PHILADELPHIA, Julio 20, 2011 – Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) today congratulated ShopRite’s Jeffrey Brown, for his acknowledgment by First Lady Michelle Obama. Mr. Brown joined the First Lady today at the White House as she recognized him for his work in providing healthy and affordable food to local communities in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Mr. Brown is President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, a family owned and operated supermarket chain of 10 Philadelphia area ShopRite supermarkets. Additionally, in 2009, Mr. Brown founded the non-profit, UpLift Solutions, to assist retailers and governments in successfully addressing issues of access to quality, affordable food. UpLift allows Mr. Brown to share his supermarket model and experience, on a national basis.

“Jeff’s efforts to make quality, reasonably priced foods available to the people in my District are commendable, and the honor given by the White House today is very well deserved,” said Hughes. “His ShopRite at Parkside Plaza is a perfect example of successful community leadership and development. Jeff knew precisely what the community needed in terms of a local grocery store and played a pivotal role in ensuring the community received it in. I look forward to continuing our community revitalization efforts, including the current development of Baker’s Square in North Philadelphia.”

Mr. Brown was invited to join Mrs. Obama at the White House as she outlines the progress of her campaign to bring healthy and affordable food to every community across the country. Mrs. Obama is making special announcements in support of significant expansion of access to healthy and affordable food as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign.