Through its philanthropic arm, Supervalu Inc. will donate $1 million to 34 nonprofits that provide hunger and food-related relief to those in need in local communities across the country.
The donations will benefit local communities in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Recipient organizations include local food bank affiliates of Feeding America, local members of Meals on Wheels America, local urban garden programs and meal programs at local emergency shelters.
“Too many people in the United States today experience food insecurity,” said Supervalu President and CEO Mark Gross. “Today’s donations provide needed funding to help feed our communities, which is part of our company's mission, and is an important contribution to the efforts to address hunger relief.”
The Supervalu Foundation was established in 1993 to effect positive change in communities where the company operates; hunger relief and nutrition programming are its key focuses. In addition to cash donations, Supervalu has continued its giving to local and regional nonprofits, including Feeding America affiliates, in the form of food to create meals for families across the country.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 percent of American households were estimated to be food insecure in 2015, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. An estimated one in six American children are food insecure, and seniors represent the fastest growing food-insecure population.
A complete list of the donation recipients, grant amounts and their focus by state can be found online.
Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc. serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,067 stores, composed of 1,850 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the company’s food distribution business, 195 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners, and 22 stores operated under the Shop 'N Save name in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.