Health & Human Services

We believe that all people deserve access to essential human services and that the health of our community starts with the health of our neighbors. Therefore, we sponsor organizations that are engaged in medical research. We contribute to financing medical research programs that improve the lives of our neighbors, particularly those who traditionally have little or no access to care.

We focus, among other health-related causes, on Cancer Research and organizations that:

  • Increase the number of patients enrolled in cancer trials
  • Increase the number of patients who gained access to cancer preventative testing
  • Increase the number of patients given access to alternative medicine for cancer

We believe that a cure will be found and that our careful allocation of funds will be a catalyst in the process.

Local Stories

100th Anniversary Celebration - 100 Days of Giving

Since its founding in 1916 by Henry Dewitt Snell, The United Family has been dedicated to giving back to those who so faithfully support its grocery store banners including United Supermarkets, United Express, Market Street, Amigos and Albertsons Market. By partnering with local food banks and community organizations the company is committed to improving and benefiting the communities it serves throughout West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Eastern New Mexico. Listed below are several community relations efforts The United Family executed throughout 2016 in an effort to show appreciation to its guests.
The United Family celebrated a historic milestone in 2016 with the 100th Anniversary of United Supermarkets. The company commemorated a century of service with an entire year of initiatives to benefit the communities it serves throughout West Texas, DFW and Eastern New Mexico. In January 2016 The United Family launched its Shop to Support Schools program followed by Take a Bite Out of Hunger in April, the 100 Days of Giving campaign in May, food bank donations in June and hospital donations in November to close out the year. Each of these initiatives are outlined individually below.

The 100 Days of Giving campaign was aimed to express appreciation for the many communities that have supported The United Family throughout the past century. For 100 consecutive days the company donated $1,000 to a different local nonprofit throughout West Texas, DFW and Eastern New Mexico. By the end of the campaign, The United Family donated $100,000 to local organizations that have shown commitment to the communities they serve.

100th Anniversary Celebration - 100,000 Pound Summer Food Bank Donation

Since its founding in 1916 by Henry Dewitt Snell, The United Family has been dedicated to giving back to those who so faithfully support its grocery store banners including United Supermarkets, United Express, Market Street, Amigos and Albertsons Market. By partnering with local food banks and community organizations the company is committed to improving and benefiting the communities it serves throughout West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Eastern New Mexico. Listed below are several community relations efforts The United Family executed throughout 2016 in an effort to show appreciation to its guests.
The United Family celebrated a historic milestone in 2016 with the 100th Anniversary of United Supermarkets. The company commemorated a century of service with an entire year of initiatives to benefit the communities it serves throughout West Texas, DFW and Eastern New Mexico. In January 2016 The United Family launched its Shop to Support Schools program followed by Take a Bite Out of Hunger in April, the 100 Days of Giving campaign in May, food bank donations in June and hospital donations in November to close out the year. Each of these initiatives are outlined individually below.

Food Bank Donations
In June the company donated a total 116,146 pounds of food to eight local food banks in an effort to prepare for the winter months. Each food bank received seven pallets (14,518 pounds) of food filled with items that provide essential nutrients. This donation allowed The United Family to provide more than 96,000 meals to approximately 32,000 families throughout its service areas. The food banks that benefited from this donation include:
• South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock
• High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo
• North Texas Food Bank in Dallas-Fort Worth
• West Texas Food Bank in Midland-Odessa
• Wichita Falls Area Food Bank in Wichita Falls
• Food Bank of West Central Texas in Abilene
• Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Clovis
• Concho Valley Regional Food Bank in San Angelo

FitOne Healthy Living Expo and Race Day

The Albertsons Companies Foundation supports FitOne, a St. Luke’s Community Program, whose programs and events are a direct investment in the health and wellness of children and adults in Treasure Valley communities.

