NGA Foundation announces scholarship recipients for 2017-2018 academic year

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today  (August 23, 2017) awarded up to $73,000 in scholarship funding to 16 students pursuing a career in the grocery industry for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“One of the most important missions we have is preparing today’s students for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director of the NGA Foundation. “There’s no doubt that each of these students will bring as much talent, drive, and passion to the industry as they do to their schoolwork.”

“No one knows better than independent grocers how fiercely competitive the supermarket industry is,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “With this new crop of torchbearers, independent supermarkets will be stocked with leaders ready to help the industry face new challenges and competitive marketplace shifts head on.”

Since 1990, the NGA Foundation has provided over $1 million in scholarships to students preparing for careers in the grocery industry.

The NGA Foundation’s scholarship recipients are:

The Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholarship ($2,500 for up to four semesters) was awarded to Chad Villanueva, who works at The Save Mart Companies (FoodMaxx #487) and is pursuing a degree in business management at Fresno Pacific University. The scholarship is given each year to an outstanding applicant pursuing a career with a focus on the independent retailers and wholesaler sector.

The Asparagus Club Scholarship ($2,000 for up to four semesters) recipients include Nolan Hickley, who works at Hy-Vee, Inc. and is pursuing a degree in supply chain management from Iowa State University; Margaret Schnaufer, who works at Fareway Stores and is pursuing a degree in finance and management from Iowa State University; Denise Malkoon, who works at Peanut Butter Americano, LLC and is pursuing a degree in entrepreneurial student mentorship in higher education at Arizona State University; Cara Mahon, who works at Associated Wholesale Grocers and is pursuing a degree in interactive media and strategic planning at the University of Missouri; and Lauren Hillsburg, who works at Hormel Corporation and is pursuing a degree in food and CPG marketing at Western Michigan University.

The Bob Richardson Scholarship ($1,000 annual) was awarded to George Denny, who works at K-VA-T Food City and is pursuing a degree in exercise science at Buena Vista University.

The Charlie and Becky Bray Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to John Schneidenbach, who works at SpartanNash Company and is pursuing a degree in food and CPG marketing at Western Michigan University.

The First Data Technology Scholarship ($2,500 annual) recipients include Ryan Sobolik, who works at Valley Markets, Inc. dba Hugo’s and is pursuing a degree in accounting at the University of Mary, and Travis Stinson, who works at Brookshire Grocery Company and is pursuing a masters in business administration and industrial management from the University of Texas at Tyler.

The first-ever FMS Scholarship ($3,000 annual) was awarded to David Rosen, who works at Vincente Foods and is pursuing a masters in business administration from the University of LaVerne.

The Kimberly-Clark Corp. Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to Mikaela Campbell-Magana, who works at K-VA-T Food City and is pursuing a degree in business administration at King University.

The Mondelēz International Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to Chad Villanueva in addition to the Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholarship.

The Peter and Jody Larkin Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to Emily Mufich, who works at Unified Grocers, Inc. and is pursuing a degree in organizational leadership at Point Lorna Nazarene University.

The Roger Collins Scholarship ($1,000 annual) was awarded to Lindsey Oettel, who works the University of Illinois and is pursuing a degree in food science and human nutrition at the university.

The Women Grocers of America (WGA) Mary Macey Scholarship ($1,500 annual) recipients include Katie Bridge, who works at Roche Brothers Supermarkets and is pursuing a degree in business marketing at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, and Sarah Carpenter, who works at Acosta and is pursuing a degree in marketing at Western Michigan University.

Source: National Grocers Association (NGA)

Independent grocers call on shoppers to donate to help support local food banks

More than 1,600 independent grocers from across the nation urge shoppers to donate $1, $3, or $5 at the register to support their local food banks and pantries

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGAREF), and Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) recognized today (June 21, 2017) as the “Independents Day of Giving” to help fight hunger and raise community awareness with more than 1,600 independent grocers across the country participating.

