The Rite Aid Foundation lets customers choose the charity they want to support through 204 approved KidCents charities on

  • Beginning Today, Members of wellness+ Able to Designate Their Change to Charity of Their Choice
  • Rite Aid Foundation to Award More than $2 Million in Grants to Inaugural Class of 204 KidCents Charities
  • Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf on Hand to Honor Mid-State Nonprofits

Camp Hill, Pa., 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation is taking charitable giving to the next level by letting customers choose the charity they want to support through 204 approved KidCents charities on

Marking the occasion, Rite Aid associates across the country will present $10,000 checks to each of the 204 inaugural KidCents charities, totaling over $2 million in donations, starting today and continuing through the week. This initial group of KidCents charities was selected by Rite Aid associates across the country and is representative of all the communities the company serves.

Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation, along with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, will help launch the nationwide celebrations by presenting two local nonprofit organizations, Leg Up Farm of Mt. Wolf and Family Support of Central Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, each with $10,000. The presentation will take place today at 9 a.m. at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 1137 Market Street in Lemoyne, Pa., near the company’s Camp Hill corporate headquarters. The Foundation will provide a total of $250,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit children’s charities during the course of the week.

“We know our customers share our passion when it comes to giving back to the community, and that’s why we created KidCents,” said Martindale. “By shopping at Rite Aid and rounding up their purchases, our customers can easily make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids right in their own community. And our initial group of charities is just the beginning, as we hope that customers who are already involved with an organization that supports children’s health and wellbeing will encourage that charity to apply to join KidCents, taking our program to a whole new level, helping even more kids.”

To participate, Rite Aid customers can sign into their and review the profiles of approved KidCents charities they can choose to support. Each charity profile features information about the organization and the services it provides as well as stories of those helped by the organization. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change will be designated to their selected charity.

“As a public health official and as a father, I know how valuable it is for our children and young people to receive the resources they need to have the highest quality of life and health possible,” said Wolf. “KidCents provides an opportunity for people to make small contributions that can create lifelong impacts to the communities they serve.”

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents< to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. Once approved, KidCents charities are also eligible to earn a “

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $17 million to nonprofit organizations, and Rite Aid has partnered with its customers to raise and donate $65 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at


The Rite Aid Foundation’s inaugural KidCents charities include:

Autism Spectrum Counseling Center Incorporated
Cullman Caring for Kids
The Child Advocacy Center
YouthServe, Inc.

Alliance for Children’s Rights
Bay Area Crisis Nursery
Children: Our Ultimate Investment
Children Today
Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County, Inc.
Children’s Fund
Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County
Coastal Kids Home Care
Emilio Nares Foundation
Exceptional Parents Unlimited, Inc. (EPU Children’s Center)
Find the Children
Free Arts for Abused Children
Happy Trails Children’s Foundation
Healthier Kids Foundation
Home Start Inc.
Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc.
M.A.R.E. Riding Center
Miracle Babies
Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center
Project Hope Alliance
Rosie’s Garage
Speech and Language Development Center
T.H.E. Center, Inc.
The Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth & Families
The Children’s Center of Antelope Valley
Youth Violence Prevention Council

Children’s Outreach Project

Covenant to Care for Children
‘r Kids, Inc.

Children & Families First

Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Inc.
Challenged Child & Friends, Inc.
H.E.R.O. for Children
Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center
Savannah Speech and Hearing Center
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, Inc.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
Home of the Innocents
Hope’s Place
The Backpack Club
The Center for Courageous Kids

The Emerge Center
Youth Empowerment Project

Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake Inc.
Mahoosuc Kids Association
Spruce Run

Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Charles County Children’s Aid Society
KEEN Greater DC
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Children’s Cove
DCF Kids Fund
DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
House of Possibilities
The Home for Little Wanderers
The New England Center for Children

CARE House of Oakland County
Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County
Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Ele’s Place
Ennis Center for Children
Kids’ Food Basket
Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team
The Children’s Center
Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Whaley Children’s Center
Youth Development Commission

Mississippi Children’s Home Services

North Carolina
American Children’s Home
Eliada Homes, Inc.
Elon Homes and Schools for Children
Lucy Daniels Center
The Little Willie Center
Thompson Child & Family Focus
Voices Together
Wilmington Health Access for Teens

