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Nash Finch’s charitable foundation has been named a local Jefferson Awards Winner for corporate giving by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The Minneapolis-based company’s associates and senior executives volunteered more than 5,000 hours of time in 2009, mostly in the Twin Cities area, while focusing extensively on hunger relief by volunteering at such partner agencies as Loaves and Fishes, where associates regularly volunteer by serving meals to the hungry.
Since 2006, Nash Finch has also distributed more than 90,000 books to nonprofits, schools, and children in need through its “Feeding Imagination” educational program.
“I could not be more proud of the NFC Foundation and the many Nash Finch associate volunteers,” said Alec Covington, president/CEO of Nash Finch. Noting that 2009 “was a very difficult year for many, which makes the amount of effort, time and resources put into charitable giving that much more meaningful,” Covington congratulated all of the company’s many volunteers, especially those recruited by foundation chairman Brian Numainville, for their hard work and dedication.
Focusing primarily on relief efforts related to hunger and shelter, the NFC Foundation aids people in need throughout the communities where Nash Finch associates live and work, while also providing assistance through financial contributions to nonprofits and associate volunteerism.
The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They are presented on two levels: national and local. The awards began in 1972 as a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a “Call to Action for Volunteers” in local communities. Together with the Wilmington, Del.-based Jefferson Awards, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognizes 12 companies throughout the year for their philanthropic work.