Hunger, Help, and Hope: Albertsons Companies Highlights Food and Financial Outreach and Releases Community Impact Report for Foundation Giving
Customers and employees help contribute nearly $262 million to support important causes in 2018
BOISE, Idaho, March 26, 2019 -- Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation today announced the results of a wide-ranging donation and community involvement effort to effect change in the neighborhoods they serve.
Through the hard work of its employees and generosity of its customers, the nation’s second-largest food and drug retailer contributed nearly $262 million in food and financial support to important causes in 2018, continuing a long history of grassroots and enterprise-wide outreach.
“The report is an inspiring testament to the energy and the generosity of our employees and customers,” said Albertsons Companies Foundation Executive Director Christy Duncan Anderson. “It represents their commitment to being dedicated change agents where change is needed most, and to our employee promise to Make Every Day a Better Day.”
Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation gave $226 million in support to food banks and other hunger relief agencies last year, expanding their standing as one of the biggest retail supporters of hunger relief in the country. These donations were in addition to hundreds of tons of food contributed through local and regional food drives.
The company also mobilized its nearly 2,300 Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, ACME Markets, Randalls, Haggen and other banner stores to undertake dozens of donation campaigns to support an array of outreach programs and causes.
Separately, Albertsons Companies Foundation released its 2018 Community Impact Report chronicling the positive effects made by customer contributions.
Through a series of campaigns, the Foundation raised $43 million for cancer research and treatment, outreach to veterans, hunger relief, health and wellness, disaster relief and other needs.
Donations were collected through a series of in-store fundraisers—some companywide, some regional, some run by one store and a dedicated crew of employees who were determined to make a difference. All funds remain local, supporting organizations that serve the communities in which they were raised.
The contributions translated into grants for 2,000 worthy non-profit organizations across the country that perform much-needed services.
The Foundation’s annual Hunger Is campaign to fight childhood hunger in America, set a record in 2018, raising $7.2 million in just 30 days. Funds from Hunger Is support breakfast programs, ensuring that children in low-income areas have a healthy start to their day.
To learn how donations are used to help your community, go to www.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.org and select your state, city and local store.
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.
About Albertsons Companies Foundation
Founded in 2001, Albertsons Companies Foundation, formerly Safeway Foundation, supports causes that impact customers’ lives. Albertsons Companies stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation have invested $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001.
A PDF of the impact report is available here.