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Shopko Foundation Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants

GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shopko Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants totaling $981,000 during fiscal year 2012.  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.  The Shopko Foundation is proud to have awarded grants totaling approximately $26 million in the last 33 years in the communities where Shopko does business. 

"Shopko views each community where we serve our customers as our 'hometown'," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko Interim CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "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 committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve and strive to make an impact through the Shopko Foundation."

Through its Community Charitable Grant and Green Bay Area Grant Programs, the Shopko Foundation awards funds during the year to accredited schools and 501(c)(3) programs which promote the education and health of Shopko teammates and customers.  The Community Charitable Grant Program awards funds to organizations or accredited schools in all communities where Shopko stores are located. The focus of the Foundation's Green Bay Area Grant Program is to strengthen the community where it was founded and where the company maintains its corporate headquarters.

The Teammate and Family Scholarship Program annually awards post-secondary scholarships to Shopko employees and their dependent children. The $2500 scholarships are awarded through a competitive process based on the students' academic record, leadership, community activities, honors and goals. Recipients are determined by an independent selection committee comprised of Wisconsin educators.

The Shopko Foundation is also proud to award funds to various 501(c)(3) charitable groups through the Teammate Community Service Grant Program.  The Foundation awards Teammate Community Service Grants twice annually to recognize and support Shopko teammates who volunteer their time for a non-profit organization in their communities. 

About Shopko

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; 16 Shopko Pharmacy locations; and 176 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 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

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