Biz Roundup: Meals Lion makes donation to assist racial equality and justice – Salisbury Publish

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SALISBURY — Meals Lion just lately introduced that it’s going to donate $500,000 to assist racial equality and justice.

The grocery store has chosen a number of longstanding group companions to obtain further funding to assist their work.

“At Meals Lion, our worth of care is on the heart of every part we do, from how we run our enterprise to how we interact with associates and clients to how we nourish our communities,” Meals Lion President Meg Ham mentioned in a information launch. “As a result of we consider there isn’t any place for systemic racism in our world, we’re dedicated to doing our half to assist racial equality inside our group and inside our communities. We’re holding ourselves accountable for making lasting change, and along with our group companions, we’re hopeful that we are able to create a greater future for all.”

All funding will likely be earmarked for initiatives that assist equality and social justice, together with scholarships and internships for Black and African-American college students, training and social engagement in Black and African-American communities census participation and voter registration, improvement of numerous suppliers, training for kids on civil rights, initiatives to enhance police-community relations and digital city halls and group engagement collection.

A number of chapters of a number of the following organizations will likely be supported by Meals Lion’s funding:

  • 100 Black Males of America
  • Carolinas-Virginia Minority Provider Improvement Councils  
  • Worldwide Civil Rights Middle & Museum
  • NC Institute of Minority Financial Improvement
  • The Harvey B. Gantt Middle for African-American Arts + Tradition (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • City League of Central Carolinas

The funding helps partnerships that Meals Lion has maintained with a number of the organizations for a number of a long time.

“Our partnership with Meals Lion is constructed on a shared imaginative and prescient of a good world, freed from racial discrimination and injustice. With this beneficiant reward from Meals Lion, the Virginia State Convention NAACP will proceed to develop its efforts with regard to civic engagement, voter registration and legal justice reforms. Robert Barnette, president of the Virginia State Convention NAACP, mentioned in a information launch. “Additional, we will use these sources to reinforce the work of our Youth and School Division to make sure the readiness of the subsequent era of leaders.”

Since June, Meals Lion mentioned that it has hosted conversations throughout the corporate about racial disparities. These discussions had been facilitated by the corporate’s Enterprise Useful resource Teams. Meals Lion additionally asserts that it has set funding apart to reinforce new rent onboarding and orientation and promote ongoing studying and improvement in areas of racial fairness and social justice.

Meals Lion’s group funding is a part of the $5 million dedication introduced by mother or father firm Ahold Delhaize USA to work towards racial equality.

Meals Lion Feeds donating 9.5 million meals to meals banks

SALISBURY — Meals Lion Feeds is donating 9.5 million meals to Feeding America accomplice meals banks via the grocery retailer’s 10-state footprint. 

The initiative is part of the Faces of Hope marketing campaign, which is aimed to assist assist households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Already on the entrance traces of making certain all of our neighbors obtain the nourishment they want, our meals financial institution companions are actually confronted with new challenges from COVID-19 resembling elevated demand for meals, transportation, and volunteer shortages,” Meals Lion President Meg Ham mentioned in a information launch. “At Meals Lion, we’re proud to work with these unimaginable organizations on daily basis, and we’re dedicated to persevering with to assist ease the extra burden felt by our meals financial institution companions and guarantee they will feed households relying on them for his or her subsequent meal.

For Meals Lion, this donation continues a pattern of financing initiatives to struggle meals insecurity. Earlier this 12 months, Meals Lion donated greater than $3.6 million to group companions to offer COVID-19 reduction, together with $3.1 million to meals financial institution and medical analysis companions and $500,000 in a partnership to assist faculties feeding youngsters throughout the summer time.

“Nourishing our neighbors is core to every part we do at Meals Lion, and we acknowledge that that is an extremely tough time for a lot of,” Ham mentioned. “Our neighbors are relying on us greater than ever and we’ll do our half to carry meals and hope to households in want.”

