Companywide efforts to benefit local food banks across country
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 9, 2009--
In honor of National Hunger Action Month, SUPERVALU INC.® (NYSE: SVU)
and its nationwide family of stores, including Acme®, Albertsons®,
bigg's®, Cub Foods®, Farm Fresh®, Hornbacher’s®, Jewel-Osco®, Lucky®,
Shaw's/Star Market™, Shop 'n Save® and Shopper's Food & Pharmacy®, are
conducting a coordinated program of hunger relief efforts in communities
across the country. The activities include store-based fundraising,
employee volunteer initiatives and food donations. All proceeds will be
donated to food banks located in the communities where SUPERVALU
employees live and work.
“SUPERVALU and our associates are proud to join in the effort to raise
awareness of the problem of hunger in our country and to do our part to
help provide assistance to those in need,” said Mary Vander Leest,
SUPERVALU’s manager of community relations. “National Hunger Action
Month provides a great opportunity for us to expand our continuing
hunger relief activities and to really make a difference in the fight
against hunger in our communities.”
Hunger relief is one of SUPERVALU’s designated areas of focus for its
charitable giving and volunteer activities, along with health and
nutrition and environmental stewardship. According to Feeding America,
one in eight Americans struggles with hunger today.
During the month of September, SUPERVALU and its stores and supply chain
services facilities are participating in a variety of activities. Some
Acme has partnered with the Philadelphia Inquirer on
their 180,000 pounds in 180 days food drive campaign, collecting food
at stores in the region for local hunger relief agencies. In addition,
ACME corporate employees are participating in a food drive contest,
pitting department against department to fill shelves with
non-perishable items to be donated to the Chester County Food Bank.
Several of SUPERVALU’s retail banners participate in the Fresh Rescue
Program, which captures fresh items such as meat, dairy and produce
that have reached their “sell by” date but are still edible and safe,
and donates them to local non-profit organizations. For Hunger Action
Month, Albertsons has rolled out the Albertsons Fueling Fresh
Rescue Grant Program, providing Fresh Rescue partner organizations
grants for projects that address the goals of increasing the
distribution of food to needy people, increasing access to food
assistance, connecting people to additional services or public
benefits to help alleviate food insecurity and improving
organizational efficiency to deliver hunger relief services. Albertsons
stores in the Intermountain West and Southern California divisions
will be making donations to nearly 100 organizations throughout the
regions that they serve, including 3.3 million pounds of food.
bigg’s will be donating proceeds from their Sixth Sense program
to the Freestore Foodbank. The program encourages the use of reusable
bags by giving six cents back to the customer and a wooden token worth
six cents to be donated to a featured charity. Stores have designated
the Freestore Foodbank as one of their featured charities.
Cub Foods stores are staging food drives in partnership with
local community organizations, delivering all donations directly to
local food shelves and ensuring those donations stay local. Some Cub
stores are also hosting Salvation Army mobile units to collect
donations including clothes and furniture in addition to
Farm Fresh is supporting the 2nd Annual Tyson
Student Food Drive and the Hunger Action Month Food Drive sponsored by
WVEC TV 13 and Farm Fresh. During the Tyson Student Food Drive,
collection bins will be placed in Farm Fresh stores and student groups
will be invited to host events at Farm Fresh locations. The Hunger
Action Month Food Drive is a 13 hour event held on Wednesday,
September 16, 2009 at all Farm Fresh locations. Community members are
encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to
help their hungry neighbors in need.
In addition to a store-based fundraising campaign, Hornbacher’s associates
are organizing various volunteer opportunities for employees at
local agencies in their community.
Jewel-Osco is once again teaming up with FOX Chicago to help
generate awareness and raise food and funds for food banks across
Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Throughout September, Jewel-Osco
will collect cash and food donations at all of its stores as part of
Feeding America’s “Give a Little, Feed a Lot” campaign, with a goal of
raising enough donations to provide 2.5 million meals that will feed
more than 220,000 needy families.
Shaw’s is working with food banks to expand its Fresh Rescue
program in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Providing a
reliable source of healthy products for the food banks allows them to
fight some of the most devastating aspects of hunger, namely poor
nutrition and poor eating habits.
Shop 'n Save is hosting a month-long fundraising campaign to
raise money for the Central Illinois Food Bank and the St. Louis Area
SUPERVALU Supply Chain Services facilities are participating in
a wide range of activities, including food drives, monetary donation
opportunities for employees and a variety of employee volunteer events
to benefit local hunger relief agencies.
Customers at SUPERVALU’s family of stores have the opportunity to
purchase $1, $3, and $5 donation coupons at the checkout counter as
part of the Food for All program. Funds collected will be donated to
local Feeding America-affiliated food banks, ensuring that the
customer’s contribution directly benefits their local community.
For more information about events in their area, customers should
contact their local stores. Contact information can be found at www.supervalu.com
by clicking on each retail banner logo.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery
channel with estimated annual sales of $42 billion. SUPERVALU holds
leading market share positions across the United States with its
approximately 2,500 retail grocery locations, including nearly 900
in-store pharmacies. Through the company’s nationwide supply chain
network, SUPERVALU provides distribution and related logistics support
services to more than 2,500 independent retailers across the country.
SUPERVALU has approximately 180,000 employees. For more information
about SUPERVALU, visit www.supervalu.com.
Source: SUPERVALU INC.
Susie Bell, 952-828-4356