Associated Retail Operations to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true

Macey’s, Fresh Market, Lin’s, Dan’s and Dick’s Market stores to help make wishes come true

SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s Star Icon fundraising campaign is in full swing and Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets) is aiming to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true.

ARO stores will rally together to create a little “wish magic” as they raise funds by selling blue star icons for a $1 or more donation. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, the proceeds from each star icon donation will help grant the heartfelt wishes of Utah children.

“Fundraising for Make-A-Wish means so much to our store teams. There is a bit of competitive comradery that takes place— each store team tries to grant one more wish than the other, which is wonderful to see. Ultimately, we are thrilled to help make the wishes of local children come true, as we know that wishes provide needed joy and hope to wish families.,” said Sarah Pettit, Associated Retail Operations spokesperson.

“Over the past five years, Associated Retail Operations has been instrumental in helping raise funds to grant the wishes of our Utah kids”, says Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish Utah’s CEO. “The dedication and excitement of their team members and guests translates into a true community wide effort to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of many. We are energized by their enthusiasm for sharing the power of a wish and are excited to be partnering with them again this year.”

The annual Star Icon Campaign is Make-A-Wish Utah’s largest external fundraising event. Over the last five years, ARO stores have raised more than $343,000 and have helped grant the wishes of approximately 68 Utah kids.

This year’s campaign will run from August 17, to September 5, 2015.

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Located at its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, MAWU offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The corporate stores operate under five different banners: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: maceys.com,freshmarketstores.com, dansfoods.com, linsmarketplace.com, dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found at afstores.com.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit– Communication Manager
scpettit@afstores.com | (801) 978-8948 | (801) 916-1070

Kelly Wolfe – Communication Manager
kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (801) 305-1935 | (201) 233-4645

Associated Retail Operations donates $85,000 to Utah Food Bank to fight childhood hunger

Kid-friendly food donation to help pantries during summer months

WHO:  Utah Food Bank and Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Fresh Market, Dick’s Market, Lin’s Market.)

WHAT: ARO team members will be assembling summer pantry orders containing kid-friendly items to aide local food pantries. The food items are a part of an $85 thousand dollar donation fundraised from the local grocers. (Visual) ARO team members building orders at Utah Food Bank.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Utah Food Bank, 3150 S 900 W, and Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Lin’s Market, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market) will donate $85 thousand in kid-friendly food items to Utah Food Bank on June 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. ARO team members will build pantry orders at Utah Food Bank, combining kid-friendly items like shelf-stable milk, tuna, applesauce, oatmeal and more into boxes that will be distributed to Utahns facing hunger.

The 59,750 pounds of donated food will assist Utah Food Bank during its most critical time of year—when donations are typically at their lowest and need skyrockets for kids due to the absence of school provided meals while kids are on summer break.

The 85 thousand dollar donation was fundraised at local Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Lin’s Market, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores during their Season to Share campaign from generous guests.

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About Associated Retail Operations:
Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides products and services to more than 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. The corporate stores operate under five different banners and formats: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: www.maceys.com,www.freshmarketstores.comwww.dansfoods.comwww.linsmarketplace.com,www.dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found atwww.afstores.com.

About Utah Food Bank:
Utah Food Bank provides food to a statewide network of 134 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 37.5 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 31.3 million meals, to families and individuals in need. Utah Food Bank also served just under 245,000 Kids Cafe meals, delivered almost 41,000 food boxes and filled more than 60,000 kids’ backpacks to ensure hunger-free weekends. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.

Contact:

Sarah Pettit

Associated Food Stores

Cell: 801.916.1070

scpettit@afstores.com

Heidi Cannella

Utah Food Bank

801.599.6700

Heidic@utahfoodbank.org