In the past year, grocers across the country have stepped up with acts of generosity, including building initiatives designed to positively affect and benefit their communities. As part of its Community Outreach Awards, the Washington, D.C.-based Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has awarded four retailers in four categories for their service to others.
People's Pick: Giant Food Stores LLC
The People's Pick award goes to Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food Stores for helping launch the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Healthy Weight Food Pharmacy, which is designed t to help decrease food insecurity in low-income neighborhoods. Families who are eligible for the program are referred to the on-site Food Pharmacy, where they will receive a three-day supply of healthy food and be connected to additional resources that can help address longer-term food-related needs for their families.
Addressing Food Insecurity: Hy-Vee
Heavy rains in the American midwest in the spring of 2019 overwhelmed levees along the Missouri and Platte rivers. This inclement weather resulted in catastrophic flooding for thousands of residents and farmers throughout southwest Iowa and Nebraska.
Hy-Vee, which was honored in the Addressing Food Insecurity category, immediately responded to assist the communities it serves in the affected areas. It teamed up with the Nebraska National Guard and state highway patrols to send eight trucks filled with bottled water and supplies to Fremont, Neb.
Seen here are Hy-Vee employees and friends contributing time and effort to make a difference.
Youth Development: Smart & Final
Smart & Final, winner in the Youth Development category, got employees from its more than 200 stores to participate in the 2018 PastaThon to benefit children in need. Their actions raised $62,280, including 4,528 $10 donations from individuals, along with a total of$12,000 from canister donations and a $5,000 check donation from the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation.
Neighborhood Health Improvement: Publix and Mind Body Social LLC
Launched last year, the Mother’s May Wellness Series initiative between Publix Super Markets and Mind Body Social, winners in the Neighborhood Health Improvement category, celebrates mothers in the community throughout the month of May. It offers a series of free wellness activities and tools that provide opportunities to live healthier lives and to help busy moms balance between work and family, starting with their own self-care.
Moms and kids gather outside among the palm trees in Doral, Fla., for one of the Mother’s May Wellness Series exercise classes.