Since Meals Lion Feeds was established in 2014, the grocery retailer chain has donated greater than 500 million meals to people and households in quite a lot of strategies. Meals Lion has dedicated to donate 1 billion extra meals by 2025.

Extra data on Meals Lion Feeds might be discovered at

New Pathways Palliative Care clinic

SALISBURY — Pathways Palliative Care of Rowan County held a ribbon chopping ceremony on Tuesday for its new clinic on Outdated Harmony Street in Salisbury.

Pathways Palliative Care’s objective is to assist sufferers who could also be scuffling with symptom administration and a plan of care, mentioned Pathways Medical Director Dr. Charles Frankhouser in a information launch.

“We’re honored to be a part of the Rowan County group, and need to make sure that the sufferers and households we serve have the highest quality of life doable,” Frankhouser mentioned. “We’re capable of see sufferers of their houses, or within the clinic setting – wherever the affected person is most snug.”

The clinic will likely be open to sufferers by appointment starting in Oct. Members of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and Rowan County Board of Commissioners helped host the ribbon chopping occasion.

“It’s thrilling to see progress proceed in Rowan County,” Rowan County Fee Chairman Greg Edds mentioned in a information launch. “As your corporation turns into a part of our group, it should carry actual worth to folks’s lives.”

To be taught extra about Pathways Palliative Care, or to schedule an appointment, name 704-924-4307.

Cannon Ballers’ Discipline of Honor on show Nov. 2-11

KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers will host its inaugural Discipline of Honor show at Atrium Well being Ballpark on Nov. 2-11.

Throughout the occasion, American flags honoring veterans and present service members will likely be posted in a show across the ballpark. The three-foot by 5-foot flags might be bought by people who can preserve the flags as soon as the occasion has concluded.

The Cannon Ballers will host a gap ceremony for the inserting of the primary flag on Nov. 2 at midday at Gate No. 1. The sector will then be open to the general public 24 hours a day for viewing and remark. Every night throughout the occasion, “Faucets” will likely be performed because the solar units. A closing ceremony that includes visitor audio system, musical tributes and a studying of the names of the veterans honored on the sector will likely be held on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. contained in the ballpark. All scheduled ceremonies are pending social distancing requirements and mandates from Gov. Roy Cooper.

Flags can be found for buy for $40 on the Cannon Baller staff retailer or on-line at

For extra data on the occasion, go to or name 704-932-3267.

Metropolis of Salisbury’s finance division honored

SALISBURY — The Metropolis of Salisbury’s finance division was awarded the Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Monetary Reporting for the 2019 fiscal 12 months.

The Certificates of Achievement was given by the Authorities Finance Officers Affiliation of the USA and Canada.

“The Metropolis of Salisbury is honored to have obtained recognition from the Authorities Finance Officers Affiliation for the standard of our annual monetary report,” Salisbury Metropolis Supervisor W. Lane Bailey mentioned in a information launch. “I’m happy with the dedication and nice job our finance staff has achieved with our funds. This award demonstrates the Metropolis’s steady efforts in sustaining and offering clear and beneficial data to our residents.”

The Metropolis of Salisbury obtained the award after being judged by an neutral panel to have met the requirements of this system, which incorporates demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to obviously talk its monetary story and encourage potential customers and consumer teams to learn its complete annual monetary report. 

Extra data on the award might be discovered at

Authorities entry channel rebranded as WSRG-TV

SALISBURY — ACCESS16, Salisbury’s native authorities tv station, has rebranded as WSRG-TV, or Salisbury-Rowan Gov TV.

The station, based in April 2005, broadcasts native government-related programming, together with Salisbury Metropolis Council conferences, Rowan County Commissioner conferences, native climate forecasts, interview-style exhibits and particular occasions like vacation parades and election candidate boards.

