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More than 300 employees at Minneapolis-based Nash Finch Co. will leave their desks June 9 to lend a helping hand to 17 Twin Cities organizations.
Through its “Helping Hands in the Community Day,” Nash Finch will provide approximately 1,600 hours of volunteer time to participating nonprofits groups. “At Nash Finch, we strongly believe that despite all of the work we must accomplish as a company, taking time to give back to those in need in our community is very important,” said Alec Covington, Nash Finch president and CEO. “Helping Hands in the Community Day engages our associates to support many organizations working hard every day to help the less fortunate.”
Organizations taking part in Helping Hands in the Community Day include Nash Finch’s NFC Foundation grant recipients, as well as groups that have benefited from book donations through Nash Finch’s Feeding Imagination educational program. Since 2001, the NFC Foundation has donated more than $2.9 million to nonprofits, focusing its efforts mostly on hunger and shelter needs. Feeding Imagination has provided more than 115,000 reading books to children, and the organizations that serve them, since its inception in 2006.
“It is exciting to have such a large number of volunteers assisting so many worthy nonprofits in the Twin Cities,” said Brian Numainville, NFC Foundation chairman. “The labor donated by Nash Finch associates provides a tremendous value to each organization. And not only is volunteering very helpful to the participating nonprofits, it also provides a great opportunity for our associates to make a difference by packing meals, painting, or landscaping, to name just a few of the activities.”
The NFC Foundation primarily focuses on relief efforts related to hunger and shelter, and provides assistance through financial contributions to nonprofits, as well as through associate volunteerism.
In other Nash Finch news, Kathleen Mahoney, the food distributor’s executive VP, general counsel and secretary, was named one of 25 Industry Leaders by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal at the Women in Business Awards Luncheon on May 12.
The Industry Leader award honors professional women who are recognized as accomplished leaders in their respective industries. “We are delighted that Kathy is being recognized with this award,” Covington said. “Her contributions and leadership at Nash Finch have been an important part of our success.”
Mahoney has held her current post since November 2009; she joined the company in 2004 as VP and deputy general counsel. She previously worked in private practice and in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.
Nash-Finch's core business, food distribution, serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores and Egypt. The company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods, Family Thrift Center, Avanza, Family Fresh Market and Sun Mart trade names.