This morning, Sendik’s Food Markets was celebrated as one of the Wisconsin Grocers Association’s 2012 Community Service Award recipients. Michelle Kussow of the WGA surprised siblings Ted, Patrick and Nick Balistreri and Margaret Harris, co-owners of Sendik’s, during a meeting and presented them with the award. Also taking part in the surprise were Bonnie Bellehumeur and Gina Styer of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, who had nominated Balistreri owned and operated Sendik’s Food Markets for the award.

“We’re delighted that the Wisconsin Grocers Association has selected Sendik’s Food Markets as the winner of the 2012 WGA Community Service Award,” said Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.  “Since 2008 Sendik’s has been a steadfast supporter of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, providing more than one million meals to children and families in need in our community. Sendik’s is very deserving of this honor.”

This is the fifth year that the WGA has given the Community Service Award. Award recipients are nominated by WGA members and chosen by the WGA Board of Directors.

“This award is made to recognize grocers at all levels of the business who play an outstanding role in the betterment of their community,” said Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association.

Community involvement and charitable giving are a core component of Sendik’s mission, as the local grocer strongly believes in strengthening and developing the communities its serves. A cornerstone of Sendik’s community service involves sales of its Real Food magazine, which are sold for $1.99 at all 10 locations in support of a quarterly charity partner.

Proceeds from the fall issue of the magazine and other in-store events in the months of August, September and October will be donated to Feeding America. This year, Sendik’s is looking to best the $44,000 and 58,000 pounds of food donated to the local non-profit during the fall 2011 quarter. Including that donation last fall, the previous four donations to its quarterly charity partners have totaled more than $275,000, supporting the MACC Fund, ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Penfield’s Children Center.

Sendik’s makes additional donations to local non-profit organizations through its charitable donations board. Additionally, the grocer is proud to offer a SCRIP program in support of schools, churches, synagogues, temples and school booster clubs.

“This award is a great honor for Sendik’s,” said Ted Balistreri. “It really reflects the unbelievable support of  our customers and associates. They have supported charities like Feeding America for many years, and its having a positive impact on our community. We can’t thank them enough.”

Featured, General, News | August 24th, 2012