“I’m excited to be coming into this new chapter of native authorities tv,” WSRG-TV Station Supervisor Jason Parks mentioned in a information launch. “WSRG-TV will try to hold on the custom set by ACCESS16 by offering the residents of Salisbury & Rowan County with up-to-date, related native authorities content material.”

The rebrand has been in consideration for a while, however the choice was made as soon as the station relocated from channel 16 on Fibrant to channel 394 on Hotwire Communications, which allowed the station to rename with out together with a channel quantity in its branding.

For extra data on WSRG-TV programming, go to or electronic mail Parks at [email protected] or name 704-638-5320.

Concordia Lutheran Church printed a guide detailing the historical past of its stained glass home windows, together with this art work that at the moment hangs within the sanctuary. Ben Stansell/Salisbury Publish

Concordia Lutheran Church guide particulars historical past of stained glass home windows

CHINA GROVE — Concordia Lutheran Church has printed a guide detailing the historical past of the stained glass home windows in its sanctuary.

The guide was put collectively over the course of two years by the Concordia Historical past Crew, which consists of Judy Haire, Carolyn Michael and Kathy Irvin. To analysis the stained glass home windows, the staff visited the Rowan County Library Historical past Room and contacted former church members and their prolonged households.

Holly and Steve Ellsworth, Debby Isenhour and Carrie Brown performed roles in pictures, formatting and format for the guide.

The stained glass window guide is obtainable on the market for $25. For extra data, contact Judy Haire at [email protected]

Rowan Vocational Alternatives names assistant government director

SALISBURY — Rowan Vocational Alternatives has named Kim Walton because the group’s new assistant government director.

Kim Walton was named the brand new assistant government director for Rowan Vocational Alternatives. Photograph submitted.

Rowan Vocational Alternatives is a non-profit rehabilitation facility with the aim of offering work adjustment, vocational coaching and long run or transitory employment and life expertise for folks with mental or developmental disabilities, in accordance with the group’s web site.

“We’re extraordinarily happy that Kim has accepted this place. She brings an unlimited array of expertise, coaching and experience as a trainer and administrator,” Rowan Vocational Alternatives Government Director Gary Yelton mentioned in a information launch. “Kim joined RVO in 2016 and has persistently demonstrated her potential and expertise in working with customers, employees, mother and father, guardians and caregivers alike. Kim’s compassion, experience and data of the inhabitants we serve is a significant asset.” 

Walton is a graduate of North Rowan Excessive College and earned a bachelor of arts diploma in English/secondary training from Catawba School. She later earned her grasp’s in class administration from Appalachian State College. Walton is married to Alan Walton, a trainer and wrestling coach at North Rowan Center College. She is the mom of two youngsters, Brandon and Taylor and the daughter of the late Bobby and Susan Morgan.

Rowan Vocational Alternatives is in its 54th 12 months of offering employment and life expertise coaching.

Bankers group creates Variety and Inclusion Council

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Bankers Affiliation just lately introduced the creation of its Variety and Inclusion Council.

Main the brand new council is Janice Royster, director of endorsed vendor applications for Neighborhood Financial institution Providers, the wholly owned subsidiary of the NCBA. Charles Frederick, the NCBA chairman and market chief for TD Financial institution and Jim Sills, NCBA vice chairman and president & CEO for M&F Financial institution will be part of Roster in main the council.

The council members additionally embody:

  • Michael Atkinson – First Residents Financial institution
  • Almeda Benefield – Coastal Financial institution & Belief
  • Vivian Bolanos – First Financial institution
  • Kimberly Boyd – Peoples Financial institution
  • Sondra Collins – North State Financial institution
  • Betesha Ethridge – United Financial institution
  • Philip Fintchre – Fifth Third Financial institution
  • Sheldon Hilaire – TD Financial institution
  • Johnathan Kearney – PNC Financial institution
  • Les Lambert – Financial institution of America
  • Nick Means – Farmers & Retailers Financial institution
  • Clarence Nunn – JP Morgan Chase
  • Eric Powell – M&F Financial institution
  • Thomas Ransom – Truist Financial institution
  • Tameka Sampson – Choose Financial institution & Belief
  • Jose Sandoval – American Nationwide Financial institution & Belief Firm

Members of the NCBA Variety and Inclusion Council will serve a one-year time period and can meet often to offer enter on ways in which the group can present management on racial equality and to establish sources the group ought to show its members to assist with variety and inclusion efforts. 

