GREEN BAY, Wis., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shopko Foundation is happy to announce that it has awarded grants totaling $49,136.66 during the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 through its Community Charitable Grant Program. The Shopko Foundation is proud to have awarded grants totaling over $25 million in the last 32 years in the communities where Shopko does business.
"Shopko views each community where we serve our customers as our 'hometown,'" said Paul Jones, Shopko President and CEO. "We appreciate the opportunity to serve these communities and strive to strenghten them through the Shopko Foundation's support of charitable groups and activities that are important to the people who live and work there. We are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and eductaional opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve."
The Shopko Foundation's Community Charitable Grant Program awards grants up to $1,000 to 501(c)(3) organizations or accredited schools in communities where Shopko stores are located. The grants are awarded throughout the year to support programs which further the Foundation's purpose of promoting the health and education of Shopko teammates and customers.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 134 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 10 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. Shopko is in the process of converting over 170 recently-acquired stores and pharmacies to the Shopko Hometown brand. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.
About the Shopko Foundation
Founded in 2007, the Shopko Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation operated exclusively for charitable purposes. To maximize its impact, the Foundation has a narrow focus on areas of giving that support the health of Shopko customers, teammates and communities. The Foundation also recognizes that education is fundamental to an individual's health and functionality in society. Funds support established non-profit organizations with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, critical programs or innovative new organizations and programs supported by established non-profits or successful leadership. The Foundation issues grants to support organizations or programs that help citizens of all ages maintain or improve their physical health and help students succeed in school and become self-sufficient adults.
For more information, visit www.shopko.com/foundation.
SOURCE Shopko Foundation