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Sears Holdings event to highlight efforts to help veterans transition to civilian workforce

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Holdings Corp. is honoring members of the armed forces with an inaugural "Invite a Veteran to Work Day" at its headquarters and nearly 2,000 stores next month.

The event will take place on Nov. 6 at the retailer’s Hoffman Estates, Ill., headquarters and at 1,800 Sears and Kmart stores across the country. At each event, the company will honor the veterans; provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the company’s operations; and share how they can transition into the civilian workforce and prepare themselves for a career with the company.

"We recognize the key role the veteran community plays in the workforce as evidenced by our 30,000 veteran associates, many of whom are still serving in the National Guard and the Reserve forces," Sears Holdings VP talent acquisition and diversity Sherry Nolan-Schultz said. "We invite all veterans to join us on this unique day to learn more about our company, career opportunities and workforce re-entry strategies."

 

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Food Lion Charitable Foundation, Western Union Foundation partner to help fight child hunger

BY Antoinette Alexander

SALISBURY, N.C. — Feeding America has announced that the Food Lion Charitable Foundation and The Western Union Foundation have rejoined forces to donate $200,000 to Feeding America and nine of its member food banks.
 
The Food Lion Charitable Foundation’s contribution is in support of addressing child hunger, while The Western Union Foundation is funding the educational component. The grant focuses on students in the communities that Food Lion and Western Union serve.
 
Food Lion Charitable Foundation president Kevin Hill and Frank Lockridge, VP strategic accounts at Western Union, presented checks to representatives from the respective food banks during an Oct. 15 presentation at the Food Lion corporate offices in Salisbury.
 
The nine food banks in the Feeding America network that are recipients of the donation employ a variety of innovative approaches to provide nutritious food and nutrition education to children and adults in the communities.
 
Specifically, the combined donation will support Feeding America’s Kids Cafe programs at each of the food banks. For example, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has 42 Kids Cafe sites in 12 different counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.
 
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves.
 

 

 

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Former Secretary of Defense, CIA director Leon Panetta to keynote 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will serve as a keynote speaker for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting scheduled from April 26 to 29 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced.

“The world remains tremendously complex, and one can only imagine the global dynamics that will be at the top of the news in April 2014. Whatever the headlines, Secretary Panetta is one of the select few who has the first-hand experience to deliver meaningful insights to NACDS Annual Meeting attendees on issues of national security,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.

Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense under President Obama, during which time he oversaw the final removal of American troops from Iraq as well as the beginning of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.

Prior to leading the Department of Defense, Panetta served as director of the CIA from 2009 to 2011, and most notably was responsible for overseeing the operation that resulted in the capture of Osama bin Laden. Panetta also served as chief of staff to President Clinton and as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also represented California’s 16th (now17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, serving as U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman for four years.

An advocate for public service, Panetta also co-directed with this wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy based at California State University. The nonpartisan and not-for-profit center seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service.

 

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