Officials of Safeway Inc. said Wednesday they plan
to donate more than 1.8 million meals to needy families and
individuals during the upcoming holiday season.
The Pleasanton-based supermarket giant plans to conduct nearly 40
regional food drives in the company's various operating areas
throughout the United States, working in cooperation with local food
banks and other hunger relief programs.
Supporting such organizations is the largest single component of the
company's charitable outreach efforts, according to Larree Renda, a
Safeway executive vice president and chairwoman of The Safeway
"...The holiday season gives us an important opportunity to help
raise awareness of hunger in our communities and to collect food for
those who need help this holiday season," Renda said in a statement.
Safeway will conduct food drives in its stores throughout
California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, as well
as in the Chicago and the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan
Along with stores in western Canada, the company now operates a
total of 1,747 stores and recorded sales of $38.4 billion during
fiscal 2005. It donated more than $150 million to a variety of
charitable causes last year.
East Bay Business Times
- Dec 6, 2006