Hunger

As one of the largest grocery retailers in North America, we find that supporting hunger relief programs is a natural fit for us. We’re proud to be one of the largest contributors to food banks and hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods we serve.

In addition, we are proud supporters of Hunger Is, a proprietary program working to eradicate childhood hunger in America. With 1 in 5 children in America, in our neighborhoods, not knowing where their next meal will come from, it is a big problem and we are well positioned to create a ground swelling of support to ensure that no child will go hungry.

In partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Hunger Is raises awareness, engages volunteers and raises funds to support innovative and effective programs throughout the country focused on ensuring every child in America has access to a healthy breakfast.

We believe:

  • Children in American are suffering. Our children. Hunger is robbing them of their childhood.
  • For a child in America, possibilities should be limitless. We teach our children to aim high…to reach for the stars. The hopes for our future rest on our children’s shoulders; our continued prosperity becomes their responsibility.

Yet within the borders of our country, the limits of our cities, the blocks of our neighborhoods, the walls of our schools, a lack of nourishment is eroding our children’s potential.

That is not someone else’s problem. It is ours to solve. We can all do something to undo childhood hunger.

We will not let their opportunities to succeed be diminished by hunger. Empty stomachs will not determine who they will be and what they can accomplish.

Each and every one of us will take responsibility for the children who are hungry in our neighborhoods. They are our children. Yours and mine. They belong to us and we refuse to ignore a problem that has existed for so long in a country with so much bounty and excess.

Every boy and girl should be able to dream big and make those dreams a reality.

We will take ownership of hunger here. By investing our time, energy and resources, we can be part of the solution to end childhood hunger. We can fill bellies. Turn fear into hope. Opportunities to succeed will no longer be diminished by a problem that is within our power to solve.

We will do whatever it takes to assure that no child in America will ever have to say, “Hunger Is Me”.

Local Stories

100th Anniversary Celebration - Take a Bite Out of Hunger

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.
Last year marked the company’s fifth year to participate in the Take a Bite out of Hunger program. This program was created and sponsored by FirstFruits Marketing of Washington to help feed the underserved while also bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity throughout the United States. In 2016, The United Family increased their annual donation by 100,000 pounds, totaling 140,224 pounds of apples donated to eight local food banks (listed below) throughout the company’s service areas.
• 21,093 pounds to the South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock
• 21,093 pounds to the High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo
• 21,606 pounds to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas-Fort Worth
• 19,789 pounds to the West Texas Food Bank in Midland-Odessa
• 19,039 pounds to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank in Wichita Falls
• 13,746 pounds to the Food Bank of West Central Texas in Abilene
• 11,929 pounds to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Clovis
• 11,929 pounds to the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank in San

Families pose with Denver Broncos linebacker Shaq Barrett #48

LOVE 48

This past holiday season, Safeway teamed up with Denver Broncos Linebacker #48, Shaq Barrett, to create the #Love48 campaign.  The program encouraged customers to “share the love” during the holiday season by posting stories of kindness and compassion on Safeway’s Facebook site.  In exchange, customers were given a $5 gift card.  Life size photos of Shaq Barret were distributed to all stores and Safeway employees along with Shaq Barrett, gave 48 families living at the Comitis Crisis Center holiday meals and gifts.  Safeway’s Denver Division has a longtime partnership with Comitis, which provides temporary housing, food and counseling to homeless families.  The 48 families were transported from Comitis to a Denver Safeway store on December 20 and given coolers of food, presents, Toys R Us gift cards and ornaments.  Todd Broderick, Safeway’s president, and Shaq Barrett met with each family, creating an unforgettable afternoon.  Media was invited to the event and news stories aired on local FOX, NBC, ABC and CBS stations.

The holiday Home Team Harvest Food Drive was a HUGE success! Overall the food drive brought in nearly 180,000 Safeway Albertsons hunger bags and thousands of dollars in monetary donations, including $100,000 from the Albertsons Companies Foundation.

Home Team Harvest Fills Local Food Bank Shelves

The holiday Home Team Harvest Food Drive was a HUGE success! Overall the food drive brought in nearly 180,000 Safeway Albertsons hunger bags and thousands of dollars in monetary donations, including $100,000 from the Albertsons Companies Foundation.

