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.

Give a Little Extra to Help Fill Kettle Gap

The Salvation Army National Capital Area is asking for the community’s help to fill a gap in Red Kettle Drive donations before the campaign ends on December 24.  The much-needed money will support services provided to those most in need living throughout greater Washington DC. Red Kettle fundraising is down 13% across the region in a year-to-date comparison along with sluggish donations by mail.

The Salvation Army uses Red Kettle and year-round donations to help struggling families, individuals, and veterans with emergency assistance; provide addiction treatment; give youth a safe space to learn and grow, and offer young homeless mothers with children a chance for a better future.  The Salvation Army Grate Patrol provides hot, nutritious evening meals to the homeless living on downtown DC streets every night of the year and even through frigid weather.

National Capital Area Commander for The Salvation Army, Major James “Chip” Hall stated, “We are not sure why kettle donations are off this year. It could be as simple as fewer people carrying cash. Whatever the reason, our fundraising efforts have been affected, and we are asking the public’s help by donating a little extra when they see our kettles. There is no amount too small. Every penny, quarter, dollar, check, and credit card donation helps.”

Major Hall believes The Salvation Army will meet its goal of $1.4 million with help from the community while noting the importance in donating, “The Salvation Army makes the most of each donation we receive. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly gives hope to our neighbors in need. The donations we receive change lives in the people we serve.”

Major Hall said noted the many ways the public can pitch in, “Each of our red kettles accept cash, checks, jewelry, gold, and precious coins and at more than 250 locations around the region including most Giant, Safeway, and Walmart stores.”  Additional donation options include calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), visiting clicking the DONATE button on our website (www.salvationarmynca.org), or mailing a donation using the envelopes received at home.  In Loudon, donors can text LOUDON to 91999.

The Red Kettle Campaign Drive ends next Saturday, December 24.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted 80,744 people last year through a wide array of services. We offer emergency rental, utility, and food assistance, a homeless nutrition program, transitional housing for young mothers and their children, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, disaster relief, and youth enrichment through music and arts education.

DC Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show Benefitting Families in Need

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington 67th Annual Fashion Show, Luncheon and Auction is this Friday, October 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner beginning with a silent auction and reception at 10:00AM and a program at 12:00PM. The all-volunteer group of women have raised well over $600,000 in proceeds over the past six years to help young homeless mothers and their children at The Salvation Army’s local transitional housing center, and send kids the Camp Happyland each summer.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Washington’s 67th Annual Fashion Show, Luncheon and Auction brings Washington society together with a common cause of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

This year, 600 women and men from across the DC Metro area are expected to be in attendance for the Women’s Auxiliary main annual fundraising event. Upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons will provide this year’s runway show featuring styles from their private label, The Saks Fifth Avenue Collection.

Proceeds from the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington’s annual signature fundraising event will support the Turning Point Center for Women and Children, a transitional housing program open to women between ages 18 to 28. Turning Point helps previously homeless mothers and their families by providing them a safe place to live, independent living skills classes, ongoing case management, and much-needed guidance as they work toward the goal of independent living.

The proceeds will also help to send local kids to The Salvation Army’s Camp Happyland, a 220-acre residential camp located 90 minutes from the nation’s capital in rural Virginia. Camp Happyland is a haven away from the inner city that allows teens to enjoy nature, sports, and recreational activities while developing new skills, make new friends, and create memories that last a lifetime.

DC Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show

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

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