New Hampshire
Dover Children’s Home
Nashua Children’s Home
Spaulding Youth Center Foundation

New Jersey
Anchor House
Circle of Care for Families and Children of Passaic County, Inc.
Community Treatment Solutions
Deirdre’s House
Good Grief
Miracle for Mateo
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children
Ocean of Love, Inc.
Saint Peter’s Orphanage
Summit Speech School
The Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey
Wynona’s House

New York
Association to Benefit Children
Astor Services for Children & Families
Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth
Brooklyn Autism Center
Center for Disability Services
Children’s Aid Society Bronx Family Center
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
Compass House
Covenant House New York
Cradle Beach
Double H Ranch
Elmcrest Children’s Center
Feel Better Kids, Inc.
Guild for Exceptional Children
Hillside Children’s Center
Hunts Point Alliance for Children
Kids Oneida Inc.
Kids Place A Place for Kids to Be II, Inc.
Learning Leaders
McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center
Nicholas Center for Autism
Partnership for After School Education
Pathways, Inc.
Renaissance Youth Center
Rochester Childfirst Network
Safe Inc., of Schenectady
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children
Summit Educational Resources
The Autism Council of Rochester
The Child Center of NY
The Children’s Aid Society
Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch

Canton Ex-Newsboys Association
Cleveland Sight Center
Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center
Feed Lucas County Children, Inc.
For Love of Children
Inspiring Minds
Millcreek Children’s Center
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Youth Challenge

Children’s Cancer Association
KIDS Center
SouthSide Youth Outreach

Camelot for Children, Inc.
Caring Place
Child to Family Connections
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley Inc.
Cora Services
Delaware Valley Children’s Charity
Dragonfly Forest
Dreams Go On
Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
Family Support of Central PA
Feel the Warmth
Grady’s Decision
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Jeremiah’s Place
Leg Up Farm
Mighty Writers
NorthEast Treatment Center
Northeastern Child Care Services
Philadelphia Children’s Foundation
So Love Autistic Center
The Center for Grieving Children
The Children’s Home of Reading
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Children’s Friend and Service
The Matty Fund

South Carolina
Epworth Children’s Home
Pendleton Place for Children and Families
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

Chattanooga Autism Center
Mur-Ci Homes, Inc.
Y-Mot, Inc.

Foundation for Children and Youth with Diabetes

New England Kurn Hattin Homes
Spectrum Youth & Family Services

Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol/Washington County VA Inc.
Edmarc Hospice for Children
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
Henry & William Evans Home for Children Inc.
Homestretch Inc.
Matthew’s Haven, Inc.
Noah’s Children
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
Youth for Tomorrow

A Gift for Special Children
Burned Children Recovery Foundation
Reliable Enterprises
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

West Virginia
Childhood Language Center
Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
Crittenton Services, Inc.
Disability Action Center Inc.



Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Meijer announces 24/7 pharmacy service to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan

Retailer providing in-store and drive-thru services around the clock

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer now offers pharmacy services around-the-clock to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo.  The expansion to new 24/7 pharmacy service at its 5121 S. Westnedge location in Portage officially began last week and features immunizations, health screenings and medication therapy management, said Nat Love, vice president of Drug Store for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“We’re pleased to announce that our Neighbors in Portage and Kalamazoo can now get their prescriptions and receive pharmacy services whenever it’s most convenient for them,” Love said. “Our customers now have the comfort and assurance that no matter when they need assistance, we’re here for them and ready to help.”

The Kalamazoo store was chosen to offer expanded in-store and drive-thru services based on the current need for a 24-hour pharmacy in the area, and close proximity to urgent care centers and local hospitals. While it is the third store in Michigan to offer 24/7 pharmacy services, Meijer will continue considering other locations based on customer reaction and feedback.

The pharmacy accepts all major insurance plans and offers the company’s free prescription program as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The free prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 21 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $300 million.

Immunizations offered at the pharmacy include flu, hepatitis B, HPV and shingles, as well as free health tests for blood pressure, BMI and diabetes risk assessment.

