Safeway Foundation Awards $15,000 to The Salvation Army to fight hunger

The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced that Hunger Is, their joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America, awarded $15,000 to feed hungry children living in neighborhoods throughout our community.

“I am overjoyed to witness Hunger Is making a difference on a local level by awarding over $4.6 million in total grants across the nation to provide more breakfasts to children in need. I’m so happy to help raise attention and start conversations about the critical issue of childhood hunger in America,” stated Academy Award®-nominated actress and Hunger Is Ambassador Viola Davis. “I was one of the millions of children who went to school hungry every day.  I am proud to support an organization that is giving children the fuel that they need to succeed.”

Hunger Is again invited qualified organizations to respond with approaches to increase access to free and reduced-cost school breakfast, to improve the nutritional quality of breakfast programs, and to expand weekend, summer and vacation feeding programs. The funds were raised through the Hunger Is fall in-store fundraiser at Safeway and the rest of the 2,300 locations in the Albertsons Companies family of stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.  The fundraiser generated donations through customer purchase of participating products as well as customer donations at the check stand. To date, Hunger Is has raised more than $18 million and funded 273 programs.

Currently only half of the 22 million children in the U.S. who are eligible for free or reduced-cost breakfast receive this most important meal of the day. Students who qualify for free or reduced-cost school lunch are automatically eligible for breakfast. However, there are often barriers that make it difficult for students to receive breakfast in school , from many schools which do not participate in the program, to schools which restrict the breakfast program before-school hours, making participation difficult for students who cannot arrive at school early (compared to in-classroom programs).

“The $15,000 Safeway Foundation – Hunger Is grant will help The Salvation Army to continue feeding children in need across the region,” said Major James Hall of The Salvation Army serving the Washington, D.C. region.

Regional charities located in areas where Albertsons Companies operate were invited to respond to Requests for Proposals. District Managers participated in the selection of local food or hunger-based organizations serving their immediate community.

 

We are so proud of the serious impact the Hunger Is initiative has been able to make on the critical issue of childhood hunger in America,” stated EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen.

More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.

About Hunger Is

Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America.  Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes.  For more information, visit www.HungerIs.org.

 About the Albertsons Companies Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Albertsons Companies Foundation, formerly the Safeway Foundation, supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Albertsons Companies stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation have invested $2 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about the Albertsons Companies Foundation, visit www.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.org.

About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitate positive social change.  For more information, visit www.eifoundation.org.

Montgomery County Red Kettle strikes Gold

A generous donor bestowed a pleasant Christmas surprise in a Montgomery County, Maryland on a Salvation Army red kettle last weekend, a solid gold coin. Captain Karl Dahlin of The Salvation Army Montgomery County discovered the gold coin Monday morning when he opened the bright red bucket. The Canadian gold coin came from a red kettle located in front of the Giant Food in Cabin John on Saturday. It has a face value of $50 but may be worth as much as $1,200. Funds from the sale of the coin will help close the fundraising gap in this y red kettle campaign which is down nearly 15%. The money raised through the annual Red Kettle Campaign helps locally struggling families and individuals through a variety of services and programs.

Local Officer and FedEx Canteen Deployed to North Carolina

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is providing much-needed help to the victims and responders of last week’s hurricane, which swept across the southeastern United States and the Caribbean leaving a swath of death and destruction. Local Salvation Army Corps Officer Pradeep Ramaji, from the Prince George’s County Corps, arrived on Monday in Goldsboro, NC, as part the Army’s second wave of support in the aftermath of last week’s storms. Captain Ramaji took with him one of The Salvation Army’s FedEx Emergency Disaster Canteens.

Captain Ramaji is using the FedEx Emergency Disaster Canteen to provide food, hydration, and compassionate and spiritual care to emergency responders and residents in the affected area. The canteen is a mobile feeding unit that is capable of serving up to 1,500 meals a day during disasters. Captain Ramaji remains deployed through at least October 24.

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Matthew’s Arrival

Throughout the southeastern United States, The Salvation Army is prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. From the Carolinas all the way to Florida, officers, staff and volunteers have been readying The Salvation Army’s response once the storm passes.

Matthew caused catastrophic damage in parts of Haiti where hundreds of lives were lost and extensive damage was done to homes, businesses, and even several Salvation Army structures.

The Salvation Army is ready to offer help and hope to the first responders and residents in the affected areas. During emergency disaster response activity, we prepare and serve meals from mobile canteens, distribute cleaning supplies, and offer comfort to those impacted.

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In the aftermath of a disaster, the immediate need is for monetary contributions, which helps us to meet the specific need of affected communities. Below are ways you can help as Hurricane Matthew makes its way ashore.

