Community Outreach

We showcase the creative ways food retailers contribute to their community and encourage others to find their way to pay it forward with an annual awards program

Award Criteria 

Community Outreach Award 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. Nominations are now closed. 

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 idea bank for food retail community service projects

Our 2017 Community Outreach Award Winners

Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs Winner 


Skogen's Festival Foods Turkey Trot

Festival Foods employees contribute in excess of 200 hours to plan and execute the Turkey Trot. In 2016, the event was held in 10 locations and had a total of 31,000 registrants, an increase of 16.32 percent from 2015. The event raised $360,000, and over the span of its nine years, fundraising has totaled $1,930,000.

Programs Addressing Food Insecurity Winner

HyVee Hurricane Relief

Hy-Vee, Inc. Hurricane Relief 

Hy-Vee matched customer and partner donations up to $100,000 to assist in the Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria relief efforts and partnered with the American Red Cross to distribute funds, which totaled $670,468,26, to hurricane victims. Hy-Vee also donated 5 semi-trailers of bottled water, totaling 187,872 bottles, for victims of Hurricane Harvey, driven to Texas by Hy-Vee drivers.

Youth Development Programs Winner


Family Fare's Culinary Discovery Camps and Restaurant Camps

Family Fare, a SpartanNash company, helps students understand food from farm to table while fine-tuning cooking skills including using a knife, stove and finally serving the prepared meal. SpartanNash donated $5,000 to the Institute of the Culinary Arts to reduce the cost for kids to attend.

People's Pick Social Media Category Winner

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Smart & Final's Grab and Go Food Drives

During the 2016 holiday season, Smart & Final ran more than 30 Grab & Go programs--inviting customers to donate at checkout and store associates to deliver food. In total, 16,904 Grab & Go bags were donated to 22 food banks and nonprofit organizations, 38,684 pounds of food was donated through customer donations, and 8,000 pounds of food was donated by Smart & Final.   

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