Customers can also enroll in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards program to earn rewards for filling prescriptions at Meijer. For every five eligible prescriptions filled, customers can earn one of the following: $10 off their total shopping purchase, 5 percent off total grocery and health and beauty purchases, or 50 cents off per gallon of Meijer gas. They can also hang onto rewards and keep filling prescriptions to earn double rewards, saving as much as $1 per gallon on gas or $20 off their next shopping visit. To start earning rewards, customers just go to and sign up in the “rewards” section.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 761-791-3943,


Meijer announces 24/7 pharmacy service to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan

Meijer announces 24/7 pharmacy service to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan

Target Corp. to open its sixth TargetExpress store in the South Park area of San Diego in July 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) today announced plans for its sixth TargetExpress store, opening in the South Park area of San Diego in July 2015. The store will be located at the northeast Corner of Grape Street and Fern Street. At approximately 19,000 square feet, this store will be about 14 percent of the size of a typical general merchandise Target store (135,000 square feet).

TargetExpress offers guests a convenient stop for essentials with a quick trip experience that is distinctly Target. Like other TargetExpress locations, the South Park store will offer an edited assortment that is locally relevant to meet urban guests’ quick trip wants and needs at an everyday value. For example, this store could include TargetExpress features such as grab and go food options, a full Beauty department and a Pharmacy. The specific offering at the South Park TargetExpress will be determined as construction gets underway.

Target currently operates one TargetExpress store in Minneapolis, and the San Diego location is the fifth store to be announced for a 2015 opening.  Three of these stores will be located in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Minn.

Target sees an opportunity to serve urban guests in the vibrant, densely populated neighborhood of South Park. Filled with boutiques and restaurants, South Park sees heavy foot traffic from locals and tourists alike.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.


Target Corp. to open its sixth TargetExpress store in the South Park area of San Diego in July 2015

Target Corp. to open its sixth TargetExpress store in the South Park area of San Diego in July 2015

Target Corp. unveils its annual list of top toys for the upcoming holidays

Annual list blends favorite brands and Target exclusives, while new assortment focuses on learning and creative play benefits

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) today unveiled  its annual list of top toys for the upcoming holidays, as well as a new and expanded assortment of boutique brand toys that are designed to inspire creative play.

Through partnerships with dozens of specialty toy brands, including Wonderology, Hape, Mindware and more, Target is offering hundreds of toys in stores and at that have traditionally only been found at small boutiques.  The boutique brand toys focus on play patterns such as discovery, exploration and imagination that promote child development.  First available in August, the assortment boasts high quality construction and includes animal figures and play sets, wooden toys, arts & crafts, science kits and more.

“One of this year’s top toy trends is to focus on how creative play helps children advance cognitive development, increase exploration and recognize their abilities to function in the world,” said Ken Seiter, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Toy Industry Association.  “We are excited to see Target emphasizing the importance of creative play by offering this new and expanded assortment.”

“As we approach the holidays, guests can count on Target whether they’re searching for the toy that everyone is talking about or the game that will be sure to spark a child’s imagination,” said Kathee Tesija, executive vice president and chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Target.  “Target is dedicated to offering our guests an expansive toy assortment to help them find the perfect gift for every kid on their list.”

Target’s Top Toy List

Target’s top toy list includes an expanded selection of kid-focused electronic items as well as the toys that will be most in demand this holiday season.  Partnering with top manufacturers to identify the hottest kids’ gifts for the season, the list features kids’ favorite brands, Target exclusives and selections for boys and girls of all ages.  Toys are highlighted by age to easily identify the right gift for every child:

9 Months to 3 Years

4 Years to 6 Years

7 Years to 9 Years

Kids’ 10 Years and Up


About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at  Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

For more information, visit

Note: Target welcomes the media to its stores. To contact your local store about shooting b-roll or photos or to request a local interview, please visit “Find a Store” at and contact the Leader on Duty. You also may visit to access product information, photos, and more.

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Immochan’s Italian subsidiary GCI transfers 3 assets worth €266 million to real estate investment fund managed by E.N.P.A.M foundation

Immochan’s Italien subsidiary GCI transfers 3 assets to a real estate investment fund, managed by the E.N.P.A.M foundation, worth €266 million.

