what you don't have..
Leslie Bianczik November 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
What a bunch of whiners on here. If you can't spend $3-400 in a couple weeks of grocery shopping, do you really need a whole turkey anyway?? I spend $400 at shoprite in 2 trips. If my family was any smaller I what the heck would I do with a whole turkey?
Yenner November 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Great move by Shoprite. We are about $30 away from $300 and need to find a way to donate it now. Complainers need to get a grip on reality.
Stay at home mama November 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Wakefern Food Corp. announced today that on behalf of its ShopRite and PriceRite stores, it will donate up to $1 million in both funds and in-kind donations to assist in the relief efforts for those struggling in the wake of super storm Sandy. The company’s support will focus on regional food banks in the areas its stores serve throughout the Northeast who are providing meals and other assistance to those who have been displaced from their homes. “The areas hardest hit by the storm are at the center of where our stores are located and our associates live. Many of those devastated by Sandy are our friends and neighbors. Reaching out and providing meals and other supplies remains our primary focus and effort in the days following the storm, said Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. "To that end, Wakefern has committed $1 million in funds and in-kind donations to help aid in post-storm relief and recovery." In the hours following the storm, individual stores began addressing the needs of their communities, donating food, water and ice to local charities and government agencies. As relief efforts progressed, truckloads of food, water and prepared meals have been dispatched from Wakefern’s warehouses to regional food banks that are on the front line of relief efforts.
Stay at home mama November 15, 2012 at 01:55 PM
All of you complaining what have you donated? I know, you are one of the people that go to shop rite and ask for a donation, so you can get the credit for it. This program has been working for years, so much in the past free turkey donations were turned away from shelters, because in the past you could earn multiple free turkeys
Stay at home mama November 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
What are you donating? Read up on all the donations they make year round, not just because of Sandy. In the past you did get multiple free turkeys, so many chutes and shelters were refusing them.
Stay at home mama November 15, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Again this is not the only thing they are doing. They were not with out power for days. They have generators.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS November 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Hey stay at home mama did Wakefern Food Corp, tell you that 10 years ago they use to add chicken bones to the package to bring of the weight to charge you somemore. If you need to check ask New Jersey weights and measures, there always finding problems with there scales. This is won of there locked in savings. As far as the free turkey your paying for it. Or how about the 28% profit they make on the poland spring water you buy. I asked the question in shoprite so who votes them as being the best supermarket 14 years in a row, couldn't get a straight answer, must be the company that makes the signs.
Stay at home mama November 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Never heard of the chicken bone nor do I believe you. I am sure you ask random cashiers who wouldn't know what you are talking about regarding a survey. I spend a lot on groceries no matter what so the turkey is a bonus. I buy what is on sale in fact they had a deal on Poland spring water the week of the storm.Hopefully you don't shop there, being you are so unsatisfied. I hope your not one that keeps going and complaining.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS November 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Stay at home MaMa: Ever since the day the Meat Package Manager Told my Aunt that she needed to add the extra bones to bring the weight up, she told him no way, that's fraud. Well just think today he's the district manager for 4 stores! As far as for the cashiers they nothing but robots. Pickup object then scan, then put object in bag. I suppose you one of those shoppers that goes for the sucker rewards, buy 7 p&g products and get $5.00 off your next shopping trip. While this week hellman's is $2.88, during reward week it's $4.59 another locked in saving at scamrite. Wholesale on poland spring is only $0.12 a bottle or $2.88 a case. This week's sale on poland spring 2 for $8.00, great deal for shoprite 39% profit.
DennyD November 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Cathleen DiBenedetto November 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Are you saying business are not supposed to make a profit? Well then you never worked in retail, their markup is almost 100% ..Are you not going to shop for anything anymore, make your own clothes,grow your own food, raise your own cows and chickens! Why are you knocking something you don't have to do...Don't shop at ShopRite , no one is forcing you to go there...And how dare you make fun of someone who is out there trying to make a living as a cashier! You think you are better then them!
Stay at home mama November 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Official business. I don't coupon or hoard I buy what I need and buy what is on sale. I am not familiar with the reward program, my guess would be kraft or p&g sets that up. Yes they make a profit how could they stay in business if they didn't. Shop rites are individually owned I am confident that your meat story didn't take place at a Perlmart store. Again I hope you choose to shop elsewhere and don't just go to complain and study the flyer.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS November 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Cathleen DiBenedetto: I no more about retail then you will ever no. 100% is nothing in retail, try the jewelry business as much as a 1000%. Even better Burlington coat Factory men's faux jacket only $49.99 direct from china, wholesale price $3.67 each. Straight from Ningbo, China. 99% of the labels there are from China. Buy Local.
Project Bluebeam November 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I know more about spelling than you know!
Rena McCain November 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
i agree with you Jerseyshoregirl4...complain about apk towing instead...at least that is worthy of discussing and complaining about......leave shoprite alone!!
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