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Meijer to match donations to program for food pantries 2-to-1

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will match donations to a program to provide food for poor families later this month to mark the program’s fifth year, the mass merchandiser said.

The Midwestern retailer said it would match two-to-one every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 to celebrate the program’s five years of existence. The program has generated more than $6.5 million for local food pantries, equal to 39 million meals. One-in-six families in the country is considered food-insecure, according to Feeding America.

"This holiday season marks a milestone for the Simply Give program," co-chairman Doug Meijer said. "We’ve been feeding hungry families in the communities we serve for five years, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners. We are pleased this program has helped fill a void by providing 39 million meals to our hungry neighbors."

 

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Touro College of Pharmacy appoints Zvi Loewy as interim dean

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The Touro College and University System has appointed an interim dean for its school of pharmacy, the New York-based school said Thursday.

Touro announced the appointment of Zvi Loewy, professor and chairman of the Touro College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. Stuart Feldman stepped down as dean last week. Loewy’s experience includes more than 30 years in academia, pharmaceutical companies and biotech start-up companies; he also is published widely and holds more than two dozen patents.

"I am pleased that Dr. Loewy has agreed to undertake this significant assignment at this time," Touro president and CEO Alan Kadish said. "With his experience in the biological sciences and pharmacy education, research and private industry, as well as his proven commitment to the school and its mission, the college is well-served to have Dr. Loewy take the lead at this time. I wish him every success as he collaborates with the campus provost and CEO, Dr. Jay Sexter, in carrying out this new assignment." 

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International Diabetes Federation appoints Petra Wilson as CEO

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BRUSSELS — A former executive from Cisco has been appointed as CEO of the International Diabetes Federation.

The IDF announced Thursday the appointment of Petra Wilson, who formerly served as Cisco’s senior director of the European health and care business solutions team, working with the World Health Organization, the European Commission, governments and others.

"I am delighted to be taking up this challenging post," Wilson said. "Diabetes is one of the most pressing health challenges globally, which demands that people, organizations, communities and nations work together to create a better future for those affected by the disease. IDF has a deservedly high reputation as a forthright advocate for people with diabetes, and I look forward to being part of such a dynamic global movement."

Wilson also previously was director of the European Health Management Association and a scientific officer for the European Commission, where she was in charge of the European eHealth Action Plan. Prior to that, she was a professor at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, teaching in the university’s law and medical schools.

 

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