Johnsonville donates $25,000 to Albertsons Companies Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Initiative

The donation comes as part of Johnsonville’s celebration of National Bratwurst Day 

BOISE, Idaho – August 16, 2021 –Johnsonville and Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI) announced today that Johnsonville is donating $25,000 to Albertsons Companies Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors initiative.  August 16 is National Bratwurst Day and as the number one brand of bratwurst in the U.S., Johnsonville has dubbed the day “Bratsgiving”. While they use the day to encourage sausage lovers to hit the grill and celebrate all things bratwurst, Johnsonville’s donation to Nourishing Neighbors puts the “giving” in their Bratsgiving celebrations.

“Bratsgiving is our version of Thanksgiving. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends around delicious grilled brats, but it’s also a great time to evaluate all we have to be thankful and to give generously to those in need,” said Marc Bennett, Johnsonville Integrated Marketing Manager. “We’re grateful to be able to contribute to the important work Albertsons Cos. is doing to lift vulnerable Americans out of the cycle of hunger.”

“We’re thankful for Johnsonville’s support of our Nourishing Neighbors initiative and our efforts to eradicate hunger in America,” said Christy Duncan Anderson, President and Executive Director of Albertsons Companies Foundation. “With support from partners like Johnsonville, Nourishing Neighbors will continue to change lives and make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

Albertsons Cos. is committed to ending hunger in America through its foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors initiative. The donation from Johnsonville will be used to support local food banks in areas where Albertsons Cos. operates stores. 

Albertsons Cos. has a long-standing commitment to hunger relief. In the last five years, the company and its foundation have donated more than $2 billion in product to food banks and other hunger relief agencies, 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. For more information about Albertsons Cos.’ commitment to hunger relief, please visit here.

About Johnsonville

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville is the No. 1 national sausage brand, featuring: brats, Italian sausage, smoke-cooked links, breakfast sausage, summer sausage, and meatballs. Johnsonville products are served in more than 50 countries and in more than 140 professional, college and semi-pro sports stadiums throughout the U.S. Johnsonville employs approximately 3,000 members globally. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the privately held company remains family owned today. For additional information, visit

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer that operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia with more than 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci's Food Lovers Market. The Company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2020, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave $260 million in food and financial support, including $95 million through our Nourishing Neighbors Program to ensure those living in our communities have enough to eat. Albertsons Companies also pledged $5 million to organizations supporting social justice. These efforts have helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, social justice and programs for people with disabilities and veterans' outreach.