PENNSAUKEN, NEW JERSEY – Food Bank of South Jersey is excited to receive a $29,855 grant from Albertsons from its Hunger Is initiative to eradicate childhood hunger. The funds will be used to support Food Bank of South Jersey childhood breakfast programs, which target food-insecure school children living in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.
“We are grateful and exhilarated that Albertsons Companies and the Albertons Foundation through the generosity and compassion of the Hunger Is grant are supporting the work we do each day to help South Jersey children start their day with a good, nutritious meal,” reports Fred Wasiak, CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “We know that Albertsons sets a high standard for its Hunger Is grant recipients because the grants go only to organizations that have the greatest impact on fighting childhood hunger. We’re proud to be part of that recipient group and thank participating Albertsons locations and their customers for helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of children in South Jersey.”
Each year, Hunger Is, the charitable campaign of Albertsons Companies Foundation, teams up with the nationwide network of Feeding America food banks to raise public awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in the U.S. Consumers can help fight childhood hunger by donating at any Albertsons family store. Hunger Is raises awareness, engages volunteers and raises funds to support innovative and effective programs throughout the country focused on ensuring every child in America has access to a healthy breakfast.
After raising $30.2 million since 2014 to transform the lives of 200,000 children in need, Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation once again teamed up with their customers across the country to help make sure every kid starts the day with a healthy breakfast. Through the end of September, Albertsons Cos. stores raised money through Hunger Is to battle childhood hunger. Shoppers at Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb, Randalls, ACME, and other Albertsons Cos. stores donated e at checkout to this important cause. All donations stay in the communities in which they’re raised, helping local hunger relief programs. Partnering with Albertsons Cos. on this important effort are 146 food banks, pantries, and other charities that will receive Hunger Is grants to ensure that local kids start the day with a healthy meal. Each store adopts one of their local charities and focuses its efforts on that organization’s specific needs. Organizations receiving Hunger Is funds are chosen by stores in cooperation with the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC) and Albertsons Companies Foundation. The HIAC is comprised of leaders from the most respected hunger advocacy organizations in the U.S. including Feeding America, Food Research & Action Center, Hunger Free America, Share Our Strength, and WhyHunger.
The Hunger Is initiative is part of Albertsons Cos.’s long-standing commitment to hunger relief. In the last four years, the company has donated nearly $1 billion in food to food banks and other hunger relief agencies, expanding their standing as one of the biggest retail supporters of hunger relief in the country. These donations were in addition to hundreds of tons of food contributed through local and regional food drives. Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2018 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave $262 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans’ outreach.
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. Throughout 2018, FBSJ distributed 11 million pounds of food, including 75,000 after school snacks, 200,000 summer meals, 15,000 senior food boxes, as well as serving 95 health and wellness programs to more than 6,000 residents. Providing community impact through local support, FBSJ ensures that local donations stay local. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more, visit www.foodbanksj.org.