Seattle Division President, Karl Schroeder presented NW Harvest with the check during media day on December 5th. More than a dozen employees and their families volunteered their time as Safeway customers stopped by to donate $10 hunger bags. It was a celebration with the Seahawks Drumline, Blue Thunder, Sea Gals and Blitz helping bring in the bags. People also had a blast with the first ever ‘ham bowl!’ Each pin knocked down brought in a 100 Hormel Hams for charity. All the donated food and money will stock the shelves of local food banks for the next several months.

Seattle Family's Christmas Surprise

Seattle Family's Christmas Surprise

This Christmas Eve, the Seahawks, Albertsons Safeway and Fox Sports surprised one lucky family currently living at Mary’s Place in Seattle with a once in a lifetime experience.  The McAteer family was whisked away to their first ever Seahawks game where they were surprised with the news that the NFL is going to cover their rent for ONE full year!  Next, they learned that Albertsons Safeway would also be picking up the tab for their groceries for the year as well!  It was definitely a Christmas to remember!

Pictured:  The McAteer family

ACME participates in WMMR's annual Camp Out for Hunger

ACME Donates 393,993 Pounds to Area Food Banks During WMMR's Camp Out for Hunger

ACME once again participated in the WMMR Camp Out for Hunger, the largest single location food drive in the country, from Oct. 28 through Dec. 2. Through the generosity of customers and associates, ACME announced live on WMMR’s Preston and Steve Morning Show on Nov. 28 that 364,000 pounds of food was donated to the Feeding America Food Banks in their marketing area, which included Philabundance, Food Bank of Delaware, and the Food Bank of South Jersey among others.

The 364,000 pounds was raised during the pre-Camp Out in-store food drives from Oct. 28 to Nov. 24. In addition, ACME staffed a full service tent at the collection site during Camp Out week, where attendees were able to purchase healthy food items, resulting in an additional 29,993 pounds of food which was donated directly to Philabundance.

A Christmas Affair of the Junior League of Austin

The Randalls Foundation and The Albertsons Companies Foundations have been a longtime sponsor of A Christmas Affair, providing three Santa Breakfasts held Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the event extravaganza.

A Christmas Affair is the largest fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The $700,000 raised through the four-day shopping experience allows us to further our mission and helps our 2,500 members:

  • Feed 1,400 children suffering from food insecurity each week during the school year through our signature program, FIT – Food in Tummies
  • Provide approximately 35,000 coats annually to children who don’t otherwise have a warm winter coat through Coats for Kids
  • Support 33 community nonprofits with volunteers and funding

A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200 vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children’s events, a private shopping brunch, and the season’s biggest celebrity, Santa!

Feeding hungry children and their parents during the breakfasts, along with providing gingerbread houses for the children to decorate is no small task!  We salute Gwen Hatch, Randalls Store Director #2471 for her leadership in producing our contributions to the Santa Breakfasts.

Acme - Walk to end Hunger

ACME Markets Foundation teams up with the Philadelphia Eagles to Support Ending Hunger

Did you know that about 1 in 4 people in Philadelphia are in need of food and struggle with hunger?  Hunger affects a lot of people all over the country but also right in our neighborhoods.  The Thomas’ Walk Against Hunger in April jump started ACME’s Kicking Hunger campaign in which we partner with the Philadelphia Eagles to raise food donations for those in need.

Southwest - Childhood Hunger

The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Safeway Foundation Fight Childhood Hunger in Arizona

Albertsons and Safeway in partnership with KTVK 3TV and seven statewide non-profit food banks that serve children collaborated again this year for a massive, month-long food drive to eliminate childhood hunger.

Hunger Statistics in Arizona

  • Currently nearly 1 in 3 children, 1 in 5 Arizonans, and 1 in 7 seniors in Arizona live in poverty.*
  • Arizona’s hunger rates are higher than national averages: 17.8% of Arizonans are food insecure, compared to 15.9% nationally, and 28.2% of Arizonan children face hunger, compared to 21.6% nationally.
  • Arizona ranks third in the country for high child food insecurity rates, behind only New Mexico and Mississippi, with 456,760 children facing hunger on a daily basis.
  • 2 million Arizonans are considered working poor, living at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This is the majority of those served by the Food Bank’s emergency food box program.
  • More than 40% of the households receiving emergency food assistance have at least one person who is working.

