Shoprite’s Partners in Caring program raises funds for hundreds of charitable organizations that work to combat hunger and provide nutrition to the needy. To help publicize the program, Shoprite annually invites local “dignitaries” (an uncomfortable word to apply to oneself) to visit a store and bag groceries for customers. I had the pleasure of doing so yesterday morning and am happy to report that all eggs, fruit, and other fragile items survived the experience without apparent harm.

You see me in the center background of this photograph. To my left is Michelle Oliveros of the City’s Youth Bureau. We made a good team!