FMI celebrates the food industry for their outstanding investments in the communities they serve

Arlington, VA – FMI – The Food Industry Association today announces the recipientsCommunity Uplift Awards Logo_sm of the 2021 Community Uplift Awards, following the evaluation of 21 laudable program nominees. Among these nominees, Hy-Vee, Northgate Market and Cub Foods stood out for their especially unique and impactful youth development, food insecurity and neighborhood health improvement programs, respectively.

“Food retailers and suppliers revere the communities they serve and nourish them in more ways than one,” FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. “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.”

Food Insecurity Programs Winner: Hy-Vee Leads the Way in Fighting Food Insecurity

In collaboration with industry, supplier and non-profit partners, Hy-Vee has been able to contribute significantly to communities in its eight-state region over the past year through a multitude of programs focused on reducing food insecurity.

Neighborhood Health Improvement Programs Winner: Northgate Gonzalez Market’s Health Portal for COVID Vaccine Access

In recognition of the need to protect the health of its customers and that of its associates, Northgate Market created an internal Covid Vaccination Committee and provided bilingual education, resources and vaccination events to associates and community members.

Youth Development Programs Winner: Northside Community Center @CUB

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,” continued 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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