HONOLULU – Safeway Hawaii donated $104,022.47 to the Hawaii Foodbank as a result of Safeway’s “Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts)” holiday food drive and Hawaii Foodbank’s “Check-Out Hunger” fundraising campaign. The Maui Food Bank received $18,776.73 as their share in the campaign.
Thanks to Safeway customers, more than 7,000 bags of groceries were sold at checkout stands at 21 Safeway stores across the state and donated to those in need this past holiday season. The specially packed grocery bags provided customers with an easy way to make a donation while ensuring that food bank recipients received the items they needed most. The bags, priced at $10 each, contained Safeway and Kraft Food products.
Safeway customers also donated directly to local food banks by tearing off the familiar bright green “Check-Out Hunger” coupon found at checkout stands and making a contribution.
“Safeway is proud to partner with our local food banks to help fulfill its mission of feeding Hawaii’s families,” said George Glukfeld, Safeway Hawaii district manager. “The contributions from our customers and employees continue to make a difference in providing quality, nutritional food to those in need.”
The donations from Safeway benefit food banks on each island – Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai, Maui Food Bank and The Food Basket on the Big Island. Over the past 5 years, Safeway has donated nearly half a million dollars to Hawaii food banks. Every donation received helped feed one in seven people in Hawaii – more than 14 percent of the state’s population – who must turn to a food bank for assistance.
Nationally, Safeway and Kraft Foods donated a total of 904,151 bags of groceries to food banks and other hunger-relief centers across the country. Kraft Foods provided a special holiday gift in the form of a grant to several local food banks in each of Safeway’s U.S. operating divisions. The cash donation helped food banks provide roughly 2 million meals. Safeway is a major supporter of food banks and in total, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donate an average of $200 million a year in grants and product donations to charitable organizations.