The annual Fit One Expo and Race occurs downtown Boise, ID in the month of September. At the FitOne Healthy Living Expo, the Albertsons booth showcases fresh fruit, healthy recipes and Pharmacy consultations to an audience of over 10,000 people. On race day, the Albertsons Finisher Pavilion is an area where the 10,000+ participants fuel up with healthy snacks after their race. During the last two years, nearly $200,000 was raised from the events to benefit St. Luke’s Children’s. The organization helps to add walking tracks in local schools and teach children healthy eating habits.

Other events throughout the year include a year-round weight loss challenge which encourages healthy weight and an active lifestyle with long term support and education to make healthy choices. Also, Fit for the Road Reunion, a special event including a short walk and picnic for current and former patients of St. Luke’s Heart, MSTI, Joint Replacement and Bariatric Clinics.

Treasure Valley Community Baby Shower

Albertsons has partnered with Today’s 6 and FOX 9 in the Idaho Treasure Valley area for ten years on the Community Baby Shower. Michelle Edmonds, local news anchor from Today’s 6 (ABC), promoted the campaign on TV and social media.Baby products donated by the community during the day-long event help support four local non-profits who help young mothers and families get a jump-start on parenting: Baby Steps, Catholic Charities of Idaho, Baby Haven and Marian Pritchett School. The four organizations receiving the Community Baby Shower donations are ones that help educate and create awareness within the community by providing a hand-up, not a handout. Each have a passion for helping young parents set goals that lead to a healthy family.

In 2014, donations included 50,000 diapers (35,000 donated by Albertsons) and 1,214 boxes of wipes. Goals were exceeded in 2015 when over 85,000 diapers (55,000 donated by Albertsons) and 3,488 boxes of wipes were collected. With the hashtag promotion, Intermountain donated $10 to four local nonprofits every time #IdahoBabies was used via social media. Due to 800+ hashtags, a total of $8,000 was donated to help support new mothers in need.

2nd Annual Safeway Seahawk Sweep Brings in Big Bucks for Charity

2nd Annual Safeway Seahawk Sweep Brings in Big Bucks for Charity

The second Safeway Seahawks Sweep was held on December 2nd at Store #1624 in Issaquah. Four Safeway customers who won through the ‘Shop & Score’ program were paired with Seahawk players and local first responders to compete in several events to win free groceries! Seahawks, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett played for charities of their choice and the first responders each received $10,000 for their chosen charities, Good Times Project, New Horizons, Medic One Foundation, Charlie’s Dinosaur and the WA State Special Olympics.

Michale Bennett’s team came in first, winning $35,000 for Hope Heart. Avril was second with $25,000 going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation. Kearse was third with $15,000 going to Rally Point 6 and Lockett came in fourth with 10,000 going to the Mary’s Place.

SWY ABS Helps Raise $358,275 for Local Cancer Research!

SWY ABS Helps Raise $358,275 for Local Cancer Research!

Safeway Albertsons is proud to have partnered with area based grocers for the inaugural Washington Aisle Alliance fundraising event that benefited cutting edge local cancer research.

The ‘Game Changer’ event on Saturday, January 21, raised $358,27! Employees from Safeway Albertsons along with local vendors hosted guests as they played games, sampled wine and spirits and dined on delicious local Seattle eats.

All the money raised will support immunotherapy, one of the most exciting advances in cancer research in decades. Immunotherapy is when researchers find new ways to wake up the body’s own immune system to recognize and attack the cancer cells.

Seattle Division President, Karl Schroeder, helped bring in one of the night’s biggest bids with more than $40,000 dollars! The winners will be playing with Karl and NFL Superstar, Russell Wilson at the Seahawk quarterback’s ‘The Drive’ fundraiser this summer.

Liquor Sales Manager, Terry Lucchesi, was on fire as he hosted and BEAT most guests in a ‘Pop-a-Shot’ challenge. He also represented the entire SWY ABS team in a tense game of ‘Egg Roulette.’

