Throughout the nation, in the neighborhoods served by our stores, the passion of our employees and the generosity of our customers serve as the backbone of Albertsons Companies’ history of giving back to the communities and is the foundation of how Joe Albertson did business. Joe not only helped his communities by donating back to his customers, but he also gave back to schools; food banks and other organizations that were in need.
As a grocer, no greater cause hits closer to home for us than hunger relief. Each year we donate more than $265 million in food to food banks, pantries and other agencies that are on the frontlines in the fight against hunger in America. Each of our 2,300+ stores continuously support hunger relief efforts through in-store food drives or through fundraising campaigns in conjunction with Albertsons Companies Foundation, our nonprofit.
By far the most prominent and impactful of those campaigns is Hunger Is, an Albertsons Companies Foundation charitable program which raises awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America. Since the program’s 2014 inception, Hunger Is has raised more than $23 million to provide healthful breakfasts, for children who would otherwise go without. In 2017, 50 million breakfasts were provided to kids in need.
Another core area of giving and outreach for Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation is in Disaster Relief. When our neighborhoods are struck by disaster, our employees and stores respond by reaching out to their neighborhood’s citizens and addressing their needs. In 2017 alone, when hurricanes and wildfires destroyed parts of our nation, our stores rallied to raise more than $17 million as well as food and supplies to assist our first responders and the people in our neighborhoods who were left devastated.
Albertsons Companies Foundation supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Our stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through our employees’ passion, partnerships with our vendors and the generous contributions by our customers.
Overall as a company, we work in collaboration with local organizations and seek to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. We take pride in ensuring that most of the funds we raise stays in local communities and reflects what is important to our employees and customers.
To learn more about what we fund in your area visit http://national.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.org/