Croix, France, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — The portfolio value, worth €266 million, concerns the shopping malls of Mestre, Bussolengo and Mesagne, with a total surface area of nearly 60,000 sqm. The transaction includes the future extension of the Bussolengo shopping mall, which will be transferred in the Fund at the time of its opening.

Immochan will be issued a minority stake in the fund and will provide property and leasing management services in relation to these assets. The majority investor is the ENPAM Foundation, National Welfare and Assistance Fund for doctors and dentists.

This transaction is part of Immochan’s very ambitious expansion strategy that plan on carrying out about 70 projects of creation and extension of its shopping centers in the next 3 years and a total investment amount of approximately €1.7 billion. Investments including in Italy, where in 2013, Immochan completed the extension of Mestre and Vimodrone and where other mall extensions are expected by 2018 in Rescaldina, at the gateway of Milan, Piacenza, Fano and Taranto.


Giant Food’s school fundraiser A+ School Rewards kicks-off to Raise $2 Million for Mid-Atlantic Schools

26th Annual Giant Food Fundraiser to Raise $2 Million for Mid-Atlantic Schools

Landover, Md., 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — The kick-off to the new school year also marks the start of Giant Food’s popular school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards, where customers can help earn money for their local schools every time they shop. Since 1989, Giant customers have helped their local schools earn more than $90 million through A+ School Rewards.

To participate in the program, customers must sign up and designate up to two schools in their local community by visiting their local Giant Food or at A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using one’s Giant card. Customers who designated schools last year do not need to re-designate their school(s) but are encouraged to confirm their school IDs by going to Customers do not need to have a child in school to support their local community. A+ School Rewards is open to everyone and customers can sign up to support a school outside of their local community in order to support a friend or family member’s school. Schools will begin earning points when the program begins on October 3 and continuing through March 19. Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ website.

“Giant Food is very proud to support thousands of students and teachers across Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Delaware through our annual A+ School Rewards program,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food. “The proceeds from this fundraiser allow schools to establish innovative programs utilizing new technologies and expand the boundaries of traditional educational opportunities.”

There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs. Last year’s top earning school Mater Dei in Bethesda, Maryland received a donation of $27,353.89 through the program.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit

(301) 341-8776

New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island Limited to refurbish New World Orewa located at Moana Ave, Orewa

Orewa, New Zealand, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is pleased to announce that it has lodged an application for resource consent to refurbish New World Orewa, located at Moana Ave, Orewa.

“The proposed refurbishment of New World Orewa will bring a lighter, brighter and better New World shopping experience for our customers,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Limited. “The refurbishment will introduce plenty of natural light, wider aisles and a more spacious retail environment, plus plenty of car parking. The new look store means that we can provide an improved offer, with the great service, prices and range our customers expect from New World.”

As well as works inside the store, the car park will be expanded and its layout improved.

Subject to receiving resource consent, it is anticipated that work will start in the second quarter of 2015. The store will be open during the refurbishment and customers will be able to follow the progress as the new store takes shape.  There will be plenty of car parking and the New World staff will make sure customers can do all their shopping in a safe and convenient environment.

Catherine Versalko-West, the new owner operator of New World Orewa, is excited about the new look store. “I’m delighted to be in Orewa. I am really looking forward to providing our customers with a bigger and brighter store, with wide aisles, lots of exciting fresh food and grocery products, and all the great personal service our customers enjoy.”


Equity One, Inc. announces $88.9 million of net proceeds from its previously announced underwritten public offering of 3,825,000 shares of its common stock

North Miami Beach, FL, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Equity One, Inc. (NYSE: EQY), an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, announced today the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of 3,825,000 shares of its common stock, resulting in approximately $88.9 million of net proceeds to the Company, before expenses.

Concurrently with the closing of the public offering, Gazit First Generation LLC, an entity affiliated with Equity One’s largest stockholder, Gazit-Globe, Ltd., purchased directly from the Company an aggregate of 675,000 shares of common stock, resulting in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $15.7 million, before expenses.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds to fund development and redevelopment activities, to repay secured and unsecured debt, and for general corporate purposes.

