President and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute Leslie G. Sarasin revealed the winners of FMI’s 2017 Community Outreach Awards in four categories: Youth Development Programs; Programs Addressing Food Insecurity; Neighborhood Improvement Programs; and the People’s Pick.
Each year, FMI sheds light on the good grocers do by celebrating food retailers that serve their neighborhoods and improve their communities.
“In today’s world it is far too easy to miss is the powerful ripple effect caused by one kind act, and no one demonstrates this better than food retailers,” David Fikes, VP of communications and consumer affairs for FMI wrote in a blog post following the announcement. “Whether it’s helping youth through mentorship or education programs, providing sustenance to the food insecure, or improving the health of their neighborhoods, it’s the oft-unmentioned goodwill of grocers that serve and shape our communities. As community cornerstones, grocers strive to make a difference and extend a helping hand to neighbors near and far.”
The winning programs were:
Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs - Skogen's Festival Foods Turkey Trot: Festival Foods employees contributed in excess of 200 hours to plan and execute the Turkey Trot. In 2016, the event was held in 10 locations and had a total of 31,000 registrants, an increase of 16.32 percent from 2015. The event raised $360,000, and over the span of its nine years, fundraising has totaled $1,930,000.
Programs Addressing Food Insecurity - Hy-Vee, Inc Hurricane Relief: Hy-Vee matched customer and partner donations up to $100,000 to assist in the Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria relief efforts and partnered with the American Red Cross to distribute funds, which totaled $670,468 to hurricane victims. Hy-Vee also donated 5 semi-trailers of bottled water, totaling 187,872 bottles, for victims of Hurricane Harvey, driven to Texas by Hy-Vee drivers.
Youth Development Programs - Family Fare, a SpartanNash company, Culinary Disovery Camps and Restaurant Camps: Family Fare, a SpartanNash company, helps students understand food from farm to table while fine-tuning cooking skills including using a knife, stove and finally serving the prepared meal. SpartanNash donated $5,000 to the Institute of the Culinary Arts to reduce the cost for kids to attend.
People’s Pick Social Media Category Winner - Smart & Final's Grab & Go Food Drives: Each year, the People's Pick is determined by public vote via a Facebook contest hosted by FMI. Smart & Final received the most votes to become the 2017 Community Outreach Award People's Pick winner. During the 2016 holiday season, Smart & Final ran more than 30 Grab & Go programs--inviting customers to donate at checkout and store associates to deliver food. In total, 16,904 Grab & Go bags were donated to 22 food banks and nonprofit organizations, 38,684 pounds of food was donated through customer donations, and 8,000 pounds of food was donated by Smart & Final.
View the announcement via Facebook Live HERE.