Members of the leadership teams from Salt Lake and Farr West had an opportunity to visit United Way of Northern Utah last week. During their visit they assisted in building 200 back-to-school kits for children in need throughout our communities. The kits included a backpack and school supplies like notebooks, pencils, markers, and more.

The donation was made possible through team member contributions elected during open enrollment. AFS matched a percentage of the amount raised to provide even more school kits. Thanks for your generosity!

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Macey’s Sandy Employee Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Macey’s, Lin’s, and Dan’s sweep competition at Utah Food Industry Association annual conference

Salt Lake City, UT (August 23, 2018) If you’re searching for the best bagger in Utah, look no farther than the Macey’s in Sandy. Julina Call, a bagger from Macey’s, was named Utah’s Best Bagger yesterday at the 2018 competition held at Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. The competition was part of Utah Food Industry Association conference. She will represent Utah at the National competition next February during the National Grocer’s Association annual conference in San Diego.

“It’s awesome to have another state champion from our Sandy store, and hopefully a third national champion” said John Harris, the district manager at Macey’s Sandy. “We’re always excited for the competition. We’re proud of Julina and all of our team members.”

Macey’s wasn’t the only Associated Retail Operations store to take top honors at the event. Rachell Beagley from Lin’s in Hurricane, Utah, took the second place spot. Third place went to Jaxon Astill from the Dan’s on Foothill in Salt Lake City.

During the competition baggers from multiple grocery stores across the state went head to head in sets of three. Each bagger was given the same items to bag using reusable bags. They were judged not only on speed, but the weight of each bag and how items were placed.

Julina has worked at Macey’s for three and a half years and enjoys helping guests as their last point of contact before they leave the store. She is currently a nursing student.

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones®, Macey’s grocery stores offer an in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. Macey’s currently operates 13 stores from Logan to Spanish Fork. For more information visit maceys.com.

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SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores Bring Minions to Murray to Fight Food Insecurity
Utah companies donate more than $3,500 in food to benefit KidsEat! and Utah Food Bank

Salt Lake City, UT (August 20, 2018) Minions made out of nearly 4,000 lbs. of food recently took residence at the Murray library thanks to SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores. The companies participated in Salt Lake County Health Department’s 3rd annual Foodstruction program, which encourages companies to build creative displays out of healthy food items as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity. Following the event, SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated the used items, totally more than $3,500 worth of food, to KidsEat! and Utah Food Bank, making it the largest donation of the event.

“SelectHealth is proud to have won the prize for donating the most amount of food to help our community. The staff that participates in this event have a lot of fun designing the project, and seeing it come to light. The fact that it does such great for the community, is a bonus, said Amber Greene, Community Relations representative for SelectHealth.

SelectHealth organized a 12-person team to participate in the event and coordinated with Associated Food Stores to get the 4,908 cans needed to complete the design. The project required two different builds—a test run and the final product. The food used in the test run build was donated to KidsEat!, an organization that provides weekend meal packs to at-risk kids to ensure they don’t go hungry while not at school. SelectHealth was able to pick which organization to donate the food to. The items used in the display built at Murray library were donated to Utah Food Bank.

“This is our 3rd year participating in this wonderful event. SelectHealth loves that this event really shines light on the food insecurities members of our communities face. We decided to build minions this year because we wanted something that was popular and would appeal to kids, said Greene.

Foodstruction is part of Salt Lake County Health Department’s mission to fight food insecurity with Utah Food Bank. Each year several companies visit libraries across the county to build creative displays meant to educate the community about food insecurity. Community members are then invited to vote for their favorites. SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores took third place.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

Media Contact for Associated Food Stores
Rachael Wabel
801-978-8913
rmwabel@afstores.com

About SelectHealth
SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health insurance organization serving more than 850,000 members in Utah and southern Idaho. As a subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare, SelectHealth is committed to helping people live the healthiest lives possible. In addition to medical plans, SelectHealth offers dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management, and life and disability coverage to its members. SelectHealth plans are available for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees. SelectHealth is also a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. For details, visit selecthealth.org.

Media Contact
Amber Greene
801-442-9956

Try these delicious rice bowls for a simple slow-cooker dinner.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 Hours

Ingredients
1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
8 oz.  frozen corn
1 tbsp. chili powder
½ tbsp. cumin
½ tbsp. minced garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
Cracked pepper to taste
2 cups dry rice
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
½ bunch cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Add everything except the rice, cheese, and cilantro to the slow cooker along with ¼ cup of water. Stir everything and make sure the chicken is covered in the mixture.
  2. Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Near the end of the cooking time, cook the two cups of rice.
  4. After 8 hours of cooking, carefully remove the lid of the slow cooker. Stir with a fork to shred the chicken (it should be super tender and will shred easily).
  5. Build the taco bowls by placing rice on the bottom, then the taco chicken mix, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro before serving.