*Based on Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study of 2012

“Albertsons and Safeway are proud to partner with 3TV and Arizona food banks that support children’s hunger programs,” said Shane Dorcheus, president of Albertsons, Safeway and Vons, Southwest Division.  “At Albertsons and Safeway we’re committed to eliminate hunger, and we feel strongly about providing nutritional food for Arizona’s most vulnerable children. We thank our customers for helping us tackle childhood hunger and making this campaign a huge success.”

Since the campaign’s launch 3 years ago, Albertsons, and Safeway, has collected more than $125,000 and one ton of non-perishable food items for some of Arizona’s largest food banks and pantries. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough funds to provide 1 million meals for Arizona’s hungry children and each year that goal has been reached thanks to generous shoppers.

“The facts are startling, and many Arizona children are unable to focus on their future because they have little to no access to food.  It’s simply unacceptable,” said Ed Munson, Vice President and General Manager of 3TV. “We care and want to be a force for change, and in September we invite all of Arizona to join us. This problem is larger than any of us, but when we combine forces, a new future can be paved for the youngest members of our Arizona family.”

Each year the statewide food drive helps nonprofits that directly work with children’s hunger throughout the state. One of the recipients is Arizona Brainfood, a non-profit organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on the weekends.  “We work hard throughout the school year to make sure that each child will return to school every Monday ready to go and that they’re mentally aware and physically able to concentrate,” said Ruth Collins, Founder of Arizona Brainfood.  “60% of our elementary aged children qualify for the Federal Program of free or reduced lunches at school.  For some of these children, their only food comes from the school lunch programs.  Unfortunately, many have little or no food to eat on the weekends.”

Other benefitting non-profits include, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Kitchen on the Street, Desert Mission Food Bank, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Yuma Community Food Bank and United Food Bank.

Jewel - Thanksgiving

Jewel-Osco Associates Volunteer to Make Thanksgiving Special for All

Dozens of Jewel-Osco associates from Itasca and the DC volunteered their time at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for the annual Holiday Meal Program.

Folks assembled all of the sides for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with a turkey to follow.

Volunteers from the Distribution Center packed enough boxes to distribute 10,352 meals, while the associates from the Itasca office filled enough boxes for 20,672 holiday meals.

South California - J & C

The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation team up with San Diego Food Bank ‘Food 4 Kids Backpack Program’ Provides Nourishment and Hope to Children Living in Poverty

Weekends are supposed to be a time to relax and re-energize. Sadly, for thousands of kids in San Diego County, weekends bring dread. For many, their last meal of the week is Friday’s school lunch. Finances are so tight at home, there’s little or no food in their refrigerator. In fact, 1 in 5 children in the county are food insecure – they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.  It is heartbreaking.  When their stomachs are empty, it’s hard to relax and play, much less focus on homework or even sleep. For those kids, weekends and breaks are anything but joyful.

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is making a difference in the lives of many of those young people, with the help of The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation. This year, the Food Bank has partnered with 35 schools throughout the county to provide kid-friendly, nutritious food to more than 1,600 children every single Friday through the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. The Food Bank provides bags of food that school staff discreetly insert into their students’ backpacks before each weekend, ensuring the kids have enough food to get them through. With that backpack of food, the kids are able to relax, play, focus, sleep and return to school on Monday ready to learn. It’s important, because to be schooled, they must be fueled.

The goal of the Food Bank is to ultimately break the cycle of poverty; helping children succeed in school is the first step.

A social worker with one of the partner schools shared a story that illustrates the importance this program has on participating students. She wrote:

One of our children in the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program was having a “bad” day.  Although it was about 9:30 in the morning, he decided he wanted to go home and quickly went to find his F4K backpack (ignoring his school backpack which was with his food backpack) and put it on. For about an hour, school staff tried to re-engage him in the lesson – throughout this whole time he never put down his food backpack.  It wasn’t until we headed to the office to leave that he returned for his school backpack.  With all that is going on with this child, he made sure, if nothing else, that he had his food backpack!

The program is incredibly important to the schools. One teacher who coordinates the backpack program for an elementary school in the South Bay area told Food Bank staff about a new third grader who’d recently enrolled in their school, and it was clear the youngster needed additional nourishment.

They had one additional bag available, but then the teacher learned the 8-year old had a younger sibling in Kindergarten who would certainly need extra food too. The teacher contacted the San Diego Food Bank to request additional assistance, knowing resources were tight. When the teacher learned she could add the additional child to the weekly distributions, she broke down and wept on the phone. She sees her students coming to school hungry, and knows they can’t learn when their stomachs are aching with emptiness. Knowing she can turn to the Food Bank for help is a powerful thing.