Citigroup is acting as the sole underwriter of the offering.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. A final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus related to the offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the prospectus
supplement and prospectus related to these securities may be obtained, when available, from Citigroup, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, or by telephone (800) 831-9146.

As of June 30, 2014, our consolidated shopping center portfolio comprised 135 properties, including 113 retail properties and six non-retail properties totaling approximately 14.6 million square feet of gross leasable area, or GLA, 11 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 1.8 million square feet of GLA upon completion, and five land parcels. As of June 30, 2014, our consolidated shopping center occupancy was 94.2% and included national, regional and local tenants. Additionally, we had joint venture interests in 18 retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 3.2 million
square feet of GLA.

Certain matters discussed by Equity One in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, among others, statements about the use of proceeds from the offering. Although Equity One believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that these expectations will be achieved. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include volatility in the capital markets and changes in borrowing rates; changes in macro-economic conditions and the demand for retail space in the states in which Equity One owns properties; the continuing financial success of Equity One’s current and prospective tenants; the risks that Equity One may not be able to proceed with or obtain
necessary approvals for development or redevelopment projects or that it may take more time to complete such projects or incur costs greater than anticipated; the availability of properties for acquisition; the timing, extent and ultimate proceeds realized from asset 2 dispositions; the extent to which continuing supply constraints occur in geographic markets where Equity One owns properties; the success of Equity One’s efforts to lease up vacant space; changes in key personnel; the effects of natural and other disasters; the ability of Equity One to successfully integrate the operations and systems of acquired companies and properties; changes in Equity One’s credit ratings; and other risks, which are described in Equity One’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For additional information:
Mark Langer, EVP and
Chief Financial Officer

Equity One, Inc.
1600 NE Miami Gardens Drive
North Miami Beach, FL 33179

Walmart Foundation launches nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger

Teaming up with Celebrity Chef G. Garvin and Six of the Nation’s Largest Food Companies, the Campaign will Provide $3.7 Million in Donations to Feeding America Food Banks Across the United States

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sept.15, 2014), the Walmart Foundation launches Fight Hunger. Spark Change., a nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger. The campaign will provide $3.7 million in grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief to millions of people in need of food assistance. As part of the initiative, Walmart is teaming up with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host, G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at

The initiative launches during a critical time in our nation when food banks are facing a growing need for donations due to historically high rates of food insecurity. Feeding America recently released its Hunger in America 2014 report showing that in a single year one in seven Americans, including 12 million children, turn to the Feeding America food bank network for food assistance. To help Feeding America meet this need, Walmart is teaming up with six of the nation’s largest food companies – including General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company – to support food banks and local partner agencies across the country.

“Hunger remains a serious issue in our country as millions of Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. By engaging our associates, customers and suppliers in the fight against hunger, we can make a positive impact on this issue and ensure families have access to the healthier and nutritious food they need,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Through this initiative, we’re giving everyone in America the opportunity to make a difference by simply voting online for their local food bank.”

From September 15 through October 5, customers can visit to cast one vote per day that will help direct grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies across the country. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant. The campaign also provides information on how customers can donate or volunteer to take a direct action in the fight against hunger in their local communities.

“One of my biggest passions as a chef is showing people how simple it can be to make healthy and delicious meals for their families,” said Chef Garvin. “Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is making it simple and fun for the public to get involved and will help ensure all families have access to the healthy and nutritious food they need. I could not be more proud to support a cause that matters so much to so many.”

Through the initiative, the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals¹ will be donated to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the United States.

“At Feeding America, we believe no one in America should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from so we are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart to help make this vision a reality,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “Through this initiative, Walmart, along with its associates, customers and suppliers will make a lasting impact in helping to reduce hunger in America.”

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to impact the issue of hunger in the United States and joining with customers, suppliers, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations will only help magnify its efforts.

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is just one step towards Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, and give more people access to nutrition education. As part of that commitment, Walmart is also working to ensure the food donated is fresh and a healthy alternative.

