ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco has announced that it will celebrate Black History Month this February with its 13th annual “A Taste of Black History” program, a monthlong initiative to honor the contributions of Jewel-Osco’s African-American vendors and help them build on their success in the retail food business.
In addition to numerous in-store sampling events featuring African-American vendor products, Jewel-Osco will host a private reception on Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center.
As part of the reception, NBC 5 Chicago entertainment reporter LeeAnn Trotter and WVON 1690 AM radio show host Matt McGill will emcee a special presentation, during which Jewel-Osco will award a total of $20,000 in grants to four community organizations:
Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church: Hunger Relief Award for its Spoonful of Hope Soup Kitchen;
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church: Hunger Relief Award for its Community Table Food Pantry;
GreenNet Chicago: Environmental Stewardship Award; and
Girls in the Game: Nutrition Education Award.
“Our African-American vendors are important members of the Jewel-Osco family, and they are vital to our success,” Jewel-Osco president Brian Huff said. “We want to thank them for helping us meet the diverse needs of our customers every day, and we hope consumers recognize that by purchasing African-American vendor products they are supporting these of our customers every day, and we hope consumers recognize that by purchasing African-American vendor products they are supporting these wonderful entrepreneurs.”