Safeway Stores Inc.
At Safeway, we take pride in being the neighborhood grocery store for millions of North Americans. We believe this important role carries with it a responsibility to become involved and to help build better, stronger communities. Much of that work is performed by The Safeway Foundation, formed in 2001 to make the most of the generous charitable contributions from our employees, customers and suppliers. Since its inception, The Safeway Foundation has raised more than $69 million for breast cancer and prostate cancer causes. Twice each year Safeway rallies its employees and the communities they serve to raise money and awareness for organizations that aid people with disabilities. Since 1986 we have helped raise $80.5 million for Easter Seals. By collecting donations at checkstands, conducting individual store fundraising events and collaborating with our suppliers through the Aisles of Smiles program, we have raised more than $32 million for MDA (a national voluntary health agency dedicated to conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect 1 million Americans of all ages) since 2003. Hunger relief is a natural extension of our business and a good fit for our community outreach. In 2007 we donated approximately $110 million worth of merchandise to food banks, soup kitchens and various hunger-relief programs, bringing our total food donations over the past decade to more than $1 billion. Safeway also is a leading supporter of America’s Second Harvest. Safeway contributed $23 million for educational purposes through the eScrip rewards program. Since teaming up with eScrip in 2000, we have donated in excess of $168 million to local schools and youth groups throughout our operating areas. In addition to the above activities, our employees donate countless hours of volunteer work to local efforts such as mentoring programs, food banks, schools and youth sports activities. We encourage and support these efforts through our Community Pride program, augmenting our employees’ good work with financia