To make a financial gift to The Salvation Army, give:

· Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
· Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please write ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
· Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
· Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Continue to monitor our social media feeds @SalArmyNCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

A Homerun with the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals hosted the first Salvation Army Day at the Nats on July 6. It was a time to celebrated The Salvation Army’s work with youth around the region. Approximately, 500 donors, volunteers, staff, and children attended the game between the Nationals and the Brewers. Washington beat Milwaukee 7 to 4.

Children, teens, and staff from Camp Happyland traveled to the stadium, which is located along the Anacostia Riverfront, to enjoy a great afternoon of baseball. For many of the children, this was the first time attending a major league baseball game. Young musicians from enrolled at the James Anderson  Summer Music Conservatory at Camp Happyland performed a pre-game concert on the main plaza and played the national anthem just before the game began. Ten lucky DC children were “anthem buddies” and stood next to a Nats player.

The Nationals presented the Spirit Award to The Salvation Army and our new Area Commanders Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall and Advisory Board Chairman Tim Osburne accepted the award. Major James Hall also took part in the line-up card ceremony.

The children of Captains Janice and Karl Dahlin held the finish line tape during the President’s Race, which took place before the start of the 4th inning. President Taft won.

A portion of each ticket sold through a special link will be donated to The Salvation Army to help a child to attend Camp Happyland. Donations to The Salvation Army helps hundreds of kids all year round.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife Erika made a generous $10,000 donation to The Salvation Army last Christmas following a break-in at our DC Angel Tree warehouse.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the Washington Nationals for a great day at Nationals Park!

Pictures from the day can be found on our Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/salarmynca.

 

 

 

The history of the Donut Lassies

If you’re a fan of the crispy, sweet confection known as the donut, you have Salvation Army Adjutant Helen Purviance and her crew of “Donut Lassies” to thank.

Helen, her comrade Ensign Margaret Sheldon, and nearly 250 other lassies delivered kindness to WWI soliders on the front lines in France by mending their uniforms, playing music on the Victrola, handing out writing tablets, and distributing chocolate bars and other confections.

What’s the connection to donuts, you ask?

In the opening pages of his book, Donuts: An American Passion, food historian John T. Edge explains:

At a time when the Salvation Army was searching for ways to brand itself as American, operatives in World War I France seized upon the donut. Soon, comely Salvationists in tin hats were smiling for the cameras and tending vats of roiling lard. As they dipped donuts for their boys, they dispensed motherhood. By the close of World War I, the Salvation Army was among the strongest charitable forces in America — and their chosen totem, the donut, was an ingrained symbol of home.”

Those “comely Salvationists in tin hats” were none other than Helen Purviance, Margaret Sheldon, and the other lassies!

Here’s how Edge describes the action:

Though contemporary accounts differ as to how and why, there is no doubt that their decision to fry donuts would transform fried dough from a vaguely foreign food, loosely associated with the Dutch, into a symbol of American home and hearth, a gustatory manifestation of the ideals for which the soldiers fought…One account has the Lassies frying the first batches in a galvanized trash can; another says it was a soldier’s helmet. No matter the variation in the telling of the tale, there can be no doubt that in a very short time donuts became central to The Salvation Army ministry.”

In this unedited letter home to her family, Helen tells them what a typical — and grueling — day was like for her and for the other lassies:

“At 8 we commence to serve cocoa and coffee and make pies and doughnuts, cup cakes and fry eggs and make all kinds of eats until it is all you can see. Well can you think of two women cooking in one day 2,500 doughnuts, eight dozen cup cakes, fifty pies, 800 pan cakes and 225 gallons of cocoa, and one other girl serving it. That is a day’s work in my last hut. Then meeting at night, and it lasts for two hours.”

Adjutant Helen Purviance, credited with introducing the donut to American servicemen during WWI.

Since 1938, The Salvation Army has celebrated Adjutant Helen Purviance and her smiling contingent of donut-frying lassies with National Donut Day on the first Friday in June — this year it’s on Friday, June 3.

National Donut Day was originally started by The Salvation Army in Chicago to honor the donut lassies, but also to raise funding to help care for the men and women struggling through the Great Depression.

On June 3, you can eat a donut (or two!) knowing that you’re not just enjoying a delicious piece of WWI history, you’re honoring the brave US soldiers who fought for victory, and the lassies who freely dispensed deep-fried comfort.

About author John T. Edge:

John T. Edge’s work has appeared regularly in Gourmet and Saveur and has been featured in the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 editions of Best Food Writing. He is currently the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. His cookbook, A Gracious Plenty, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. In 2003, he was named “One of Twenty Southerners to Watch” by the Financial Times of London, and he was a finalist for the 2004 M. F. K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation.

(Thanks to The Salvation Army Western Territory Digital Creative Team for this great information!)