Walmart Foundation launches ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Walmart Foundation on Monday launched "Fight Hunger. Spark Change.," a nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger. The campaign will provide $3.7 million in grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief to people in need of food assistance. As part of the initiative, Walmart is teaming up with chef, cookbook author and TV host, G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at Walmart.com/FightHunger.
Feeding America recently released its Hunger in America 2014 report showing that in a single year one in seven Americans, including 12 million children, turn to the Feeding America food bank network for food assistance. To help Feeding America meet this need, Walmart is teaming up with six of the nation’s largest food companies — including General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company — to support food banks and local partner agencies across the country.
“Hunger remains a serious issue in our country as millions of Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. By engaging our associates, customers and suppliers in the fight against hunger, we can make a positive impact on this issue and ensure families have access to the healthier and nutritious food they need,” stated Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and SVP Walmart Sustainability. “Through this initiative, we’re giving everyone in America the opportunity to make a difference by simply voting online for their local food bank.”
From Sept. 15 through Oct. 5, customers can visit Walmart.com/FightHunger to cast one vote per day that will help direct grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies across the country. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant. The campaign also provides information on how customers can donate or volunteer to take a direct action in the fight against hunger in their local communities.
“One of my biggest passions as a chef is showing people how simple it can be to make healthy and delicious meals for their families,” Garvin said. “Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is making it simple and fun for the public to get involved and will help ensure all families have access to the healthy and nutritious food they need. I could not be more proud to support a cause that matters so much to so many.”
Through the initiative, the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals will be donated to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the United States.
Rite Aid Foundation launches KidCents to benefit children’s charities
CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation is taking charitable giving to the next level by letting customers choose the charity they want to support through KidCents, Rite Aid’s in-store, round-up program that supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children. Beginning Monday, members of the company’s wellness+ program will now have the ability to designate their change to one of the 204 approved KidCents charities on Kidcents.com.
Marking the occasion, Rite Aid associates across the country will present $10,000 checks to each of the 204 inaugural KidCents charities, totaling over $2 million in donations, starting today and continuing through the week. This initial group of KidCents charities was selected by Rite Aid associates across the country and is representative of all the communities the company serves.
Rite Aid president and COO Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of the Rite Aid Foundation, along with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, will help launch the nationwide celebrations by presenting two local nonprofit organizations, Leg Up Farm of Mt. Wolf and Family Support of Central Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, each with $10,000. The foundation will provide a total of $250,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit children’s charities during the course of the week.
“We know our customers share our passion when it comes to giving back to the community, and that’s why we created KidCents,” Martindale said. “By shopping at Rite Aid and rounding up their purchases, our customers can easily make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids right in their own community. And our initial group of charities is just the beginning, as we hope that customers who are already involved with an organization that supports children’s health and wellbeing will encourage that charity to apply to join KidCents, taking our program to a whole new level, helping even more kids.”
To participate, Rite Aid customers can sign into their wellness+ account at KidCents.com and review the profiles of approved KidCents charities they can choose to support. Each charity profile features information about the organization and the services it provides as well as stories of those helped by the organization. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change will be designated to their selected charity.
“As a public health official and as a father, I know how valuable it is for our children and young people to receive the resources they need to have the highest quality of life and health possible,” said Wolf. “KidCents provides an opportunity for people to make small contributions that can create lifelong impacts to the communities they serve.”
Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program can visit www.kidcents.com/apply to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. Once approved, KidCents charities are also eligible to earn a “Step Up” reward; for every $500 a charity raises in contributions through the KidCents program, it will receive a matching donation of $500 from KidCents, up to a maximum of $5,000 throughout the giving term.
Since its inception in 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $17 million to nonprofit organizations, and Rite Aid has partnered with its customers to raise and donate $65 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
Pharmavite announces two executive appointments: CMO and VP operations
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite on Monday named Etienne Patout (left) as its new chief marketing officer and Brett Buatti (right) as VP operations.
"These key appointments come at an important time for Pharmavite and I am certain that both Etienne and Brett's leadership qualities and relevant experience will help drive the company to continued success over the coming years," stated Connie Barry, CEO and board chair Pharmavite. "Etienne brings to Pharmavite a deep and broad understanding of the key tenets of consumer marketing while Brett has proven expertise in operations and supply chain management."
As new chief marketing officer, Patout comes to Pharmavite with nearly 20 years of experience within the CPG industry. Most recently, he served as general manager and VP for wholesome snacks at the Kellogg Co. Patout also previously worked at Kraft Foods where he was responsible for a number of key brand portfolios and gained recognition for being a business leader for reinvention and innovation. Patout received his Master of Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Buatti has worked at a number of consumer product companies including General Mills, Dole Food Company, Campbell Soup Company and most recently VP of manufacturing at NBTY. Brett received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences with a Minor in Economics from Dartmouth College. He also attended a joint program at Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he earned a Masters of Engineering Management.
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