ORLANDO—At its annual reception at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure, Produce For Kids took time to recognize seven partners who have gone above and beyond in their support for the program.

This year’s award recipients were:


Campaign Champion, Gary Townsley, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Springfield division

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Loudest Cheerleader, Mike Roberts of Harps Food Stores

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Social Media Rockstar, Well-Pict Berries

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Jim Grabowski, director of marketing, accepted the award. 


Lunchbox Inspiration, Pero Family Farms

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Nick Bergstrom, executive director of marketing for Pero Vegetable Co. LLC accepted the award.  


Longest Standing Retailer, Publix Super Markets

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Curt Epperson, produce category manager, accepted the award for Publix Super Markets. 


Most Charitable, Fresh Express

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Kurt Akers of Fresh Express accepted the award. 


Most Charitable, Dole Food Co.

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Greg Taylor, U.S. vice president of sales for Dole Fresh Vegetables, accepted the award. 

In 2016, Produce For Kids raised $313,000, bringing its total over the past 15 years to $6 million, said Trish James, vice president of the organization

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