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by Kevin Coupe

Let's take a moment this morning to applaud the companies that - as they usually do in times of crisis - have come across with donations of money and food to help people living in the devastated regions of Louisiana, dealing with both the short-term and long-term impact of flooding there.

This won't be a complete list, but among them...

• Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $1.5 million in cash and in-kind donations "to provide additional food, water, cleaning supplies and other essential items to those in critical need. Funds will also be used towards longer term recovery efforts."

• Southeastern Grocers - parent company to Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo and Harveys - has created a mechanism for its customers to donate money to flood relief efforts in all of its stores, pledging to match every dollar through its Southeastern Grocers Foundation.

• Hormel donated more than 34,000 pounds of shelf-stable products to flood relief efforts.

And that doesn't even count the numerous retailers and suppliers that consistently give to charitable organizations like the American Red Cross, and up their donations in times of crisis.

For as long as I've been writing about this industry, I've consistently been impressed by the degree to which companies step up to the plate when they are needed. It always has been an Eye-Opener, and certainly worth acknowledging.
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