Head Start gets help from ShopRite

JACKSON — The owners of Perlmart Inc. and the new Super ShopRite of Jackson — brothers Joel and Michael Perlmutter, along with Jim Haslett — recently made a contribution to the new Head Start program at the Jackson United Methodist Church, Bennetts Mill Road.

The program was presented with funds that enabled it to purchase children’s books, as well as create a media center. The media center includes an audio area where the children can follow along with stories to enhance their reading skills.

Head Start is a federal program that allows low-income families to place their children into full- or partial-day learning programs, similar to nursery school. The participants must meet specific income guidelines. The program is offered at no cost to the parents.

In the spring, the class will visit Super ShopRite in Jackson for a grand tour by store associates and they will work on craft projects in the store’s community room.

The new Perlmutter family Super ShopRite of Jackson is scheduled to open early this year. Michael and Joel Perlmutter and Jim Haslett are members of the Wakefern Food Corp., a cooperative whose members independently own and operate ShopRite supermarkets.

The Perlmutter family currently owns ShopRite stores in Manahawkin, Lacey, Manchester and Toms River.