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Yes To Carrots partners with organizations to develop community gardening program

BY Melissa Valliant

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. Yes To Carrots, a company that creates organic, paraben-free skin and hair care products, recently announced the launch of a non-profit organization called Yes To Carrots Seed Fund. The organization joins partner organizations to encourage individuals to start garden projects within their community and provides them with the necessary equipment, seeds and related supplies.

Created by Ido Leffler, chief executive officer of Yes To Carrots, the program allows low-income individuals in various locations to learn gardening, acquire social and business skills and transform poor areas into beautiful gardens. The Seed Fund teamed with Chicago-based Growing Home, Inc., a social enterprise business based on organic agriculture, to develop a program where community members plant and harvest gardens and sell the produce at local markets, thus providing them with vital experience necessary to reenter the job market.

Three gardens have been created in Columbus, Ohio, through a partnership with three different organizations. The Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio joined The Seed Fund in creating a garden that uses its produce for medicinal and ceremonial purposes in weekly alcohol and tobacco cessation programs. The Horn of Africa Community Center joined The Seed Fund to provide a large Somali refugee population in Columbus with a garden that allows them to farm as they once did in Somalia. The Fifth Avenue Community Housing Network joined The Seed Fund to give women with physical and mental disabilities an opportunity to gain responsibilities and social and business experience.

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Wakefern Food elects Capano to board of directors

BY Jenna Duncan

KEASBEY, N.J. Wakefern Food, which runs marketing and distribution for ShopRite supermarkets, had tapped Ken Capano to serve on its board of directors, the company announced Wednesday.

Capano is the president and owner of Five Star Supermarkets, Inc., which covers two Connecticut ShopRite.

“[Capano]’s dedication to Wakefern and to the community he serves has not only been recognized by us, but also by our industry,” Joe Colalillo, chairman and chief executive officer at Wakefern Food said in a statement. “Recently, [Capano] was recognized by the Connecticut Food Association when he received their 2008 Man of the Year award. I welcome Ken to the board with great pleasure and look forward to tapping into his insight and vision as we move the cooperative forward.”

Capano has been in business with Wakefern for more than 30 years. He joined the Wakefern team as store services supervisor in 1972 and later in 1996 purchased a ShopRite store in Norwich.

Capano was also awarded the 2006 Eastern Connecticut Citizen of the Year award in 2006 by the Chamber of Commerce, reports said.

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Kroger rolls out more fuel bonuses for holiday gift card shoppers

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI In recognition of the holiday season, Kroger will double fuel discounts on gift cards purchased at its stores starting Saturday and ending Dec. 31, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Gift cards for restaurants, stores and entertainment outlets purchased at Kroger stores will accumulate fuel discounts at double their purchased value, earning 10 cents off for every $50 in gift cards. Customers at Kroger pharmacies will also earn fuel discounts on eligible prescriptions, earning 10 cents off per gallon of gasoline for every two prescriptions filled at a Kroger pharmacy.

The company is offering the program at several of its banners nationwide, including Kroger, Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fry’s, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen?s, Pay Less, QFC and Scott?s.

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