In its first year, according to James Ukrop, chairman of Ukrop's Supermarkets and the campaign chairman, the campaign has helped fund important initiatives designed to teach children and students important ways to fight fooborne bacteria through the industry-wide FightBacä program, designed by the Partnership for Food Safety Education.
"There is no other issue that is as important as food safety to America's grocers and their colleagues throughout the food chain," said Ukrop. "The response to this program has been incredibly broad – big stores and smaller stores, food companies and agricultural interests – everyone is coming together to provide information about healthful food handling practices.
"This level of funding from the grocery industry for food safety education is unprecedented and inspiring," he added. "Although we have had tremendous fundraising success, our work is not done. We remain committed to food safety education for the long term."
Gifts received during the campaign's first year include:
Platinum Link ($750,000 +)
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Food Marketing Institute
Gold Link ($500,000 +)
Gold Link ($500,000 +)
Marketing Management Inc.
Silver Link ($250,000 +)
Loblaw Companies Limited
Sara Lee Corporation
Bronze Link ($100,000 +)
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.
H. E. Butt Grocery Company
Benefactors ($50,000 +)
K.V. Mart Co., dba Top Value Mkts.
Alex Lee, Inc.
King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc.
Harris Teeter, Inc.
Partners ($25,000 +)
Ukrop's Super Markets, Inc.
Ball's Price Chopper & Hen House Markets
Stater Bros. Markets
Genuardi's Family Markets
Haggen, Inc./TOP Food & Drug
Sponsors ($10,000 +)
Martin's Super Markets, Inc.
Brown & Cole Stores
Kwik Way, Inc.
Foodland Super Market, Ltd.
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