2015 Spirit of Giving

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Spirit of Giving program raised $391,571.   Thanks to the support of our employees and customers, the campaign ran 5.4% ahead of last year and will provide 250,497 meals for those in need. That’s 50,000 more meals than the previous year! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Spirit of Giving food drive! We would like to give a special shout out to our top 10 fundraising stores: Melrose, MA, Milford NH, Stow MA, Waterbury, VT, Concord Heights, NH, Hooksett, NH, East Falmouth, MA, North Merrimack, NH, Nashua Market Place, NH and McGrath Highway, MA.

Kids Kitchen

Carrs Safeway in Alaska was proud to award a ‘Hunger Is’ grant to Kids Kitchen in Anchorage, Alaska.  For 20 years, its Executive Director, Elgin Jones, has been providing free nutritional meals five days a week for children in need.  Now with the help of this grant, the 76-year old has launched a weekend breakfast program for kids who would otherwise have to go without a meal.

Northwest Harvest Receives $100,000

On December 5th, 2015 the Albertsons Companies Foundation presented Northwest Harvest with a $100,000 check.   Northwest Harvest is a statewide hunger relief agency, which includes hundreds of local food banks in almost every Washington state community.  The donation, along with thousands of “Hunger Bags” donated by Safeway and Albertsons customers, helped stock the shelves of these food banks for months beyond the holiday season.

Portland Blues Festival

29th Annual Safeway Blues Festival

For the 29th year, Safeway and it’s vendor partners worked together to support the Oregon Food Bank through our love of the blues. The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival had a record year in 2016, earning $1,002,047. This equates to over a million meals served to those who are in need right here in Oregon!

Check-Out Hunger Campaign

Change copy to read:  In 2015, Safeway stores in Hawaii collected more than $120,000 for the Check-Out Hunger campaign and the campaign raised a total of $280,000. The donations benefit local food banks to help children, seniors and families in need on each island – Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai, the Maui Food Bank and the Food Basket on the Big Island.

North California Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Community

Sacred Heart Community Service provides essential services to individuals and families in need throughout the South Bay.  Our Foundation awarded SHCS with a $10,000 grant for their Food Pantry program.  The Pantry provides a three-day supply of groceries to low-income and homeless individuals every day. These services are designed to help families maintain stability and end or avoid homelessness while they work toward self-sufficiency.  In addition, our employees volunteer every year to help out during the holidays.

Intermountain Boise Rescue

Boise Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Banquet

The Albertsons Companies Foundation is pleased to support the Boise Rescue Mission in their efforts to help provide local homeless men, women and children with not only a safe and warm place to stay with a hot meal, but a chance to restore their faith and hope to overcome barriers. Volunteers from the Albertsons team helped to serve local homeless and hungry individuals and families during the Thanksgiving  Banquet.  The Albertsons Companies Foundation continued to show their support with a donation to the Boise Rescue Mission in the amount of $10,000.

Denver Hunger Raise

Albertsons Safeway Donates $100,000 to Combat Childhood Hunger

Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia and employees at our West Pueblo Safeway helped present a $100,000 grant Cooking Matters Colorado. The funds were raised in our stores during the 2015 Hunger Is campaign. The grant will help expand the Cooking Matters preschool program to students, staff, and parents in 49 Head Start centers in Metro Denver, Conejos, Costilla, Alamosa, Las Animas, Huerfano, Mesa, Montrose, Garfield, Delta, Weld, and Pueblo Counties, where 18-25% of children live in poverty.

Holding the check in picture: Carolyn Rees, District Manager, Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, Kelleen Zubick, Cooking Matters and Brenda Velarde, store director… the others are store employees.

Ready… Set… Shop!

The annual Grocery Cart Race at Safeway in Aurora, Colorado helps support the Comitis Crisis Center, which provides over 65,000 meals for homeless families and individuals.  Teams get decked out in costumes and compete by racing around Safeway, filling their carts and shopping to the nearest dollar within their budget.  All food collected fills the shelter’s pantry shelves, with additional money raised to help buy milk and other perishable items throughout the year.  The Safeway Foundation matched the money raised in 2015 with a $10,000 grant to Comitis.

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