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Sam’s Club donates $1 million to help end child hunger

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club announced that it will donate $1 million to support child hunger programs through Feeding America as part of its Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club event, which will be held from Nov. 18 to 20.

"Knowing that our annual Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club event helps raise awareness to the critical issue of child hunger in our country is extremely gratifying to the entire Sam’s Club family," Sam’s Club VP grocery Heather Mayo said. "Through our partnership with Feeding America, we have been able to provide meats, cheeses and baked goods for distribution to hundreds of food banks nationwide, donating more than 51 million pounds of food, which provided more than 39 million meals in 2010 alone."

The $1 million donation from Sam’s Club will help support families in need through Feeding America network food banks in 12 cities identified as having the greatest need:

  • Atlanta;

  • Chicago;

  • Dallas;

  • Detroit;

  • Houston;

  • Las Vegas;

  • Los Angeles;

  • Miami;

  • Phoenix;

  • Santa Clara, Calif.;

  • Tampa Bay; and

  • Washington, D.C.

"This gift — especially during the holiday season — shows Sam’s Club commitment to helping the Feeding America network provide food to the more than 37 million people who use our services," Feeding America president and CEO Vicki Escarra said. "But the problem is much larger than that. With nearly 49 million people, including 16 million children, in this country facing hunger, this grant will help us get more food to even more people in need."

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iHealth features healthcare docking station for Apple enthusiasts

BY Michael Johnsen

HARRISBURG, Pa. — iHealth, the blood-pressure monitor for the tech-savvy iPad user, is featured here on a Target shelf in central Pennsylvania. Just down the street is a Best Buy, where a technophile-friendly healthcare device like this may also gain traction.

While Apple provides no download numbers, the Apple App Store features more than 6,000 health related applications, according to an analysis from MobileHealthNews.com. Based on growth trends, MobileHealthNews.com estimates by August 2012 there will be more than 13,000 iPhone health apps available for consumers.

Tablet-friendly blood-pressure monitors may not just be for technophiles before too long.
 

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Giant Eagle looks to its own for CEO, president positions

BY Gail Hoffer

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle has named Laura Shapira Karet CEO and John Lucot president and COO. Both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2012.

Karet, 42, is taking over the position from her father David Shapira, who will assume the position of executive chairman of Giant Eagle’s board of directors. Shapira has served as CEO since 1980.

"Our company’s success is made possible by the commitment to our founding principles, and the continued dedication of 36,000 team members who deliver the Giant Eagle experience to customers each day," Karet said. "I hope to emulate the type of leader that my father has been for our company, while continuing to cultivate a dedication to high quality foods, great customer service and investing in the communities we serve."

Karet joined Giant Eagle in 2000 as VP. Karet most recently served as Giant Eagle senior EVP and chief strategy officer, responsible for the development and management of Giant Eagle’s long-term business plan and setting direction for its corporate priorities and innovations.

Prior to joining Giant Eagle, Karet held marketing executive positions at Sara Lee from 1997 to 2000, including director branded marketing for the bakery division. Karet also served in several brand management roles at Procter & Gamble from 1990 to 1997 for household name products, such as Crisco shortening, Folgers Coffee, Giorgio Beverly Hills fragrances and Secret antiperspirant.

Lucot currently serves as COO for Giant Eagle and was instrumental in the development of Giant Eagle’s GetGo, Real Estate and Independent Operations businesses, according to the company. He began is career at Giant Eagle in 1974 as a Giant Eagle supermarket clerk. His tenure has included executive positions in distribution, retail development, real estate and operations.

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