Shoppers have been encouraged to add $1, $3, or $5 donations to their grocery bill throughout the month of June, with a focus on June 21, the first day of summer. Each contribution will help support local food banks that are members of the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.

“Contrary to popular belief, the highest demand for food is during the summer after the holiday food drives end and the same people who were hungry on Christmas are still hungry in June,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Locally-owned independent supermarkets have a long history of giving back to the communities they serve and are eager to work with shoppers to help restock their neighborhood’s food pantry by making a small contribution at the register.”

A comprehensive report on hunger, “Hunger in America 2014,” found that the Feeding America network serves one in eight people – or 46.6 million – each year. The USDA estimates that one in six children – 17.9 percent – faces food insecurity, compared to the nation’s overall food insecurity rate of 13.4 percent.

“With children on break from school, families facing food insecurity are forced to find an additional two meals for their kids each day,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director, NGA Research and Education Foundation. “That means finding an extra $300 for groceries when kids are out of school, which isn’t feasible for many families.”

More than 22 million children in the United States receive free or reduced-price school lunches and just four million – or just 18 percent – receive free meals in the summer when school meals are not as readily available, according to 2016 USDA report on the National School Lunch Program.

“One of the most important missions of any supermarket operator and the wholesalers that serve them is to feed the families and support their communities,” said Francis Cameron, president and CEO, ROFDA. “We’re excited to maximize the impact of the independent supermarket industry and give back to their communities.”

“Children need good nutrition all year long. When school lets out, millions of children no longer have readily available access to a healthy school breakfast or lunch,” said Dave McConnell, president and CEO of Making Change. “We are delighted to join NGA and ROFDA for this vital, life-saving initiative to fill the gap for our children so they can reach for their dreams.”

The donations will be collected by Making Change, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and redistributed back into the local communities of each participating independent supermarket by Feeding America.

For an interactive map of participating independent supermarkets, click HERE.

Contact:
Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

NGA launches the “Independents Day of Giving” campaign to help fight hunger and support Feeding America

National Grocers Association partners with Feeding America, Food Distributors to raise funds for local hunger-relief organizations

Arlington, VA, 2017-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 2, 2017), the National Grocers Association (NGA), along with the NGA Research and Education Foundation, launched the “Independents Day of Giving” campaign to help fight hunger and raise community awareness by supporting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with over 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries nationwide.

The campaign, in partnership with the Retail Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) and Making Change, will take place during the month of June, with a focus on June 21, the first day of summer, as a highlighted “Day of Giving,” where shoppers will be encouraged to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their grocery bill at independent supermarkets.Over 2,000 independent grocers have committed to participating in the inaugural Independents Day of Giving campaign.

“Too many families are forced to choose between feeding themselves and paying utilities, receiving medical care, or keeping a roof over their head,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director, NGA Research and Education Foundation. “With such strong ties to the communities they serve, independent grocers have the unique opportunity to make sure no one is put in that difficult situation.”

“Together, supermarket operators and the wholesalers that serve them work hard every day to support their communities. ROFDA is pleased to be a part of the Independents Day of Giving to highlight this work, maximize the impact of the independent supermarket industry, and show our nationwide commitment to this cause,” said Francis Cameron, president and CEO, ROFDA.

A recent study by Feeding America found that one in seven people struggles with hunger in the United States. The survey found that nearly 20.9 percent of children face food insecurity, compared to the nation’s overall food insecurity rate of 15.4 percent.

“While food banks are often flooded with donations during the winter months, many are in desperate need throughout summer when kids may lack access to school meal programs,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “By making a small contribution at the register, shoppers can help ensure their local food banks and pantries can better serve their communities,” Larkin commented.

The donations will be collected by Making Change, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and redistributed back into the local communities of each participating independent supermarket.

Each year, Feeding America supplies food to more than 46.5 million people in the U.S., including 12 million children and seven million seniors.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

NGA Research and Education Foundation announces scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic school year

Las Vegas, NV, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Feb 12, 2017), the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation) recognized scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic school year at a brunch in support of the NGA Foundation, sponsored by Chobani. The NGA Foundation brunch was held at the National Grocers Association’s annual convention, The NGA Show.

