Highlighting Philanthropy: Safeway

By Mark Orcutt, Communications and Outreach Manager
(Pictured: Wendy Gutshall, Safeway, Senior Communications and Government Relations Manager, Northern California Division)

It is officially Philanthropy Awards week - only three more days until we gather at the Blackhawk Museums to celebrate an outstanding class of honorees.

Today we highlight another one of this year's Outstanding Corporate Philanthropists: Safeway.

Safeway’s ongoing commitment to feeding the East Bay’s hungry by donating of millions of dollars and millions of pounds of food is second to none.

Their generosity extends far beyond food donations and financial contributions. Safeway has helped raise the visibility of hunger as a pressing issue in the East Bay through their ‘Help Us End Hunger’ food drive that collected 16,500 bags of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano alone with 100,000 bags donated Bay Area-wide last year.

Safeway and Albertsons Company’s corporate support, combined with the Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Safeway Foundation, provide over $200 million in grants and products. Safeway also donates equipment, trucking and expertise to food banks. Their assistance enables food banks to improve their operating standards so that they can become an equal partner in distribution and better serve communities in need.

Finally, Safeway employees donate their time and talent serving as stalwart board members on nearly all the Bay Area’s food banks. This volunteer involvement is critical to the ongoing collaboration needed between food banks and food providers to solve the increasingly pressing issue of hunger in our community.

Safeway’s actions and leadership demonstrate its commitment to fighting hunger and improving the lives of those in need across the East Bay.

Photo Credit: Amy Sullivan