GOLDEN GROCER AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN ALL YEAR!
The Outreach Coalition of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is
pleased to announce it is accepting nominations for the Golden Grocer
Hunger Champions Award Program. These awards represent the retailer
component of the Hunger Champions Award Program by recognizing the
instrumental role retailers play in the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP). Retailers committed to the FNS vision of
ending hunger and improving nutrition and health has ensured the success
of the SNAP. Highlighting successful activities that improve service to
recipients of SNAP benefits and low-income customers will provide other
retailers with exemplary models to replicate.
The Golden Grocer Hunger Champions awards will be given to
retailers that provide excellence in customer service, outreach, and/or
nutrition education. Awards will be acknowledged by FNS as nominations
are submitted and reviewed. All nominees will be recognized with a
plaque noting their commitment to these initiatives. In addition,
all nominees will be listed as model retailers on the SNAP web site at (http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach).
The nomination process is simple. Anyone may submit a nomination form
and firms may self-nominate. To be eligible for a nomination, a firm
must be a SNAP authorized retailer in good standing. As in the past,
awards will be given in three categories of SNAP authorized firms: local
stores affiliated with large corporations, small independent grocery
stores, and farmers’ markets. Nomination forms and instructions for
submitting them are available on line at the web pages of SNAP Outreach
www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach and the Food Research and Action
Center www.frac.org .
The FNS Outreach Coalition is a national group of organizations and
individuals that provide a forum for the sharing of outreach ideas,
strategies, and resources in order to improve the accessibility of FNS
nutrition assistance programs and increase participation by eligible
persons. The Coalition seeks to broaden community awareness of and
support for FNS nutrition assistance programs, and is committed to
improving its effectiveness through viable partnerships.
Questions concerning the Golden Grocer Award Program and the Outreach
Coalition should be emailed to