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McKesson employees to create care kits for cancer patients as part of its Community Days program

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — From Oct. 14 to Oct. 19, McKesson employees in more than 150 locations across the United States will participate in the 15th Community Days program, an annual company event. During Community Days, McKesson  employees will gather for large group volunteer projects benefiting the local communities where they live and work. 

This year, employees will help create more than 15,000 Comfort Kits, cancer care packages that will be distributed through Giving Comfort, a program of the McKesson Foundation.

"While the search for a cure continues, patients fighting cancer need our help right now," stated Elizabeth Howland, managing director development of Giving Comfort. "Cancer is a brutal disease, both physically and financially, and can take a significant toll on both patients and their families. We hope that the efforts of McKesson’s employees nationwide and the distribution of Comfort Kits will help make treatment more bearable for these patients."

Through generous donations by individuals, Comfort Kits are provided to patients in need free-of-charge. One hundred percent of individual donations go directly to purchasing and delivering Comfort Kits through the Giving Comfort Distribution Network Partners, which include the Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald Houses.

In addition to providing donated kits, Giving Comfort provides an e-store that allows individuals to purchase a Comfort Kit online for a friend or loved one, regardless of income, and have the gift sent directly to the recipient’s home or hospital room with a personal note enclosed. All of the proceeds from these kit sales go directly back into supporting Giving Comfort.

 

 

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Second quarter sales up slightly at Supervalu to $4 billion

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday reported a second quarter fiscal 2014 net sales increase of 0.2% to $4 billion and net earnings of $40 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.

“Similar to what we outlined in the first quarter, we remain focused on delivering steady improvements in our business each and every quarter,” stated Sam Duncan, Supervalu president and CEO. “While our end goal won’t be achieved overnight, I am encouraged with our results this quarter and, more importantly, the way we are achieving these results by building a strong foundation that is focused on our customers.”

Identical store sales in the Save-A-Lot network were negative 0.3%. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were positive 4.6%. Identical store sales in the retail food segment were negative 0.9%.

 

 

 

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Bi-Lo, Dole partner on anti-hunger campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo and Dole have joined forces to help raise money for an anti-hunger campaign begun by a 9-year-old girl who donated her 40-lb. cabbage to a soup kitchen to feed the hungry, the companies announced Thursday. Through Oct. 22, Bi-Lo is donating five cents to Katie’s Krops each time a customer purchases three or more pounds of Dole bananas at any location.

“As a local grocer, we’re committed to supporting programs that address hunger in our community, like Katie’s Krops,” stated Mary Kellmanson, SVP marketing Bi-Lo. “We are proud to be the first grocery chain to launch a program like this with Katie’s Krops, and encourage our customers to support this effort as they shop in our stores this week.”

Melissa Allen Tazewell purchases bananas at a BI-LO store in Summerville, S.C.

“With the support of Bi-Lo and Dole, Katie’s Krops will be closer to reaching our goal — to have at least one garden in all 50 states that is donated to feed people in need,” commented Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization that empowers kids to start their own vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need. “The money raised helps us educate and empower kids to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes, ultimately ending hunger.”

 

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