The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented Missouri Governor Mike Parson with the Spirit of America Award. The award recognizes a lifetime commitment to the independent supermarket industry and was presented on October 17 to Governor Parson at the Missouri Grocers Convention.
“Independent grocers are vital to Missouri’s economy and Mike has been a strong advocate for our industry for years as a farmer, business owner, and governor,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “NGA is honored to recognize Governor Parson for his efforts on behalf of our industry. Governor Parson has been dedicated to promoting products made in Missouri which has benefited grocery store owners throughout the state.”
Governor Parson took office on June 1, 2018 and since then has achieved bipartisan solutions in workforce development to strengthen Missouri’s economy. During his time as Lt. Governor, Governor Parson started the Buy Mo! Program, which promotes products made in Missouri, including those sold in grocery stores throughout the state. This program has increased awareness around shopping local which benefits independent grocers.
The NGA Spirit of America Award was established in 1982 and honors key industry and community leaders in the areas of community service and government relations on behalf of the independent supermarket industry. NGA has proudly presented this award to distinguished individuals who serve the grocery industry and the public interest, including Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.