To participate in the voting campaign, learn more about the program, including details on participating products, visit


About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion commitment to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

¹In January 2014, Walmart donated the monetary equivalent of 33 million meals ($3.3 million) to Feeding America. In September 2014, the six participating food companies (General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company) have collectively pledged to donate the monetary equivalent of 4.26 million meals ($426,000). $1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.


Starbucks, the Schultz Family Foundation and YouthBuild USA launched the Retail Excellence Training Program to give students an opportunity to learn customer service skills

SEATTLE, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Two young people with completely different upbringings were certain of two things – nobody would help them and the future was bleak.

One was homeless after leaving the foster care system.

“Life is heartbreaking sometimes,” said 23-year-old Shane Holmes. “What are you supposed to do when no one wants to give you a chance, no matter how hard you try?”

The other, who had dropped out of school at the age of 15, was struggling to hold a steady job.

“My motto used to be prepare for the worst and don’t get your hopes up. I had my guard up for sure,” said Vernita Page, now 20.

Shane and Vernita were among the estimated 6.7 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working  – one of the fastest growing populations in the country. In the past, young people in those circumstances were called “at-risk youth,” but today they’re considered America’s “opportunity youth,” according to a leading advocate for engaging young adults.

“We, as a nation, have a great opportunity to invest in these young people,” said Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA, which has a 36-year track record of preparing more than 130,000 young people around the country with work and life skills. “There is tremendous intelligence locked up in this group of people. Untapped, positive energy is unleashed when they feel respected, cared about and guided toward setting their own goals and achieving them.”

For the past 10 years, Starbucks and the Schultz Family Foundation have witnessed the unleashing of that positive energy through a barista skills training program for opportunity youth – started by two Seattle non-profits – YouthCare and FareStart. Nearly 500 young adults have graduated, with 70% securing jobs in the retail and customer service sectors.

Now, Starbucks, the Schultz Family Foundation and YouthBuild USA have launched the Retail Excellence Training Program. This national program gives students an opportunity to learn customer service skills – based on the same training Starbucks store partners (employees) receive – through classroom and on-the-job experience in retail or café settings. In addition to Seattle, it is available in Gulfport, Mississippi and Harlem, New York at YouthBuild sites in those communities. Around 170 students are set to graduate this year.

Scaling up from Seattle

In 1996, Sheri and Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo of Starbucks, established the Schultz Family Foundation. From her leadership role as president of the foundation, Sheri has been integrally involved with the barista training program.

“I am thrilled to see this program blossom into a life-changing opportunity for hundreds of youth across the country,” said Sheri Schultz. “This is so much more than a training program. It’s a chance for participants to gain direction, purpose and positive reinforcement – sometimes for the first time in their lives. I have seen so many young people light up with self-confidence and passion through this program. They are truly rewriting the script of their lives, and that is a huge win for them and for all of us.”

YouthCare provided life skills coaching, resume and job search support and connections to other services. FareStart offered classroom training in food prep and on-the-job training at its café. Starbucks joined the non-profits in supporting the program, and the impact grew. While some graduates found jobs with Starbucks, others secured opportunities with retailers, coffee shops and small businesses.

Several years ago Schultz met Dorothy Stoneman, a pioneer in the movement to connect disengaged young adults with real and inspiring opportunities. Stoneman had built a network of more than 260 YouthBuild programs around the country in partnership with local non-profits (including YouthCare in Seattle) and with the U.S. Department of Labor that funds local YouthBuild programs.

Each YouthBuild program offers low-income people ages 16 to 24 the opportunity to work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. In recent years additional career tracks have been made available in health care and technology. Upon exiting the program, graduates are placed in college, jobs, or both.

The Retail Excellence Training Program will provide additional opportunities for young adults at an expanding number of YouthBuild program sites including CLIMB in Gulfport, Mississippi and Abyssinian Development Corporation in Harlem, New York.

Over the course of 8 to 10 weeks, each student completes 80 hours of technical retail and barista skills training and 80 hours in a customer-service role. Upon completion of the program the young graduates receive four semester hours, accredited by the American Council on Education, and a paycheck for their time. They also receive assistance with their job search, applications, interview preparation and placement.

