Wegmans to pay out roughly $5M in employee tuition assistance in 2018
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As part of its ongoing effort to help its employees pursue higher education and achieve their career goals, Wegmans Food Markets announced it is planning to pay out approximately $5 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning recipients of the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program during the 2018-2019 school year.
Since the program began in 1984, more than 36,500 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $115 million.
“We are so proud of our people and all that they are able to accomplish,” said Colleen Wegman, president and CEO. “Our employee scholarship program is a way for us to help them pursue higher education and their career goals, whether they choose to build that career at Wegmans or elsewhere.”
Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 per year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation. The supermarket chain noted that many scholarship winners decide to stay with the company after college, continuing their career growth within the company.
Atlanta holds top spot in Walgreens ‘Red Nose Day’ challenge
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Atlanta continues to take the lead for overall Red Nose Day fundraising activities, Walgreens announced Wednesday in releasing its latest rankings for the Every One Counts Hometown Challenge.
Chicago maintains its fourth place as residents are encouraged to rally to help end child poverty and boost their city for next week.
The challenge features 10 U.S. markets — deemed Walgreens “Red Rally Markets” for their role in helping to rally their communities to help end child poverty — going nose-to-nose in a challenge to raise the most money for the Red Nose Day cause during the eight-week campaign.
Following Red Nose Day, which takes place May 24 with a night of programming on NBC, Walgreens will announce the winner of the challenge. The victorious city will be designated as “Red Nose Day Hometown Hero” for the next 12 months.
Hometown Challenge Progress Report (week of May 7, 2018):
Newark, N.J./New York City
The weekly rankings are compiled using store-level data for combined Red Nose Day sales (Red Noses and Red Nose Day related merchandise) across Walgreens store locations in designated Red Rally markets. Data for the progress report is analyzed at a geographic market level to measure total store performance of Red Nose Day sales.
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief USA. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised more than $1 billion since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Since launching in the United States in 2015, Red Nose Day has raised more than $100 million, which has positively impacted more than 8.3 million children, both in America and abroad.
Weis Markets bets on chronic care
Last spring, as part of the grand opening of a new flagship location, Weis Markets placed an in-store dietitian’s office adjacent to the pharmacy, with only a mutual private consultation room separating the two.
That not only enabled shoppers at that Enola, Pa.-based store to schedule a consultation with the in-store dietitian, but also helped pharmacy patients make a profound connection. Not only can they pick up their prescriptions here, they can discuss ways to improve their health through better food choices, too.
Weis Markets planned to hire more full-time dietitians to serve across its 206-store footprint in the past year. Working together, the company’s dietitians and pharmacists may one day represent a critical pairing in helping to boost metrics across the Five-Star Quality Rating System created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Toward that end, Weis Markets’ dietitian in the Lewisburg, Pa., area began working with local healthcare providers on diabetic workshops last year, said Rick Seep, vice president of pharmacy at Weis Markets, during an early-morning tour of the store with Drug Store News at the time of its opening.
The new store featured the latest shelf labels, featuring Weis Markets’ “NutriFacts” program, which represents a guide to healthier eating with labels that call out heart-healthy foods or gluten-free options to shoppers perusing the aisles. The store also featured Weis Markets’ “Nourish Your Gut” program, which identifies such foods that can boost gut health as whole wheat breads or other sources of probiotics.