April 25, 2014
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From left, Palm Bay Knights of Columbus representative Robert Karl and Winn-Dixie store No. 2333 Director Dan Sinor.​

In 1977, when Dan Sinor walked into his local Winn-Dixie in Melbourne, FL to pick up a gallon of milk, he never expected to walk out the door with a job, let alone one that would turn into a career for 38 years.

Since then, Sinor has worked in many departments and positions, including stock, market and produce, which has lead him to his current position as store director at 2333 in Palm Bay, Fla. Sinor has not only dedicated his career to Winn-Dixie, but has also dedicated his personal time to one of the company’s key initiatives -- fighting hunger in the community.

“I’m all about feeding people; no one should go hungry,” he said.

Sinor is an individual who has dedicated his life and profession to feeding people and has taken an active approach by partnering with local organizations like St. Joseph St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Children’s Hunger Project of Brevard County and the Palm Bay Knights of Columbus organization. He has also successfully involved his Winn-Dixie associates and the local community in many hunger initiatives and was able to award the St. Joseph St. Vincent De Paul Society with $1,000 in Winn-Dixie gift cards for the organization to provide a healthy and nutritious Easter dinner to those in need.

“This organization never ceases to amaze me,” said Sinor. “A lot of food pantries are very unorganized, but not this one. They strive to provide as much food to as many people as they possibly can and I commend them for that. It’s a tough job.”

Sinor also partners with the local Knights of Columbus chapter for their “Coats for Kids” program, as well as Persons with Intellectual Disabilities fundraisers. The latter organization recently recognized him for his consistent contributions at their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

“I was completely caught off guard,” he said. “They called my raffle ticket number and I pretended to not have it because I never want to win the prizes -- I just want to support the organization. But then I realized that it was a plan my wife and District Director Jennifer Short had to get me up on stage. I was shocked to say the least!”

But it’s not only the local community that recognizes Sinor’s contributions. At this year’s President’s Club Award ceremony in Orlando, Fla., Bi-Lo Holdings President and CEO Randall Onstead presented him with the Davis Brothers Award by for his outstanding community service efforts. The Davis Brothers Award recognizes an associate who has provided outstanding service to his or her community, through charitable work and volunteering.

“I’m truly grateful that I work for a company that I am able to make an impact and difference in my community,” he said. “We often lose sight of what it is like to be hungry, but when you’re working in the store and you get that gut-wrenching hunger feeling when you miss lunch, I just imagine what it is like to have that feeling all of the time.”

In his free time, Sinor said he’s glad to switch his role to playing a proud “pa-pa” to his grandchildren.

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