Saker Family of Middletown ShopRite Pledges $200K to Local Sandy Relief

$50,000 is earmarked for the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, part of a $1 million pledge in food and funds for Sandy relief.

The Saker family, which runs and operates 31 Saker Shoprites in New Jersey, has pledged $200,000 to several Monmouth County charities focused on helping the community recover from Hurricane Sandy.

The beneficiaries include the Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund, Catholic Charities of Monmouth County, Project Paul in Keansburg, the RAINE Foundation based in Hazlet, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, and The Middletown Disaster Relief Fund (MDRF).

The MDRF will distribute $50,000 in supermarket gift cards, said Fund Chairman Tony Fiore.

"Of all the towns that got walloped, Middletown got walloped probably the hardest," said Saker, a township resident, at a luncheon with organization representatives in the Route 35 Middletown store mezzanine on Friday.  "They've got the most displaced people of any town, in this eastern area. More than Keyport, more than Union Beach, believe it or not." 

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray said that close to 1,400 people are affected in Middletown's hard-hit communities of North Middletown, Leonardo, Belford, and Port Monmouth.

Saker praised the community organizations, most of which have been receiving ShopRite donations since Sandy hit on Oct. 29 or before. 

The store president also gave credit to his own Middletown store associates who came to work in the Middletown stores in those first awful days after the storm, even though some of them had lost their homes, and the local first responders and organizations at the luncheon who immediately stepped up in the chaotic situation "too big for the Red Cross or FEMA."

Gary Junstrom February 25, 2013 at 08:44 PM
God bless the Saker family. And to think, these are the kind of people that our president has declared war on.
marylou February 27, 2013 at 05:03 PM
How has the Pres.declared was on people like this family?They are wealthy and can probably afford to pay more taxes.If we need more tax revenue,who else would you llook to pay it.The middleclass is already paying more than the wealthy,and the poor have no extra money.
jerseyswamps February 27, 2013 at 08:40 PM
If they didn't have the tax issues Obama and his ilk have put on them then they'd be able to give more than $200,000. So Obama takes Saker's money and gives it to people he thinks deserve it. Like green companies that contribute to him and vote for him, etc. You're OK with that?


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