CARRS/Safeway Funds Mobile Mammography in Alaska

CARRS/Safeway Funds Mobile Mammography in Alaska

The Albertsons Companies Foundation donated over $50,000 to fund Providence Image Center’s first ever mobile mammography van in Alaska. The 34 foot long mobile mammography coach provides 2D and 3D digital screening mammography to the remotest areas of Alaska to reach women who otherwise do not have access to state of the art testing.

CARRS/Safeway District 22 Manager, Stephanie Kennedy and COS, Joe Rybak helped with the dedication.

Photo of Family Receiving Surprise

Albertsons and Vons is a proud sponsor of the FOX5 Surprise Squad in Las Vegas and helps a couple that steps in to adopt dying neighbor’s 3 children.

It all began when Audrey, a single mother of three, had to go to the hospital to get some tests done in November 2016. She asked her neighbor Tisha, a mother of five and a Las Vegas bingo cashier, if her three children could spend the night at her house.

Audrey’s test results came back and tragically she was diagnosed with stage two esophageal and stomach cancer. More than anything, it was important for Audrey to know her kids were taken care of. That’s when she asked Tisha to be the legal guardian of her children.

Without giving it a second thought, Tisha and her husband Kevin agreed and even though they’re parents to five kids already, they gladly opened their hearts and home to raise Audrey’s children. Two weeks later Audrey passed away. The FOX5 Surprise Squad in Las Vegas heard about this amazing mom and stepped into work their magic and gave Tisha and her family of 10 a heartwarming surprise they’ll never forget! Albertsons and Vons were happy to step in and give the family of 10 free groceries for a year!

Watch the video below, courtesy of the amazing FOX5 Surprise Squad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO7TmKgPMBQ

Video Credit: FOX5 Surprise Squad

Staff accepting check for $600,000 donation

Louisiana Flood Relief with the Red Cross

The Albertsons Companies Foundation matches a $300,000 donation from store customers, employees, vendors, and American Red Cross donors, to give a total donation of $600,000 to the American Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief.

You can view the fundraising PSA here:

Games of Acadiana benefiting Miles Perret Cancer Services

The Games of Acadiana benefiting Miles Perret Cancer Services was held in August in Lafayette’s Cajundome.

Albertsons was a proud sponsor of the Win it in a Minute…Face the Cookie challenge where kids put an Oreo cookie on their forehead and try to work it down their face and into their mouth…without using their hands!

The Games is free to kids and their families and features tons of fun, interactive games, a parade and stroll for survivors, a fundraising spaghetti dinner, and even free parking! Enjoy the photos below!

The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation Raises over $372,000 for Victims of San Bernardino Tragedy

On December 2nd, 2015 the San Bernardino community was hit hard by an unexpected tragic event, a mass shooting.  The mass shooting that took the lives of 14 people and injured 22 others not only affected us because it took place in the community in which we operate and facilitate community programs but the organization that was targeted has been a long standing partner of Arrowhead United Way throughout its 125 year legacy. On a yearly basis County of San Bernardino Employees from various departments work with Arrowhead United Way to better the community and provide resources to those in need. The news of this event strongly impacted people across the nation and in partnership with the Arrowhead United Way, the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Vons Foundation understood the need to support those affected.

The San Bernardino United (SBUnited) Relief Fund was established just hours after the incident as individuals and companies were wondering what they could do to help.  A formal partnership was established with the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors which allowed them to direct donation inquiries to the SBUnited Relief Fund as a means of ensuring that donations were collected in one place to make the greatest impact.

The Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Vons Foundation enacted a check stand fundraiser to aid these victims and their families.  In merely 10 days of fundraising, over $372,000 was collected in Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores across Southern California.

Funds raised will be used to assist those affected by the December 2nd tragedy which includes (1) families that have experienced loss, (2) those that were shot or injured to assist with medical bills, (3) those in the room.  Arrowhead United Way is not deducting any administration or other fees from donations collected. 100% of what is received will go directly to the San Bernardino United Relief Fund.

