Kroger names new Michigan division president
CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced the retirement of Michigan division president Jayne Homco, and the promotion of Scott Hays to succeed her. Hays currently serves as VP operations for the company's Fry's division.
Homco will retire from the company after 42 years of distinguished service, effective Sept. 30. Hays succeeds Homco as president of the Michigan division, effective Oct. 1.
"In her more than 40 years with Kroger, Jayne has touched the lives of countless customers and associates, and her dedication to the community – especially her work with feeding the hungry, education and women's health – has been an example to us all," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "We are grateful for Jayne's many contributions over the years and wish her and her family the best in retirement," he said.
"Scott has been a tremendous asset to Kroger since coming on board earlier this year," McMullen added. "His dedicated leadership is best exemplified by his passion for supporting our associates and customers."
Hays joined Kroger in April 2017 in his current role. He came to Kroger from Albertson's, where he began his grocery career in 1983 as a grocery clerk in Provo, Utah. He was promoted to a store director and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Albertson's footprint, including district manager, area VP and division VP leading the company's San Antonio division. He played an integral role in the development of the Texas and Louisiana markets for Albertson's. He also served as VP operations for Jewel Osco in the Chicagoland market and most recently was the division president for Albertson's Dallas-Fort Worth market.
Harris Teeter supports United Way through donation card campaign
MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Wednesday launched a donation card campaign to support United Way. From Aug. 30, 2017 through Sept. 29, 2017, Harris Teeter customers will be invited to make a $1, $3 or $5 donation to United Way at checkout.
In 2016, Harris Teeter raised more than $458,000 for local United Way chapters as part of this campaign.
“Harris Teeter has a long-standing relationship with the United Way, and we are proud to lend them our support again this year,” stated Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are so thankful for the participation of our valued associates and loyal shoppers in helping us to raise funds and awareness for our local communities.”
United Way’s network of partners works collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services to achieve the best possible result. Education programs support early childhood literacy, tutoring initiatives, mentoring, and family support initiatives that provide important life navigation for students and their families.
All funds collected at checkout will remain local, as donations are given to the United Way chapter in the community nearest to the Harris Teeter at which the money was donated.
Publix donates $5 million to Feeding America member food banks
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Charities announced earlier this week it will donate $5 million to Feeding America member food banks, schools and other nonprofit organizations all focused on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area.
The donation will provide funding to assist in the transportation and childhood program needs of the food banks and nonprofit agencies. Over the past three years, Publix Super Market Charities has contributed more than $11.5 million to hunger related programs.
This donation continues Publix Super Markets Charities’ commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves. Food banks, schools and other nonprofits are in need of funding to support feeding programs such as emergency food boxes, Kids Cafés (program designed to provide free snacks and meals to kids in need at community locations during afterschool hours), school pantries and back pack programs. Refrigerated trucks are also needed to transport perishable items that are donated by food retailers. To help meet these needs, Feeding America and 31 member food banks within their network will receive a gift of $50,000 – $150,000 from the Foundation.
This funding will assist more than 10,700 agencies served by the member food banks.
In related efforts, the Foundation also will give an additional 77 local food banks, 57 back pack programs and 26 school pantries funding to help meet localized community needs. The $5 million donation will benefit a total of 192 nonprofit agencies throughout the Southeast.
“For more than 50 years, we have been nourishing the communities in which Publix operates,” stated Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “Through these efforts, we’ve supported early education programs and the plight of the hungry and homeless, recognizing the importance of education and proper nutrition. We believe every child deserves to have hope, love and joy. Our Foundation is dedicated to giving these gifts of nourishment and hope to our communities.”