Safeway is proud to be the largest supermarket chain in the state of Washington to partner with the Washington State Department of Health and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to launch the Complete Eats program. Seattle Division President, Karl Schroeder helped announce the campaign along with the Washington State Department of Health on June 20th, 2017.
This innovate program is designed to bring fruits and vegetables to low income households that struggle with food insecurity. SNAP customers will automatically earn a $3 to $5 coupon when they spend at least $10 on qualifying fruits and vegetables at Safeway stores. Families can shop for a variety of fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables with no added fats, sugars or sodium. The coupons will print out at the end of the transaction along with the grocery receipt.The Complete Eats coupons will be available for two consecutive years, or until the funding for the coupons runs out.
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.
- 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”.