“Fundamentally we – along with Starbucks and the Schultz Family Foundation – believe in empowering young people to find their internal strength to overcome the odds,” said Stoneman. “We’re helping individuals who in turn are helping their families and communities.”

‘On the Road to Greatness’

Shane Holmes was convinced adults didn’t care about him.

He bounced from one foster home to another as a child and was homeless as a teenager. Ducking into a neon-green Seattle shelter one day, he met YouthCare counselors who encouraged him to get his GED in 2010. More recently, they helped him gain job skills through the Retail Excellence Training Program. Holmes received his certificate on September 5, 2014.

“I’ve learned a lot about how to interact with customers to make sure they’re getting what they want, even if they’re not expressing a need,” Holmes said. “As long as I’m upbeat and trying to put the customer first, I find things work out pretty well.”

Along with specific barista skills, Holmes said the program gave him experience working with teams.

Asked about his future, Holmes smiled, nodded and said, “I have a lot of life goals now.” He wants to study botany and eventually buy a small acreage in Eastern Washington to become “fully self-sustained.”

Vernita Page said feels good about her career possibilities for the first time in five years. She also graduated from the program and recently accepted a position serving customers at a Starbucks kiosk in a local grocery store.

“Over these past few weeks, I realized people are trying to help me,” she said. “I’ve learned skills and more importantly I’ve discovered how to trust others. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m on the road to greatness.”

Five fellow students joined Vernita and Shane as they demonstrated their skills to family and friends before graduating in Seattle. Another group recently advanced in Mississippi and a third class will graduate in New York on Thursday, September 18.

A Clear Business Imperative

The Retail Excellence Training Program is one example of public-private partnerships Starbucks is fostering to create pathways to opportunity for young people – both within the company and in local communities. Another is the Starbucks College Achievement Plan to help thousands of partners finish their college degrees through Arizona State University.

“There’s an increasing recognition that with the right skills and training, these young people could be of huge value to our economy,” said Blair Taylor, executive vice president and chief community officer for Starbucks. “If businesses like ours are to keep growing, we need our young people to be a vibrant part of the economy. It’s our role to help build that onramp to opportunity.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.



Britain’s latest apple sensation is to go on sale at Tesco

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Britain’s latest apple sensation is to go on sale this week – a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh.

The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.

The Surprize apple follows another stunning and unusual variety called the Rosette Raspberry Ripple which has red flesh and was developed by the same grower.

It is being trialled exclusively by Tesco and will go on sale in 120 stores across the UK from Tuesday September 16.

Tesco fruit product developer Ciara Grace said: “This apple is a real head-turner and literally stops people in their tracks on account of its unusual pale orange and yellow skin.

“But the real fun starts when they take a bite and see the unique pink flesh inside. It was named Surprize because of the fantastic reaction it gets.

“Most important of all is that it’s delicious, with a sweet taste and very juicy byt firm flesh.”

“This is the first time that it’s ever gone on sale and there are only limited supplies but if it’s a success we will stock it again next year.”

The Surprize apple has been developed by award-winning grower William Barnett who grows 3500 tonnes of cider apples; 500 tonnes of juicing apples and 3000 tonnes of dessert fruit at his 1000 acre farm in Tillington, near Hereford.

An expert apple breeder, William was also responsible for helping develop the Rosette Raspberry Ripple which was launched in 2012 and is exclusively sold by Tesco.

William Barnett said: “Britain can be proud of its 4000 or so different apple varieties but what I’ve set out to do is create something a little different for apple lovers.

“My apple mission is to develop better and more interesting varieties of English apple.

“I set off on that mission 10 years ago and since then have helped develop several popular new varieties including the Red Windsor; Tillington’s Delight and the Rosette Raspberry Ripple.”

Surprize apples will cost £1.75 for a pack of four.

Note to editors:

Tesco stocks over 20 different varieties of British apples when in season and is working with suppliers to increase the range it currently offers customers. Tesco sells 21 varieties of British apples and 34 varieties in total.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

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Britain’s latest apple sensation is to go on sale at Tesco

Britain’s latest apple sensation is to go on sale at Tesco