GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shopko Foundation is happy to announce that it awarded grants totaling $1.1 million during 2014. The funds were awarded through the Foundation's four grant programs - Community Charitable Grants, Green Bay Area Grants, Teammate Community Service Grants and Teammate and Family Scholarships. Shopko and the Shopko Foundation are proud to have awarded grants totaling over $29.5 million in the last 35 years in the communities where Shopko does business.
"Shopko views each community where we serve our customers as our 'hometown'," said Peter McMahon, CEO Shopko. "We appreciate the opportunity to serve these communities and strive to strengthen 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 educational opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve and strive."
The Shopko Foundation supports accredited schools and 501(c)3 organizations. 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.
Shopko is owned by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm focused on leverage buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates 307 stores in 20 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 131 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; 4 Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 167 Shopko Hometown stores, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.
About the Shopko Foundation
Founded in 2004 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.