Tyson Foods and NACS team up to donate 36,060 pounds of protein to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area

Chicago, Ill., 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tyson Foods, Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) partnered today (Oct. 16, 2017) to donate a truckload of protein totaling 36,060 pounds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area.

The Food Depository will distribute the donated food, which is equivalent to 144,240 meals,  through its network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters services across Chicago and Cook County.

“The Greater Chicago Food Depository is grateful to Tyson Foods for its longstanding partnership in the fight against hunger,” said Jill Zimmerman, vice president of development at the Food Depository. “Donations of protein are important to our work of providing nutritious food options for our neighbors in need. We thank Tyson for this generous contribution and its ongoing support of our mission.”

NACS is holding its annual NACS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago this week. More than 20,000 attendees from 50-plus countries are expected to attend the event, which is one of the largest tradeshows in the country. The show features four days of general sessions, more than 50 educational sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies.

“We truly believe that c-store doesn’t just stand for convenience store – it also stands for community store, and we are proud to join Tyson Foods in supporting the Chicagoland community that we call home this week during the NACS Show in Chicago,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of NACS’ strategic industry initiatives.

Tyson Foods’ “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company partners with Feeding America, Share Our Strength and Lift Up America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein in the United States.

In 2015, Tyson Foods announced its renewed commitment to hunger relief by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations by 2020 in the fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.

“Partnering with organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository and NACS is important to us in raising awareness about food insecurity in communities all around the U.S.,” said Mark Purvis, vice president, convenience sales for Tyson Foods. “In this community alone, the Food Depository serves an average 200,000 pounds of food every single day. We’re honored to support those extraordinary efforts.”

To learn more about the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its hunger relief efforts, visit https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

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.

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ShopRite associates to be featured on special-edition Cheerios boxes for their work in helping raise $1.4 million to fight hunger

ShopRite associates to be featured on special-edition Cheerios boxes for their work in helping raise $1.4 million to fight hunger

MEDFORD, NJ, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite customers may see some familiar faces on Cheerios boxes when they visit ShopRite stores this month.  ShopRite associates will appear on the back of limited-edition Cheerios boxes for their work in helping raise $1.4 million to fight hunger.

The associates earned those spots after joining thousands of other ShopRite associates last September in a friendly competition sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills, the annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Contest.  With this year’s contest theme,Fighting hunger from the heart ­– together we can make a difference, serving as backdrop, ShopRite associates collected donations at check-out and held events in stores to raise awareness and money to fight hunger.

The month-long fundraising effort by ShopRite associates raised $1.4 million to support regional food banks in communities served by ShopRite stores, and now ShopRite and General Mills are recognizing that dedication and hard work with a prized spot on a special-edition Cheerios box.

Each of the 40 winning ShopRite stores chose two ShopRite associates to be featured on the iconic Cheerios box. The customized cereal boxes, sold exclusively at ShopRite, will be unveiled at in-store celebrations during the month of March. Each winning store will also receive prize money ($3,000 for the top five stores, and $500 for the remaining winning stores) that will be presented to local food pantries chosen by the respective store teams.

“The ShopRite associates featured on this year’s Cheerios box are passionate about fighting hunger and helping people in need in the communities where our ShopRite stores operate. And our associates know that working together as a team to raise money and awareness is the most effective way to make a difference,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “Since 1999, $43 million has been donated to local food banks through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program. The Cheerios contest is one of our favorite annual events and highlights our ‘partners’ in the fight against hunger, including our dedicated ShopRite associates, our generous customers, and General Mills, a longtime vendor partner who shares our passion for helping those in need of food assistance.”

David Zallie and his wife Renee, owners and operators of the ShopRite of Medford, above, hosted a special Cheerios box unveiling ceremony at the store on March 8. Their store was the top fund-raising store in this year’s contest.

