The FMI Foundation raised $800,000 in the past year and will continue to focus its efforts on food safety and health and nutrition initiatives, research and programs, according to FMI.

The Foundation hosted its third annual gala event during the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Leveraging the Foundation’s contributions, FMI continues to tackle challenging food safety concerns, such as Listeria monocytogenes; fund scholarships for future food safety auditors; and forge partnerships to address complex nutrition and wellness issues, the association said. 


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The Foundation will further chart its course into 2014 across all its focus areas, with a renewed emphasis on its Family Meals campaign, which is symbolically recognized each year with the Gold Plate Awards.

Cathy Polley, FMI Foundation executive director and FMI VP of health and wellness, said, “We are a powerful, collective group. Together, as an industry, we can send a message to consumers — we can elevate the role of the grocer as a partner in making family meals happen.”

Polley said Family Meals’ redesigned website will offer a customizable campaign toolbox so that companies can promote their own Family Meals inspiration to shoppers. To literally seal their commitment and support the initiative, gala attendees signed plates and posted their photos to the Family Meals’ Instagram account. FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin signed the first plate.

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