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Dollar General recognizes Kentucky teacher through its Every Day Heroes program

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General’s Every Day Heroes program recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary deeds, and this September, Dollar General, in partnership with Procter & Gamble, will celebrate and honor the nation’s schools and teachers, the discount retailer announced. 

Through their “Success Starts Here” national marketing campaign, including an advertorial in Better Homes & Gardens, the program on Monday recognized Boone County High School in Florence, Ky. and one of its teachers, Kimberly Shearer.

Shearer is a wife and mother, as well as an English teacher at Boone County High School. Her recognition as the Kentucky Teacher of the Year in 2012 is due in part to her strong advocacy of 21st century literacy skills and strengths in teaching students how to evaluate information, collaborate, master technology and to become life-long readers.

In honor of Kimberly Shearer, Dollar General is making a $10,000 donation to Boone County High School to help meet the needs of its diverse student body.

“Kimberly exemplifies the role model teacher by working early mornings and late evenings to ensure her students receive the education she knows they deserve,” stated Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s EVP and chief merchandising officer. “She embodies the Dollar General Every Day Hero through her dedication to her students by preparing them for the future and her students will undoubtedly benefit from her passion for teaching today’s youths.”


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Harris Teeter donates more than 57,000 lbs. of fresh peaches to local food bank

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms on Friday donated approximately 28,725 lbs. of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to help feed the hungry in the local community. The donation is part of the retailer’s participation in the “Peaches with A Purpose” program sponsored by peach grower Titan Farms. 

The program spanned four weeks in July and August and encompassed 150 Harris Teeter stores in North and South Carolina. The total donation is in excess of 57,000 lbs. of peaches; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. in Winston-Salem and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte will each benefit from the program.

“Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. is dedicated to increasing access to healthy food to improve the food security and health of people in need across its 18-county service area,” said Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director for Second Harvest. “Our year-round partnership with Harris Teeter is critical to this mission, as are generous donations from suppliers like Titan Farms. The fresh peaches donated today will benefit the growing numbers of individuals and families in need turning to our network of partner food assistance programs for help.”

“We are excited to be the first retailer to participate in Peaches with a Purpose,” commented Catherine Becker, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Fresh produce is scarce in food banks across the country, and we are happy to be able to contribute nutritious items to those in need.”


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Safeway declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. 

The dividend matches what Safeway had issued in the previous quarter. Shares were down 19 cents for the day, closing at $26.69.  

"The grocer has been a reliable dividend payer over the years, although it’s currently burdened by a high level of debt and a relatively low reserve of cash," reported The Motley Fool. "The just-declared dividend annualizes to $0.80 per share. That yields just under 3% at Safeway’s most recent closing stock price." 

The cash dividend will be payable Oct. 10 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 19.


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