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Ideavillage’s Snackeez launches new 2-in-1 snack, drink cup

BY Lesley Thulin

NEW YORK — Snackeez, a product by Ideavillage, has launched a new, disposable 2-in-1 snack and drink cup called the Snackeez DUO. 
 
DUOs can hold up to two ounces in the cup and six ounces in the snack bowl, which nests into the cup’s rim and snaps in place to close. The product also includes a straw and a no-spill, flip-top snack bowl lid. 
 
Unlike the original Snackeez unit, the BPA-free, recyclable DUOs are designed to be disposable but are sturdy enough to be reused. Snackeez DUO are sold in packs of 10 for $9.99 and can be bought at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as Bed Bath & Beyond. 
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McKesson names Kathy McElligott CIO

BY David Salazar

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson announced Monday that Kathy McElligott had been appointed EVP and chief information officer, as well as chief technology officer, effective July 20. She will succeed Randy Spratt who announced early this year that he would retire in the summer after 29 years with McKesson.

“We are delighted to welcome Kathy to our senior leadership team,” McKesson chairman and CEO John Hammergren said. “As a respected industry leader, her track record in strategic global technology and driving exceptional customer experience will help McKesson continue to deliver greater value to our customers and shareholders.”

McElligott will oversee McKesson’s enterprise business tech strategy and IT security among other duties as CIO and will guide the company’s healthcare technology products’ direction while providing support for companywide application development.

Most recently, McElligott was CIO at Emerson, where she has worked since 2000, previously serving as VP, information technology of Emerson Power Transmission and Emerson Industrial Automation. 

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Walmart donates $15.5 million for food, nutrition children’s programs

BY Gina Acosta

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Walmart Foundation is making a big statement in support of free school meal and education programs.

The organization will give away $15.5 million in grants to seven national nonprofits to support free meal and nutrition education programs this summer and throughout the school year. The programs in more than 7,700 communities across the country will help over 1 million low-income children and their families gain access to critical meals and teach them how to cook and eat healthy together.

“While many children look forward to the summer months as a time to relax, it can be a difficult time for families who rely on meals at school,” said Karrie Denniston, director of hunger relief and nutrition at the Walmart Foundation. “As in years past, this summer we continue our work with longstanding nonprofit partners to help more kids access meals and learn to develop nutritious eating habits so they can live healthy lives.”

The nonprofits receiving funding from the Walmart Foundation include: National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association (Y-USA), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative, National 4-H Council, National League of Cities, FoodCorps and Common Threads.

These grants come at a challenging time for the millions of children who are out of school and without access to school meals and daily routines. Many children who benefit from eating free and reduced priced school meals do not participate in summer meal programs.

Although this gap is slowly closing, only one in six low-income children who relied on school lunch during the school year participated in a summer nutrition program last year, according to a new report issued by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This leaves many children vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition during the summertime and poses a risk to future health.

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