October 18, 2013
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Bi-Lo Holdings Supply Chain Manager Gary Regina, right, receives a Champions of Compassion award from Orlando, Fla.-based Community Food and Outreach Center Oct. 3. Brooks Martin of the CNS Orlando Distribution Center, is second from right. Award recipient LaToya Smith of Frito-Lay is third from right Vann Washington of Frito-Lay is second from left and, Brent Boisselle of Pepsi Beverages Co. is at left. ​

The Community Food and Outreach Center-Orlando (Fla.) gave Winn-Dixie the Champions of Compassion Award Oct. 3 to commemorate the food donations that have been made throughout the year.

Community Food and Outreach Center strives to help those in need transform their lives by providing food, crisis care, opportunities for education, employment to families, and other necessities to individuals and children who are fighting to break the cycle of poverty.

“They are really doing outstanding work for the Orlando Community, helping folks get back on their feet and becoming functional members of society,” Bi-Lo Holdings Supply Chain Manager Gary Regina said.

Community Food and Outreach center takes care of thousands of families in Central Florida and Corporate Relations Director Lissy Houseman says that many of those families owe Winn-Dixie a debt of gratitude for their involvement and support of the community.

Houseman said one such man, who lost his job due to illness and his family of five had been living on the streets, has received subsidized housing and he starts in a new job Oct. 21.

“I finally have gotten my first good night of sleep in months,” The man, Mr. Gomez, said. “Worry has kept me awake and the fear of not being able to take care of my family has weighed on my heart. I am beyond grateful of the opportunity I have been given to turn my family’s life around.”

Houseman said her organization operates thanks to the support that makes stories such as Mr. Gomez’s possible.

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