The Kroger Co. Foundation Announces Racial Equity Fund Build It Together Partners

Foundation collectively invests $3 million to advance racial equity through partnerships with Black Girl Ventures, Everytable, LISC and Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) Foundation (“Foundation”) today announced the recipients of its Racial Equity Fund Build It Together grant challenge, an initiative awarding $3 million in grants and forging partnerships with innovative organizations to help build more equitable, inclusive communities. This initiative reflects a focus area of Kroger’s Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, a 10-point commitment announced in October 2020 to accelerate and promote greater change in the workplace and in the communities the company serves.

The Foundation invited 14 organizations to apply for up to $1 million in funding through the Build It Together grant challenge, which welcomed organizations to submit proposals aimed at positively uplifting, supporting and impacting communities of color. A panel of judges, including Kroger associates and leaders, external partners, and local community foundations, evaluated the proposals and selected four finalists that collectively will receive $3 million to accelerate their visions.

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DoorDash To Provide Over $1 Million In COVID-19 Relief Grants To Help Canadian Restaurants

DoorDash’s latest Main Street Strong effort will support restaurants in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis

DoorDash today announced it would provide $1,125,000 CAD in local COVID-19 relief grants as part of its expanded grant program to help restaurants in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Restaurants will be able to apply to receive a $3,000 CAD grant to be used to offset costs associated with the ongoing pandemic. The grant program is part of the company’s $200 million USD, 5-year Main Street Strong Pledge, which includes a $10 million USD grant program to help restaurants in select cities across Canada and the United States.

“Restaurants in our city have been heavily impacted by the ongoing pandemic. This new program from DoorDash embodies the importance of working together and supporting each other through these difficult times. I want to thank DoorDash for stepping up and for providing financial assistance to restaurants across this city. I hope that restaurants in Toronto are able to take advantage of this grant program so we can continue to build up and support our city’s main streets,” said Mayor John ToryCity of Toronto.

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Specialty Food Association To Hold Fancy Food Show September 27-29, 2021

Specialty Food Association Fancy Food Show 2021

Modified Version of Summer Fancy Food Show Set for Javits Center, New York City

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) has scheduled its sole in-person trade show for 2021. Set for September 27-29, it will be known as the Fancy Food Show 2021 and held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The SFA consulted with its members, New York City and State officials, the Javits Center, and health experts, to gauge the safety and viability of moving forward with a live event. After an intensive analysis, the SFA decided upon a modified, late third-quarter Fancy Food Show.

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Glancy Wine Education Foundation Announces Game-Changing Donation from Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation

The $100,000 contribution will fund scholarships for more than 30 students in need.

The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is pleased to announce a charitable contribution in the amount of $100,000 from the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation to provide financial aid to disadvantaged and minority workers seeking wine education as a means of increasing their earning potential.

The donated funds provide a significant boost to the foundation, allowing it to support more than 30 students in need of financial aid, especially those from disadvantaged and minority communities, during the most difficult time facing the hospitality industry in decades.

“We are positively thrilled at the generosity shown by Wine Spectator’s Scholarship Foundation in this donation,” said Glancy Wine Education Foundation CEO Cheryl Halloran. “Support from industry leaders like this has never been more crucial to this industry.”

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Coalition Of Bay Area Restaurants And Wineries Files Lawsuit Against Governor Newsom For Harmful “Arbitrary And Irrational” Outdoor Dining Ban

The Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening fights to reopen safe outdoor service

he Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening (the “Coalition”) announced today its filing of a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Tomás J. Aragón alleging that the state’s ban on outdoor dining and wine tasting is arbitrary, irrational, and unfair. The impact of the ban has brought “ravaging” effects not just on local businesses but thousands of workers who have lost their jobs, the Coalition contends. The Coalition comprises more than 50 restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and suppliers across Napa and Sonoma Counties and other parts of the Bay Area.

According to the complaint, the state regulations enacted in December 2020 arbitrarily and unfairly targeted restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms by indefinitely and without scientific basis banning outdoor dining and wine tastings in NapaSonoma, and elsewhere while allowing indoor businesses like retail to operate with little regulation.

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