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

Our 2018 Community Outreach Award Winners

Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs Winner 


Albertsons Companies: Eating Healthy With Diabetes

Eating Healthy With Diabetes is a grocery store tour offered at no cost and led by a locally registered dietitian and an in-store pharmacist. The program is on-track to conduct over 300 tours, with an average tour size of 8-10 individuals. Many Albertsons dietitians partnered with government programs and community groups on the tours.

Programs Addressing Food Insecurity Winner

HyVee Hurricane Relief

Hy-Vee: Food and Beverage Distribution in Wake of 2018 Tornadoes

In response to major tornado damage across several Iowa communities on July 19, 2018, Hy-Vee donated meals, snacks and beverages to impacted residents and emergency workers. From Hy-Vee’s efforts, more than 20,000 individuals benefitted from food assistance and Hy-Vee distributed 111,000 bottles of water across various communities. The total value of donations provided by Hy-Vee equated to approximately $200,000.

Youth Development Programs Winner


Greer's: Apples for the Students

Apples for the Students provides educational supplies (from pencils to printers) to schools at no cost to them. Since its inception by Greer’s, 52 schools that have received free educational equipment. Greer's donated $60,500 towards school supplies/equipment in 2018 alone. 

People's Pick Social Media Category Winner

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BriarPatch Food Co-op: Hospitality House Culinary Program

Hospitality House is a community effort to help homeless Nevada County residents get back on their feet. BriarPatch Food Co-Op offered to fund their culinary job-training dinners by providing farm-fresh ingredients for meals that culinary students create for shelter guests. Students make dinner for the 54 men, women and children staying at the shelter, and they learn to consider costs while planning a balanced, nutritious meal.

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

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