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FMI Announces 2023 Community Uplift Award Recipients

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FMI – The Food Industry Association has announced recipients of the 2023 Community Uplift Awards.

Out of 18 nominations, three community uplift programs were selected by a panel of judges as recipients for their standout efforts in addressing food insecurity and neighborhood health needs and programs that influence social impact. 

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The 2023 Community Uplift Award recipients include The Giant Co., Hy-Vee Inc. and Brookshire Grocery Co. In addition, FMI recognizes three companies as honorable mentions in each category.

“It is second nature for supermarkets and product suppliers to be involved in their communities, supporting neighborhood efforts and providing leadership, comfort and stability during local emergencies,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin.

“It is so much just a part of what they regularly do that it’s easy to overlook all the good grocers and food suppliers perform beyond providing our daily bread.”

Award recipients:

“FMI proudly offers the Community Uplift Awards as a means of recognizing just a few of the outstanding efforts the food industry has made this past year to provide cohesion, encouragement and spirit within their local community,” Sarasin said. “We commend all grocers and food suppliers for being the community builders they are and we congratulate those being recognized for leading the field in these efforts.”


Background on the awards

Working with FMI’s strategic partner, The Shelby Report, a panel of judges scored each program based on participation, ability to address community need, breadth and depth of the program and creativity. The panel of judges included SVP of Marketing at Category Partners Eric LeBlanc, VP of North & Mid Atlantic at The Shelby Report Maggie Kaeppel, President and Publisher at The Shelby Report Stephanie Reid, and ROFDA President and CEO Jeff Pederson.

The three program recipients will each receive $1,000 to help expand their community uplift program, along with a commemorative plaque, and they will be recognized on FMI.org and in The Shelby Report for their outstanding efforts. Honorable mention recipients will also be recognized on FMI.org and in The Shelby Report.

Learn more about the 2023 Community Uplift Award recipients and the nominees at FMI.org/CommunityUplift.

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