“I’m excited and proud to be part of this historic endeavor of the Variety and Inclusion Council led by the NCBA and bankers from throughout our nice state,” Royster mentioned in a information launch. “The formation of a roundtable dialogue on variety, fairness and inclusion will promote unity and leverage our management experiences, shared sources and views inside the banking trade and group.”

This effort is a component of a bigger motion for variety, fairness and inclusion being championed by the American Bankers Affiliation.

“We welcome the creation of NCBA’s new Variety and Inclusion Council,”  ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols mentioned in a information launch. “ABA is dedicated to serving to banks of all sizes construct numerous, equitable and inclusive workplaces that greatest characterize the communities they serve, and this new council will help us advance these efforts in North Carolina. It’s important for banks of all sizes to establish and take away boundaries to equitable entry and improvement; respect and worth particular person variations, experiences, and views; and maintain worker engagement via inclusion, and the NCBA and all of our state affiliation alliance companions will play an essential position in these efforts.”

For extra data on the council, go to

Rowan County Telecommunications joins emergency providers community

SALISBURY — Rowan County Telecommunications moved to North Carolina’s state Emergency Providers IP community 9-1-1 system on Wednesday.

The ESInet is the subsequent era (NG911) of receiving and processing 9-1-1 requires service. The brand new system will assist to extra precisely route emergency calls to the correct name heart.

The brand new era will enable 9-1-1 calls to be mapped by coordinates or handle areas and GIS information will likely be used to validate handle information and route 9-1-1 calls to the proper location.

Rowan County is the 53rd 9-1-1 system in North Carolina emigrate to the ESInet system. 

“ We’re excited to have this new expertise in Rowan County to higher serve our residents and guarantee we get the sources wanted to mitigate their wants from our devoted first responders,” Interim 9-1-1 Chief Lonnie Owens mentioned in a information launch.

RCCC providing  Guardian Instructor Assistant Toolbox course

SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Neighborhood School is providing a brand new Guardian Instructor Assistant Toolbox course to assist mother and father who’re struggling to keep up a steadiness between work and life whereas serving to their youngsters with on-line studying.

The course, which is obtainable freed from cost, options useful suggestions and recommendation in addition to private steering from a mother or father trainer assistant coach and a possibility to community with different mother and father.

“Now we have heard from many pissed off mother and father who’re realizing that digital studying is probably not quick time period,” Keri Allman, the director of the RCCC’s R3 Crew that developed the course, mentioned in a information launch. “With a multi-entry enrollment, mother and father can be part of at any time. Extra time availability is unquestionably a necessity for fogeys and this toolkit, together with the coach help, will assist create a extra versatile schedule throughout this journey.”

Whereas the course is designed for fogeys of scholars who’re in kindergarten via eighth grade, the sources might be useful for any mother or father desirous to get organized, construct their very own expertise and create a useful house studying expertise.

“This course is totally self-paced,” Gina Pinyan, Guardian Instructor Assistant Toolbox coach and a former public college trainer, mentioned in a information launch. “We need to make it as handy as doable for fogeys, and we all know it is perhaps 10:30 at night time when the home is lastly quiet and so they have a while to commit to exploring these instruments.”

In the event you’re inquisitive about getting began with the Guardian Instructor Assistant Toolbox, name 704-216-7201 or electronic mail [email protected]. For extra data, electronic mail [email protected] or name 704-216-7201. For extra details about Rowan-Cabarrus Neighborhood School, go to or name 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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