ShopRite of Medford is among the top 40 winning stores, and selected Jodi Lattiere of Clementon, Beth Ann Peterson of Medford and Susan Schembri of Medford to be featured on 150,000 special-edition Cheerios boxes. The Cheerios box will be unveiled during an in-store ceremony on Wednesday, March 8 at ShopRite of Medford, located at 208 Route 70 East in Medford, at 11:30 AM.

Winning ShopRite stores include:
New Jersey:
ShopRite of Berlin, ShopRite of Burlington, ShopRite of Byram, ShopRite of Chews Landing, ShopRite of Clark, ShopRite of Chester, ShopRite of Flanders, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Fischer Bay in Toms River, ShopRite of Franklin, ShopRite of Glassboro, ShopRite of Greenwich Township, ShopRite of Hackensack, ShopRite of Hoboken, ShopRite of Landis in Vineland, ShopRite of Lawnside, ShopRite of Lyndhurst, ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Medford, ShopRite of Mullica Hill, ShopRite of Newton, ShopRite of Ramsey, ShopRite of Rio Grande, ShopRite of Spotswood, ShopRite of Stirling, ShopRite of Succasunna, ShopRite of West Deptford, ShopRite of Williamstown

New York:
ShopRite of Croton in Croton On Hudson, ShopRite of Fishkill, ShopRite of Forest & Richmond in Staten Island, ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, ShopRite of New Rochelle, ShopRite of Scarsdale, ShopRite of Thornwood, ShopRite of Tuckahoe in Yonkers, ShopRite of Veterans Road in Staten Island, ShopRite of Warwick

Pennsylvania:
ShopRite of Brodheadsville, ShopRite of Morrell Plaza in Philadelphia, ShopRite of Yardley

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About ShopRite Partners In Caring
ShopRite Partners In Caring is a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide $3 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania — all the states where our ShopRite stores operate. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to more than 2,100 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women’s shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.shopritepartnersincaring.org.

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the globe. Its brands include Cheerios, Yoplait, Totino’s, Häägen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Fiber One, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., General Mills had fiscal 2015 worldwide sales of US $17.6 billion.

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NACS and Tyson Foods help fight hunger with donation to Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta, Ga., 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tyson Foods, Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) partnered today ( Oct. 17, 2016 ) to donate a truckload of protein to Atlanta Community Food Bank to help eliminate hunger in the greater Atlanta area.

Atlanta Community Food Bank, which serves 29 counties, will distribute the donated food through its service network of 600 agency partners, including nonprofit and faith-based organizations providing daily meals and food pantry services across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

“We are thankful for the generosity of Tyson Foods and the NACS for their donation of more than 33,000 pounds of food,” said Kyle Waide, CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “One in seven people in metro Atlanta and north Georgia need help putting food on the table. This partnership allows us to provide high quality protein for thousands of them.”

NACS is holding its annual NACS Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this week. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are expected to attend the event, which is one of the largest tradeshows in the country.

“Convenience stores are closely tied to the communities they serve, especially around charitable giving,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of NACS’ strategic industry initiatives. “Our industry donates hundreds of millions of dollars annually to local charities and we are delighted to work with these great partners to give back to Atlanta.”

Last month, NACS worked with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! and community volunteers to build a playground in nearby East Point, Georgia. Lenard said that it is also working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to donate product from the expo floor at the conclusion of the NACS Show on Oct. 21.

Tyson Foods’ “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company partners with Feeding America, Share Our Strength and Lift Up America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein in the United States.

Last year, Tyson Foods announced its renewed commitment to hunger relief by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years in the fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.

“Partnering with organizations like Atlanta Community Food Bank and NACS is important to us in raising awareness about food insecurity in communities all around the U.S.,” said Kevin Miller, senior marketing manager for Tyson Convenience. “In this community alone, Atlanta Community serves 80,600 people each week with programs supported through the food bank. We’re honored to support those extraordinary efforts.”

To learn more about Atlanta Community Food Bank and its hunger-relief efforts, visit http://acfb.org/

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

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(703) 684-3600 (phone)
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Source: NACS