“The NGA Research and Education Foundation has accomplished a lot in its twenty-five years of service, but I know we can do more,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director of the NGA Research and Education Foundation. “I look forward to refocusing our energy and putting more resources toward serving the Foundation’s mission of recruiting, training, and retaining new talent for our industry.”

“It’s critically important to give back and invest in our industry’s next generation of leaders,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO.  “These impressive students are our leaders of tomorrow, and we must do what we can to encourage them to enter and thrive in the independent supermarket industry.”

The mission of the NGA Foundation is to help the independent grocer attract and retail top talent, develop future leaders and become an employer of choice for college graduates. The Foundation’s scholarship program would not be possible without the support and generous contributions from various partners within the independent supermarket industry. Scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic school year are listed below:

2016/2017 NGA Research and Education Foundation Scholarships:

The Charlie and Becky Bray Scholarship was awarded to Jacob Crowell, a current student at Western Michigan University. He is pursuing a degree in Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing.

The Roger Collins Scholarship was awarded to Michael Navarro, who is currently working on his degree in Business/Food Management from Arizona State University.

The First Data Technology Scholarship recipients are Jennifer Bell and David Rosen. Bell is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is pursuing a degree in Learning Technologies, and Rosen is working on his MBA at the University of La Verne.

The Kimberly-Clark Corp. Scholarship was awarded to Antonio Scelfo, who is currently pursuing his degree in Finance from Notre Dame University.

The Peter and Jody Larkin Scholarship was awarded to Dusty Longoria, who is working on a degree in Business Management from the University of North Texas.

The Mondelēz International Scholarship was awarded to Michael Standeven, a current student at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is working on a degree in Computer Science.

The Bob Richardson Scholarship was awarded to Sadie Brumfield, who is attending East Tennessee State University, pursing a degree in Business.

Asparagus Scholarships Recipients:

Victoria Conlon is pursuing her degree in Marketing Analytics at Vanderbilt University.

Jason Forrester is currently attending Colorado Technical University, where he is working on his MBA.

Kevin Halcomb is studying Business Administration at the King University.

Crystal Siemers-Peterman is attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for her degree in Agriculture and Food Business Management.

Michelle Turner is attending the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she is working on her MBA.

Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Recipient:

Dusty Longoria is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at the University of North Texas.

The Thomas K. Zaucha scholarship is given each year to an outstanding applicant who is pursuing a career in the grocery industry particularly focused on the independent retailer and wholesaler sector.

Women Grocers of America (WGA) Mary Macey Scholarship Recipients:

Jensen Lewis is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at William Jessup University.

Dusty Longoria is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at the University of North Texas.

Adam Peterson is attending Western Michigan University, where he is pursuing his degree in Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

NGA announces the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as VP and Executive Director for NGA Foundation

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (Jan 3, 2017) announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as Vice President and Executive Director for the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation).

“On behalf of NGA, we are thrilled to be expanding the NGA Foundation under the leadership of Elizabeth. She joins us during a very exciting time of growth for our organization and the foundation, said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “With an impressive background in development, outreach, and non-profit work, Elizabeth will be a valuable asset to the foundation. We welcome Elizabeth to the team,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.

“The hiring of an executive director for the NGA Foundation is a part of NGA’s continued commitment to strengthen the independent supermarket industry through research, education, and training,” said Neal Berube, Chairman of the NGA Foundation Board of Directors.

Before joining the NGA Foundation, Crocker served as senior director of development and outreach for SHAPE America, where she led all corporate sponsorship, outreach, fundraising, partnerships, and business development for the organization. Prior to her role at SHAPE America, Crocker was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Rural Service, a national non-profit that serves as the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for nearly eight years. She has held staff positions in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies.

As executive director, Crocker will be responsible for developing the strategy and managing the day-to-day operations for the NGA Foundation.

The NGA Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA