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EPA recognizes Ahold USA’s environmental efforts

BY Alaric DeArment

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ahold USA for its efforts to reduce food waste, the agency said.

The EPA said it recognized Ahold for its contributions to the Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible, which the agency said helps protect the environment and feed needy people. Ahold USA owns the Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Stop & Shop supermarket banners, as well as the online grocer Peapod.

"The Food Recovery Challenge benefits families in need, helps grocers reduce costs, supplies badly needed donations to organizations like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and helps to create green jobs," EPA regional administrator Shawn Garvin said. "Today is America Recycles Day, and with Thanksgiving just a week away, this is an excellent time to raise awareness of this important issue."

According to the EPA, food constitutes the largest category of waste in the country, with 36 million of food waste going to landfills in 2011. Decomposing food waste is a significant source of methane, a greenhouse gas. Last year, the agency said, Ahold USA donated the equivalent of more than 12 million meals and diverted 19,000 tons into composting, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 3,820 tons.

"Ahold USA and our retail divisions like Giant are committed to reducing waste and minimizing our impact on the environment, while at the same time maximizing food donations to regional food banks," Ahold USA VP external communications and community relations Tracy Pawelski said. "The EPA Food Recovery Challenge not only makes good business sense by lowering costs, but also can be a game changer for local hunger relief efforts, especially during these times of need."

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DG supports St. Jude Children’s Thanks and Giving campaign and Toys for Tots Foundation for the holidays

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Friday kicked off its annual holiday giving campaign either in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Thanks and Giving campaign or the holiday toy drive benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

“Dollar General is honored to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation and other local toy drives to make a difference in the communities we serve,” stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. 

For the eighth consecutive year, Dollar General is supporting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, customers may donate $1 or more at check-out to benefit the children of St. Jude. Since 2006, Dollar General and its customers have supported St. Jude by contributing more than $9.4 million to the Thanks and Giving campaign.

From Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, more than 11,000 Dollar General stores will collect new, unwrapped toys for in-store toy drives for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation or, in certain circumstances, other local toy drives. Additionally, Dollar General will donate $100,000 to the Toys for Tots Foundation in an effort to further help reach children across the country.

 

 

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CVS Caremark to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via annual in-store fundraiser

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced its annual in-store fundraiser for the 10th year to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign, a holiday program to raise awareness and funds for the research and care provided at St. Jude.

Since the campaign’s inception, CVS/pharmacy and its customers have raised more than $37 million to support St. Jude.

Through Dec. 7, CVS Caremark colleagues will encourage customers to add $1 or $3 to their purchase at the register to support the campaign. Customers shopping online at CVS.com/StJude will also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout.  

"CVS/pharmacy is proud of its customers and colleagues who for nearly a decade have made a significant impact in the lives of children living with cancer and other deadly diseases through their generous support of the Thanks and Giving campaign," Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility at CVS Caremark said. "As a pharmacy innovation company committed to helping people on their path to better health, we commend St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for all the work they are doing to treat children with cancer and the lifesaving research they share with experts across the world to help find cures."

In 2012, CVS/pharmacy customers and colleagues raised nearly $6.4 million nationwide in support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving Campaign and more than $37 million since 2004.

Funds raised during the Thanks and Giving campaign support the CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude. Children with deadly diseases such as cancer may experience developmental, cognitive or physical impairments because of their illnesses as well as the treatments used to save their lives. The facility in Memphis, Tenn., which opened in 2009, doubled the space dedicated to providing audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to St. Jude patients to help them overcome barriers they face in recovery.

 

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