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Local Grocers Fight Childhood Hunger with $85 Thousand Donation of Kid-Friendly Foods

June 10, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE

Local Grocers Fight Childhood Hunger with $85 Thousand Donation 

Kid-friendly food donation to help pantries during summer months

WHO:  Utah Food Bank and Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Fresh Market, Dick’s Market, Lin’s Market.)

WHAT: ARO team members will be assembling summer pantry orders containing kid-friendly items to aide local food pantries. The food items are a part of an $85 thousand dollar donation fundraised from the local grocers. (Visual) ARO team members building orders at Utah Food Bank.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Utah Food Bank, 3150 S 900 W, and Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Salt Lake City, UT (June 10, 2015) Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Lin’s Market, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market) will donate $85 thousand in kid-friendly food items to Utah Food Bank on June 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. ARO team members will build pantry orders at Utah Food Bank, combining kid-friendly items like shelf-stable milk, tuna, applesauce, oatmeal and more into boxes that will be distributed to Utahns facing hunger.

The 59,750 pounds of donated food will assist Utah Food Bank during its most critical time of year—when donations are typically at their lowest and need skyrockets for kids due to the absence of school provided meals while kids are on summer break.

The 85 thousand dollar donation was fundraised at local Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Lin’s Market, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores during their Season to Share campaign from generous guests.

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About Associated Retail Operations:

Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides products and services to more than 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. The corporate stores operate under five different banners and formats: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: www.maceys.com,www.freshmarketstores.comwww.dansfoods.comwww.linsmarketplace.com,www.dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found at www.afstores.com.

About Utah Food Bank:

Utah Food Bank provides food to a statewide network of 134 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 37.5 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 31.3 million meals, to families and individuals in need. Utah Food Bank also served just under 245,000 Kids Cafe meals, delivered almost 41,000 food boxes and filled more than 60,000 kids’ backpacks to ensure hunger-free weekends. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visitwww.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.

Contact:

 Sarah Pettit

Associated Food Stores

Cell: 801.916.1070

scpettit@afstores.com

Heidi Cannella

Utah Food Bank

801.599.6700

Heidic@utahfoodbank.org

Associated Food Stores Donates to Homeless Youth

May 21, 2015

Associated Food Stores Donates to Homeless Youth

Local Grocery Supplier Donates 750 Care Kits to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Salt Lake City Utah—(May 20, 2015) Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Associated Food Stores (AFS) would like to help break the cycle of homeless by giving back to Utah’s homeless teens. The locally owned grocery supplier donated 750 personal care kits to Volunteers of America (VOA) Homeless Youth Resource Center on Wednesday, May 20.

Each year, about one-thousand Utah teens ages 18-24 experience homelessness according to the Utah Comprehensive Report on Homelessness. This report states teens make up 6.7 percent of the homeless population. These teens are often in a state of desperation—searching for a safe place to stay, a cozy bed, a warm meal, clean clothes, a shower and someone to listen to them for support.

“VOA’s Homeless Youth Resource Center a supportive path from the street to self-sufficiency,” said Zach Bale, Chief Development Officer. “We aim to be the safety net and support that leads to basic need items, education, employment, and critical life skills for these teens to reach their full potential. We couldn’t do this without the support of donations from the community”

The kits contain basic hygiene items like hand sanitizer, a comb, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant in a string backpack that will be handed out to youth living on the streets and utilized in VOA’s drop in center.

“It’s surprising to learn how many teens, young kids in my eyes — are experiencing the harshness of homelessness each day,” said Neal Berube, CEO of Associated Food Stores. “Helping Utah’s homeless youth is incredibly humbling and a good reminder that we can all do something to help our neighbors in need.”

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About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America, Utah, is a human services, nonprofit organization that serves individuals suffering from homelessness, addiction, or mental illness. We have more than 150 paid professional staff and over 1,600 volunteers who serve an average of 10,000 people across the state of Utah each year. For more information, visit our website at voaut.org.

About Associated Food Stores 75th Anniversary

Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on the little guy, AFS has changed the way independent retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. Since 1940, Associated Food Stores has grown in monumental ways. Membership went from 34 to almost 500 independent retailers across Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Associated Food Stores entered retail operations in 1999 with the first corporately owned stores. Today, AFS owns and operates 42 stores under the Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market banners. Associated Food Stores has had an incredible past is looking forward to a bright future filled with many more opportunities to serve our retailers and communities.

About Associated Food Stores

Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 500 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit afstores.com.

 

For more information please contact:

Sarah Pettit
Associated Food Stores
scpettit@afstores.com
Cell: 801-916-1070
Desk: 801-978-8948

Rachael Wabel
Associated Food Stores
rmwabel@afstores.com
Desk: 801-978-8913

Deann Zebelean
Volunteers of America
DeAnn.Zebelean@voaut.org
Cell: 801-580-2175

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Associated Food Stores Donates to Homeless Youth

May 19, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY 

Associated Food Stores Donates to Homeless Youth

Local Grocery Supplier Donates 750 Care Kits to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

 

WHO: Associated Food Stores (AFS) and Volunteers of America (VOA) Homeless Youth Resource Center.