Mammoth Hospital’s Foundation Partners with the Vons Foundation to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mammoth Hospital Foundation and the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Vons Foundation have partnered the past 3 years to raise a total of close to $30,000 for Mammoth Hospital’s Breast Care Fund.  All donations help underprivileged women of Inyo and Mono Counties pay for mammograms as part of Mammoth Hospital’s Breast Care Fund.

Yuri Parisky, M.D., Medical Imaging Director at Mammoth Hospital is very grateful to the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Vons Foundation in generously supporting the Breast Care Fund for the last 3 years.  “The Vons Foundation has again and again demonstrated its commitment to this community by keeping it local, and supporting Mammoth Hospital in its vigilance against Breast Cancer,” said Parisky. “The Vons Foundation is proud to continue our support of Mammoth Hospital’s life-saving mammography program,” said Jenna Watkinson, Manager of Communications and Community Relations for Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions.  “We hope with this commitment, we are able to make an impact on the community need.”

Over $7 Million Raised for American Heart Association

Albertsons and Tom Thumb teamed up with the American Heart Association this past Saturday to raise over $7 Million! 152 of our employees joined 86,000 walkers in Fort Worth, Dallas and Denton. We provided healthy snacks for the walkers and the pharmacy team provided blood pressure checks.

Jewel - Village

Jewel-Osco Associates Help The Village of Bensenville’s Toy and Coat Drive

The Village of Bensenville held its annual toy and coat drive at W.A. Johnson School. Jewel-Osco donated cookies and healthy snacks plus water and milk to the children and adults who attended. Organizers estimated the distribution of 250 toys and 400 coats to residents.

Human Pink Ribbon

Hundreds of Albertsons and Tom Thumb employees came out to form a giant Human Pink Ribbon to help bring awareness to Breast Cancer at the Dallas Komen Race for the Cure! A big Thank you to our team members who came out bright and early to help support this cause that matters to all of us. “Tom Thumb” was there to cheer on the runners and take pictures with fans and survivors at the Survivors Tent. Tom Thumb was the Presenting Sponsor and Albertsons was the Volunteer Sponsor! A huge presence by our company to show support to our customers, employees, and friends whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska

The Albertsons Companies Foundation donated over $50,000 to fund Alaska’s first ever mobile mammography van.  This state of the art vehicle travels to the remotest areas of Alaska to reach women who otherwise do not have access to mammogram services.

Children’s Therapy Center - $25,000

Children’s Therapy is a special and unique organization where not only the children with disabilities are empowered and supported, but their parents receive the same care.  Many of the therapists are raising their own child with developmental delays, or disabilities, so they’re particularity in tune of the needs and the rewards of these amazing children.  The Albertsons Companies Foundation was proud to give a $25,000 to support their services for thousands of children throughout western Washington.

BOO BASH 2015

On Halloween 2015, more than three thousand people packed the parking lot at Safeway’s Rainier Beach location for a BOO Bash!   The event was created based on concern from the community that it was no longer a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat.  With the help of a $5,000 donation from the Albertsons Companies Foundation, store volunteers, dozens of local businesses, law enforcement agencies, and Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray, came together to make certain children in the area had a fun and safe place to celebrate Halloween.

Portland - Make it better

Make It Better 50/50 Raffle with Trail Blazers

In the 2015/2016 Trail Blazer season, the Safeway Foundation sponsored a 50/50 Raffle for the 3rd year in a row. It was a record breaking season, with over $249,000 raised for local children’s charities.

Those charities who benefited include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Playworks, SMART, and Urban League of Portland.

Ticket purchase was up this season and many a fan had fun watching the board after 3rd quarter to see if their ticket was the lucky one who won 50% of the pot! The remaining 50% of each game’s total went towards the end of season charitable donation.

