Supervalu Stores Back Hunger Relief Activities

In honor of National Hunger Action Month, Supervalu and its national family of supermarkets are conducting a coordinated program of hunger relief efforts, including 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.

According to Mary Vander Leest, community relations manager for the Minneapolis-based retailer, “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.”

Supervalu’s hunger relief efforts during the month of September will include:

--Acme Markets’ partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “180,000 Pounds in 180 Days” food drive campaign
--Several of Supervalu’s retail banners participation 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 nonprofit organizations
--bigg’s donation of proceeds from its “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
--Cub Foods is 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 nonperishable food
--Farm Fresh is supporting the 2nd Annual Tyson Student Food Drive and the Hunger Action Month Food Drive, which is 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
--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
--Shaw’s is working with food banks to expand its “Fresh Rescue” program in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut
--Shop ’n Save is hosting a month-long fundraising campaign to raise money for the Central Illinois Food Bank and the St. Louis Area Food Bank
--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 also have the opportunity to purchase $1, $3, and $5 donation coupons at checkout as part of the “Food for All” program, funds for which will be donated to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks
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