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Safeway awards $500K in COVID-19 grants to fight hunger

Shown is a Safeway store at the Potrero Center shopping complex in San Francisco, Monday, April 23, 2007. Grocery store chain Safeway Inc. said Thursday, April 26, 2007 its first quarter profit jumped 22 percent on a better-than-expected rise in sales, particularly at new premium lifestyle stores. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Donations to the Help Feed Families During The Crisis fundraiser are being collected at Safeway store check stands and also online at (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Safeway Foundation in Safeway’s Eastern Division has awarded $500,800 in Nourishing Neighbors grants to 47 non-profit organizations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington to help fight hunger in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Hunger relief programs are stretched to capacity due to the necessary measures schools, businesses and governments have taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Help Feed Families During The Crisis fundraiser, part of the Safeway Foundations’ Nourishing Neighbors initiative, was established to help local families impacted by the current pandemic. Funds raised during the month of April are being used to support local organizations providing meals to school children, seniors, and others in need of assistance. Programs eligible for funding can include (but are not limited to) support for emergency meal distribution programs for students, families in need through gift cards or food distribution, providing meals and food to seniors or helping families access federal food programs such as  WIC and SNAP.

Among the grant recipients, the Baltimore Hunger Project serves students from 24 Baltimore city and county schools. They will use their grant to help cover the additional expense of providing food packages twice a week to designated school food distribution sites.

The award to Mason Crest Elementary School in Annandale, VA will allow them to combat urgent food insecurity among their student population – about half of whom receive free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch, which they have not had access to since the pandemic began.

In Maryland and Washington, Mary’s Center is providing grocery gift cards to 350 families and students currently enrolled in Briya, a dual-generation school for immigrant families.

And Medstar Washington Hospital Center will provide support to patients who are experiencing significant food insecurity and are especially vulnerable, due to chronic illness, pregnancy, and/or COVID-19-related financial impact on their families.

Donations to the fundraiser are being collected at Safeway store check stands and also online at


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