Safeway has launched its Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks. The company is joining with customers, Kraft, local food banks and broadcast partners to collect food donations at Safeway stores through Christmas.
To make the donation process easier, a specially produced Every Bag Counts shopping bag filled with the items food banks need the most will be available for $10 at all Safeway stores. The bag includes:
- Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Tuna
- Skippy Peanut Butter
- Pantry Essentials Pasta
- Hunts Pasta Sauce
- Del Monte Canned Vegetables
Kraft will provide a special holiday gift in the form of a $1,500 grant to 100 food banks across the country, making for a total donation of $150,000.
The annual Every Bag Counts program is increasingly important as the problem of hunger in America becomes more visible and pronounced. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 15% of families are food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food for a healthy diet. In addition, the campaign helps the food banks during a time when the demand for food assistance is greatest, the holiday season.
Safeway is a long-time supporter of hunger relief effort, donating $119 million in food to the cause in 2012 alone.