Community Outreach Awards

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Food Marketing Institute proudly hosts the Community Outreach Awards as a means of highlighting the oft-unheralded good that grocery stores do. These awards showcase the creative ways food retailers contribute to their community and encourage others to find their way to pay it forward. 

Congratulations to our 2015 Winners 

Youth Development Programs Winner

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The Russ’s Community Harvest Festival was designed to bring the neighborhood around Russ’s Market together for a celebration and to support local area schools. During the fall event generated over $2,600 in donation for the schools. In total, the program has generated over $4,200 for Lincoln and Hastings Elementary schools. Learn More

Programs Addressing Food Insecurity Winner

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Food Lion’s The Great Pantry Makeover
 set out to makeover 30 pantries in 30 days in the 10-states in which we operate, and give back 1,200 service hours to leave our communities a better place. Hundreds of associates volunteered their time and energy to expand, refurbish and restock 38 local food pantries. We exceeded our goals by donating 1.7 million meals, 1,400 service hours and 38 pantries. Learn More

Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs Winner

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Weis Mystery Tours™
 was developed by our Registered Dietitians to reinforce the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Department of Education health and wellness curricula. This free interactive, in-store nutrition education field trip program is designed to teach children, ages 7 - 10, fundamentals of healthy eating and combat childhood obesity. Since inception, more than 950 tours have reached more than 14,000 children. Learn More

"People's Pick" Social Media Category Winner

More than 2,000 people voted in our #GrocersDoingGood Facebook Contest!
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Food City
helps the community in a variety of ways including donating food to feed over 2,500 people at the community block party, partnering with five local schools to recycle 3 million plastic bags, and giving annually to turkey toss, Christmas with Santa, Senior Citizen Christmas Party and Kid's Christmas party. Learn More

Join us next Fall!

Annually we call for nominations for the Community Outreach Awards during the fall. Stay tuned and plan ahead!

Community Outreach Award Categories 

Awards are given in the following categories:
  • Youth Development Programs - education, employment, job readiness, mentoring/tutoring programs
  • Programs Addressing Food Insecurity - food drives, food bank donations, commitments to increase access to fresh food in underserved areas
  • Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs - nutrition education, blood drives, health related runs/walks, sustainability education and community involvement
  • "People's Pick" Social Media Category All submissions will be posted on FMI’s Facebook page and the community outreach nominee with the most likes after one week will also be awarded a $1,000 contribution to their program. Join in with #GrocersDoingGood.
Nominations are judged based on store-level, corporate and community participation; addressing a community need; breadth and depth of the program; originality and creativity. Your company must be an FMI Member to win.

Winners Receive

  • $1,000 donation to enhance the program
  • A plaque recognizing the program
  • Program recognition on FMI website and digital communications
  • Inclusion in FMI media initiatives recognizing grocery store community contributions
  • Inclusion in an online data bank for food retail community service projects

Contact David Fikes if you have any questions.