As part of Black History Month in February, St. Louis, Missouri-based Schnuck Markets and its customers donated $120,000 through its “Round Up at the Register” to support the Urban League.
Customers donated $112,766 and Schnucks provided an additional $7,234. The campaign ran Feb. 1-14. In 2022, the grocer donated $150,000 to the Urban League as part of its campaign.
“We were honored to once again celebrate Black History Month with our decades-long partners at the Urban League,” said Todd Schnuck, chairman and CEO and past ULSTL chairman of the board.
“As a company that employs nearly 12,000 teammates, we not only have the opportunity to nourish people’s lives and help develop the workforce, we have the obligation to do so – a goal shared by the Urban League through the Save Our Sons program.”
The ULSTL’s Save Our Sons program seeks to help disadvantaged African American men living in the St. Louis region find jobs and have the opportunity to earn livable wages. This program completes these objectives by assisting the participants in obtaining post-secondary education and job training and teaching career life skills to become employees in today’s workforce.
“We are truly grateful for our longstanding partnership with Schnucks, but this year’s Round Up effort is especially humbling because we are coming out of a pandemic and a devastating flood that impacted so many,” said Michael McMillan, Urban League president and CEO.
“The fact that people intentionally dug a little deeper to support our programs and our mission speaks volumes. We are so deeply appreciative.”
In 2020, Schnucks launched its diversity, equity and inclusion plan, “Unity Is Power,” which describes efforts to increase community support for organizations that promote racial equity, like the Urban League, and this past month, ULSTL honored Schnucks with the Civic Leadership Award for these efforts.