ARLINGTON, VA. – FMI – The Food Industry Association has named Hy-Vee, Northgate Market and Cub Foods as the recipients of the 2021 Community Uplift Awards after the evaluation of 21 nominees.
“Food retailers and suppliers revere the communities they serve and nourish them in more ways than one,” said Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer. “The exemplary contributions of today’s winners highlight the essential role food industry players have as champions of feeding their communities, supporting neighborhood welfare and addressing the critical issues of the places they call home.”
Hy-Vee was named as the Food Insecurity Programs winner for contributing significantly to communities in its eight-state region over the past year through a multitude of programs focused on reducing food insecurity.
Northgate Gonzalz Market was named as the Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs winner for creating an internal Covid Vaccination Committee and providing bilingual education, resources and vaccination events to associates and community members.
Cub Foods was named the Youth Development Programs winner. While rebuilding Northside Cub in North Minneapolis, Cub also constructed the Northside Community Center @CUB, which gives local community members and non-profits access to a space for mentoring, life skill coaching, job training and much more.
“In a particularly stressful year, we’re pleased by the number of nominations, each one demonstrating an innovative and thoughtful way the food industry is uplifting its local community,” said Sarasin.
The three winning programs will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque, recognizing their outstanding efforts.
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