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The FMI Foundation raised $800,000 throughout the last year and will continue to focus its efforts on food safety and health and nutrition initiatives, research and programs, according to FMI.
The milestone was celebrated at the Foundation’s third annual gala event held at the FMI Midwinter Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Leveraging the Foundation’s contributions, FMI continues to tackle challenging food safety concerns; fund scholarships for future food safety auditors; and forge partnerships to address complex nutrition and wellness issues.
The Foundation will further chart its course into 2014 across all focus areas, with a renewed emphasis on its Family Meals campaign, which, according to Cathy Polley, FMI Foundation executive director and FMI VP of health and wellness, boasts a redesigned website that will offer a customizable campaign toolbox so that companies can promote their own Family Meals inspiration to shoppers.
“We are a powerful, collective group,” Polley said. “Together, as an industry, we can send a message to consumers — we can elevate the role of the grocer as a partner in making family meals happen.”