SUPERVALU Celebrates National Hunger Action Month With Nationwide Program of Hunger Relief Activities
In honor of National Hunger Action Month, SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) and its nationwide family of stores, including Acme, Albertsons, bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s, Shop ‘n Save and Shopper’s Food & Pharmacy, are conducting a coordinated program of hunger relief efforts in communities across the country. The activities, which include store-based fundraising, employee volunteer initiatives, and food donations, are being done in partnership with Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) and all proceeds will be donated to food banks located in the communities served by SUPERVALU stores.
“SUPERVALU and our associates are proud to join Feeding America in the effort to raise awareness of hunger in our country and to do our part to help provide assistance to those in need,” said Jeff Noddle, SUPERVALU chairman and CEO. “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.”
Hunger relief is one of SUPERVALU’s designated areas of focus for its charitable giving and volunteer activities, along with health and nutrition and environmental stewardship. In 2007, SUPERVALU’s stores collectively distributed more than 27 million pounds of food to food banks across the nation. This year, the need for hunger relief assistance is particularly strong. According to a May, 2008 survey of 180 food banks conducted by Feeding America, 99 percent of the food banks reported between a 15 percent and 20 percent increase in the number of people being served compared to one year ago, and 81 percent reported that they are unable to meet the growing demand without having to dramatically reduce the amount of food given to each household.
During the month of September, SUPERVALU and its stores are participating in a variety of activities. Some examples include:
— Customers at SUPERVALU’s family of stores have the opportunity to purchase $1, $3, and $5 donation coupons at the checkout counter as part of the Food for All program. All funds collected will be donated to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks, ensuring that the customer’s contribution directly benefits their local community.
— Jewel-Osco is teaming up with FOX Chicago to help generate awareness about hunger while collecting food for 2.5 million meals to benefit families served by the major food banks across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Their goal is to raise $500,000 in cash donations and 250,000 pounds in food contributions from the public – enough to provide 2.5 million meals that will feed more than 223,000 needy families. All donations will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, the Peoria Area Food Bank, and the River Bend Food Bank. To help highlight the effort and generate awareness about hunger, FOX Chicago is broadcasting live spots during its weekday morning show from various Jewel-Osco store locations.
— Shaw’s stores throughout New England have a variety of activities underway, including their central Massachusetts market area’s 2nd Annual Whiffle Ball Tournament benefiting the Worcester County Food Bank, cash donations of $10,000 each to the Maine Children’s Cancer and the Dana Farber Cancer for emergency food assistance for families in need, and product donations to the Foodshare Convoy of Caring benefiting the Foodshare facility in Bloomfield, Conn.
— bigg’s is sponsoring a volunteer event on September 24 in Cincinnati, Ohio with the Freestore Foodbank where bigg’s associates will donate their time sorting food. In addition, bigg’s customers can contribute to the Freestore Foodbank’s Power Pack program, which provides food for kids in need on the weekends when they don’t have access to school-based programs. Since the inception of their partnership with The Freestore Foodbank, bigg’s customers have donated more than 50 tons of food.
— Corporate associates at Acme are participating in a corporate challenge for food donations. Individual departments will fill shelves with donated food in an aisle set up at their store support center in Malvern, Pa. Acme will also make a $10,000 contribution to Feeding America.
— Albertsons stores in the Intermountain West and Southern California divisions are hosting the second annual Albertsons Bountiful Harvest Food Drive, offering customers a chance to purchase (through a contribution) part of a “virtual bag” of food items that have been requested by local food banks. Many stores are also collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations will be made to food banks to kick off the Food Drive.
— Cub Foods is conducting its fifth annual Round-Up program to benefit Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank. The program allows Cub customers to “round up” their grocery bills to the next dollar or higher, with the extra change benefiting Second Harvest Heartland member food banks in local communities. The Cub Cares Community Foundation will match its customers’ donations up to $50,000. Cub Foods associates will also participate in a Walk for Hunger event in Stillwater, Minn.
— In addition to holding food collection drives benefiting four local food banks in their Virginia communities, Farm Fresh stores are partnering with the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula and a local college, Christopher Newport University, for their Day of Service food drive and fundraiser.
— Shop ‘n Save is conducting a food drive where customers can purchase a “Food for All” food donation bag filled with non-perishable items to be donated to local food banks in St. Louis.
— Shoppers Food & Pharmacy is making donations to SERVE, Inc., a non-profit community organization that provides basic needs for homeless and underprivileged individuals and families in Virginia.
— Hornbacher’s associates are volunteering at various local food pantries in the Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. areas, delivering meals on wheels, creating food baskets for elderly assisted living facilities, and contributing to “school snack” food drives for children.
“SUPERVALU is committed to supporting hunger relief efforts during Hunger Action Month and throughout the year,” continued Noddle. “We view this work as central to our mission of serving the communities in which we live and work, and we strive to leverage our position as one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel to affect positive change.”
For more information about events in their area, customers should contact their local stores. Contact information can be found at www.supervalu.com by clicking on each retail banner logo.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with annual sales of approximately $44 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with its approximately 2,475 retail grocery locations, including nearly 920 in-store pharmacies. Through SUPERVALU’s nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 5,000 grocery retail endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately 192,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.