Jewel-Osco honors African American vendors during Black History month

ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco, has announced that it will celebrate Black History Month this February with its 13th annual “A Taste of Black History” program, a month-long initiative to honor the contributions of Jewel-Osco’s African-American vendors and help them build on their success in the retail food business.

In addition to numerous in-store sampling events featuring African-American vendor products, Jewel-Osco will host a private reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. 

As part of the reception, NBC 5 Chicago entertainment reporter LeeAnn Trotter and WVON 1690 AM radio show host Matt McGill will emcee a special presentation, during which Jewel-Osco will award a total of $20,000 in grants to four community organizations:

  • Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church—Hunger Relief Award for its Spoonful of Hope Soup Kitchen

  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church—Hunger Relief Award for its Community Table Food Pantry

  • GreenNet Chicago—Environmental Stewardship Award

  • Girls in the Game—Nutrition Education Award

“Our African-American vendors are important members of the Jewel-Osco family, and they are vital to our success,” said Brian Huff, president of Jewel-Osco. “We want to thank them for helping us meet the diverse needs of our customers every day, and we hope consumers recognize that by purchasing African-American vendor products they are supporting these of our customers every day, and we hope consumers recognize that by purchasing African-American vendor products they are supporting these wonderful entrepreneurs.”