Portland Providence Cancer Research Campaign

Providence Cancer Research Campaign

During the month of May, Oregon and Southwest Washington Safeway and Albertsons stores raised more than $323,000 for Providence and their Cancer Research efforts.

Because of our generous customers, Providence broke all records for the month of May and raised over $1 million towards cancer research between our in-store fundraising and their annual fundraiser, “Creating Hope”.

Providence continues to make great strides in their work on immunotherapy cancer treatments, and we are so proud to be a part of that important progress right here in Portland.

Hawaii Pacific Cancer Foundation

Pacific Cancer Foundation

The Safeway Foundation awarded $20,000 to the Pacific Cancer Foundation for its Paddle for Life program through an in-store fundraising Breast Cancer campaign.  Every year a dozen of outrigger canoes made up of cancer patients and survivors take a two-day open ocean paddle from Lahaina, Maui to Manele Bay, Lanai to help support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Intermountain Komen

Susan G. Komen Boise Race for the Cure and Albertsons Companies Foundation Join Forces to Raise Money to Fight Breast Cancer

For 17 years, Albertsons has hosted the Susan G. Komen Boise Race for the Cure at our office campus in downtown Boise. More than 8,000 participants come out in support of their friends or family or to show they are a survivor. All money raised during the event supports area medical centers with cancer care programs. With the hashtag social media promotion, the Albertsons Companies Foundation donated $5 per post for a total of $5,000 to help Susan G. Komen in their fight against breast cancer.

Huston Games

The Games of Acadiana benefiting Miles Perret Cancer Services was held in August in Lafayette’s Cajundome.

The Albertsons Companies Foundation was a proud sponsor of the Win it in a Minute…Face the Cookie challenge where kids put an Oreo cookie on their forehead and try to work it down their face and into their mouth…without using their hands!

The Games is free to kids and their families and features tons of fun, interactive games, a parade and stroll for survivors, a fundraising spaghetti dinner, and even free parking!

The Miles Perret Cancer Center is a haven for individuals and their families fighting, surviving and living with cancer.  We are here to provide emotional support, guidance, resources, programs and most of all, hope.  Their services are comprehensive and always provided at no charge.  No appointment is necessary and there are no qualifications.

Eastern CCF

Safeway supports pediatric cancer research in partnership with The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.

For over 30 years, The Safeway Foundation’s Eastern Division has generously supported The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF) (www.childrenscancerfoundation.org), which raises funds to support research, programs and facilities focused on treating and curing pediatric cancer.  Matthew Boyd serves on the CCF Board of Directors. Additionally, retired Produce Procurement Manager Steve Coomes continues to serve on the CCF Board. Safeway proudly supports the mission of CCF.

Since 1983 The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. has awarded grants of over $36.6 million to area hospitals and researchers to treat and cure childhood cancers. Safeway Eastern Division has directly helped CCF make a difference in the area of pediatric research through supporting CCF and their efforts in the local community. Safeway Eastern Division enthusiastically raised over $300,000 in 2016 to support of CCF during our May point of sale initiative.  We proudly partner with CCF with the goal of finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

We proudly partner with CCF with the goal of finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

ACME Markets Foundation Supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

From June 3-16, we will be selling paper lemons at the register for a donation to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  To date, ACME and their customers have donated over $132,000 in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and all families affected by childhood cancers.

94-Year-Old Keeps on Truckin’

Elleen Cornelius got her birthday wish to ride in an 18-wheeler for the first time in over 40 years thanks to the Denver Distribution Center and Wish of a Lifetime.  The 94-year-old had her commercial driver’s license back in 1972, but wanted one more chance to go for a ride and see how much trucking technology has changed. Safeway seasoned driver Debby Agostino gave her a spin while friends and fellow senior citizens cheered.  Elleen says her gift from us was made even more special because her father was a butcher for Safeway in the 1920s. The Safeway Foundation also donated $2,500 to Wish of a Lifetime to grant another senior’s wish.

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