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MinuteClinic becomes participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic announced on Thursday that it has become a contracted provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, which provides health insurance products, services or networks to 1.2 million individuals.
 
Under the agreement, these individuals now will have access to 16 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics located inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in communities throughout the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas.

"This is an important development in the growth of our business in Arizona as we expand access to care to thousands of new patients," said Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. "By offering high quality treatment in a convenient setting, we can work with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to help reduce health care insurance expenses for its members as well as time spent away from members’ families and the workplace."


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Ninth annual Hunger Has a Cure campaign kicks off at Food Lion family of banners, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion family of banners, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food announced the launch of its ninth annual Hunger Has a Cure, a campaign that supports local food banks affiliated with hunger relief charity Feeding America.

Food Lion, Harveys, Reid’s, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores will offer customers the chance to purchase ready-made food boxes — which contain six items of private-label products — for $4.99. The boxes are available while supplies last, and customers will have the opportunity to give cash donations at the register in lieu of sold-out boxes. All of the stores will have designated food collection area where customers can place the food boxes or other nonperishable items.

The supermarket chains hope to collectively surpass previous box donation counts and raise more than 1.5 million pounds of food, valued at more than $1.2 million.

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Safeway kicks off Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced it is teaming up with Kraft Foods, customers, local food banks and broadcast partners to collect food donations at all Safeway stores now through Dec. 24, through the retailer’s Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive.

As part of the campaign, Safeway has created a specially produced shopping bag filled with the items that food banks need the most. The bag, which will be available for $10 at all Safeway stores, includes:

  • Chicken of the Sea chunk white tuna;

  • Kraft Nabisco premium crackers;

  • Kraft macaroni and cheese;

  • Pantry Essentials canned vegetables;

  • Safeway spaghetti or macaroni (1-lb. package);

  • Safeway long grain rice (2-lb. package);

  • Safeway stuffing; and

  • Safeway cranberry sauce.

Additionally, Kraft Foods will provide a special holiday gift in the form of a grant to several food banks in each of Safeway’s U.S. operating divisions, a total commitment of $400,000. The cash donation will help the food banks provide roughly 2 million meals, Safeway said.

"Assisting people who need help during the holidays and throughout the year is a Safeway priority," said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of The Safeway Foundation. "This campaign provides an opportunity for us to help make a brighter holiday for countless families."

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