WHAT: AFS will be donating personal care kits to VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center.

WHEN: May 20, 2015

Agenda as follows:

  • Associated Food Stores employees assembling care kits 2:15 p.m. (at AFS) VISUALS: AFS team assembling kits.
  • AFS executive staff drop off care kits to VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center. VISUALS: AFS executive staff unloading care kits, taking a tour of the Youth Resource Center.

WHERE:

  • AFS kit assembly (1850 West 2100 South, SLC, 2:15 p.m.)
  • Donation drop-off: VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center (655 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, 3 p.m.)

WHY: AFS is celebrating its75th anniversary and knows this type of meaningful celebration would not take place without the support of the community. AFS would like to give back by donating to homeless youth—providing care kits containing soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a comb in a draw-string bag.

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About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America, Utah, is a human services, nonprofit organization that serves individuals suffering from homelessness, addiction, or mental illness. We have more than 150 paid professional staff and over 1,600 volunteers who serve an average of  10,000 people across the state of Utah each year. For more information, visit our website at voaut.org.

 About Associated Food Stores

Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 500 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit afstores.com.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Pettit

Associated Food Stores

scpettit@afstores.com

Cell: 801-916-1070

Desk: 801-978-8948

Rachael Wabel

Associated Food Stores

rmwabel@afstores.com

801-978-8913

Deann Zebelean

Volunteers of America

DeAnn.Zebelean@voaut.org

801-580-2175

Associated Food Stores Hires Director of Food Safety

March 13, 2015

Malinda Boothe Joins Wholesaler to Evolve Food Safety

Salt Lake City, UT (March 12, 2015) Associated Food Stores is taking major strides in the food safety movement. The grocery wholesaler, headquartered in Salt Lake, recently hired Malinda Boothe CP-FS, to fill the position of Director of Food Safety. Boothe will be responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic food safety and compliance program for Associated Food Stores’ more than 400 independent retailers, ensuring each one remains compliant with government food safety regulations.

“I am excited to be part of the team and want to make AFS the industry leader in food safety,” Boothe said. “Many changes are occurring within the food safety environment and my primary goal is to ensure our retail members are extremely progressive in protecting their customers and teams.”

Boothe previously served as the director of compliance for A&Z Produce in Salt Lake City and held several management positions in loss prevention and food safety at Supervalu stores throughout the Intermountain West. These experiences prepared her to assume the director of food safety position at AFS.

“We are excited to welcome Malinda to the AFS team and know she will do great things with the food safety program,” said Bob King, VP of member retail operations and government affairs. “We are positive our retailers will find her expertise and knowledge incredibly valuable.”

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Online Grocery Shopping Introduced in the Intermountain West

February 2, 2015

Associated Food Stores signs partnership with Rosie to transform online/mobile grocery shopping

Salt Lake City, UT (January 29, 2015) – Associated Food Stores (AFS) is making grocery shopping more convenient through a partnership with Rosie, an integrated software company, which will provide online/mobile shopping opportunities to retailers. The new platform will enable participating AFS corporate and member stores to reach new customers, while providing consumer behavior analytics, data analysis and new marketing opportunities.

Saveway Market in Salmon, Idaho is the first AFS member retailer to launch the service. The new program called Saveway Swift will launch on February 2, 2015 with in-store pickup. A delivery option will be added shortly. Several other member retailers will launch Rosie during the next month, including Lee’s Marketplace in Logan, Utah, Winegars Supermarkets in Roy and Bountiful, Utah and Clark’s Market in Snowmass, Colorado. AFS expects more retailers to follow in the coming months.

“We are delighted to team with Rosie to bring a new shopping experience to our guests,” said Neal Berube, president and CEO of AFS. “This alliance will transform the way people shop throughout the Intermountain West, how AFS operates and how independent retailers serve their guests.”

The partnership with Rosie will provide a seamless online/mobile shopping experience by allowing guests to order their groceries online and pick up the order at their local grocer. Certain participating retailers will also provide a delivery option for online orders. The cloud-based software remembers consumer shopping habits, builds shopper specific grocery lists from frequently purchased items and provides product recommendations based on individual shopping habits. Rosie is designed to work with all point of sale systems and does not require retailers to download software, allowing them to launch the new service quickly. Rosie’s services will help participating members of Associated Food Stores reach more busy moms, professionals and home-bound guests.

“Rosie provides best-in-class online/mobile shopping experiences for independent grocers and has transformed the way that local stores delight their customers every day,” said Nick Nickitas, Rosie’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting Rosie’s renowned platform at AFS member and corporate stores. This is a radical step for online/mobile grocery shopping and something that only Rosie and AFS can deliver.”

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com

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