Contact: John Taylor, Development Director, St. Louis ARC
December 20, 2001
St. Louis -- Schnuck Markets, Inc. was recently honored with the American Association of Mental Retardation's (AAMR's) distinguished Corporate Award for successfully employing individuals with developmental disabilities.
Kathy Meath, executive director of the St. Louis Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), presented the award to Connie Schnuck, at the agency's annual Board and Donor event earlier this month. Connie Schnuck, president-elect of the ARC, has been actively involved in the organization for more than 20 years. She accepted the award on behalf of her husband, Craig Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc., who was unable to attend.
Craig Schnuck shares his wife's commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with special challenges. "We, at Schnucks, are proud to receive this award," said Schnuck. "I believe the strength of our organization lies in our ability to maximize the skills of all people including those with developmental and physical disabilities. This has been a part of our company's philosophy since 1939. It's a true win/win situation."
The ARC nominated Schnucks for the award which was formally announced in San Antonio, at the AAMR's Region V conference last month. The conference involved representatives from six states including Missouri.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 90 stores and 82 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana including a Sentry Drug Store in Illinois. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.
The St. Louis ARC is a United Way agency that annually provides developmental, residential, leisure and family support services to more than 3,000 St. Louisans with developmental disabilities.