Boise, Idaho — In the span of 21 days, Albertsons Companies’ customers and employees helped raise more than $8 million in disaster relief donations for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma through a point-of-sale campaign at its 2,300+ stores.
The company also contributed millions of dollars in products to help people in Texas and Florida recover from the recent hurricanes. The Albertsons Companies Foundation matched the first $200,000 and was an early sponsor of the Hand in Hand telethon, which aired on September 12, 2017 and raised $55 million.
"The donations are more than dollars and cents. They're a remarkable act of caring by our generous and concerned customers across the U.S.," says Chairman and CEO Bob Miller, who added that the company was directly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "We know the broad devastation of the hurricanes first hand because our employees in those areas are among the thousands of people who are recovering and rebuilding. They worked hard to get our stores opened to serve our communities, even if they had devastating circumstances they were dealing with following the storms. We're here to help them and all of the affected communities that we serve and support."
One hundred percent of the donations collected at the company's Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, ACME Markets, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, and other stores across the United States are going directly to local disaster relief organizations, including the Salvation Army, Houston Food Bank, Feeding Texas and others.
This commitment to serving people in need during times of crisis was recently recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which named Albertsons Companies as a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Corporate Citizenship Award. The company is a finalist in the Best Disaster Relief and Community Resilience category for its response to the August 2016 Louisiana floods.
When parts of Louisiana were devastated by floods that caused $8.7 billion in damage and destroyed thousands of homes, Albertsons Companies employees worked around the clock to serve their communities, tending to the needs of their customers and neighbors who needed supplies or a cool, safe place to rest. A Randalls store became an emergency shelter for local residents then a command center for the Department of Homeland Security. Stores also launched a fundraiser resulting in a $600,000 donation for local flood recovery.
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States and operates stores under 20 well-known banners.
SOURCE: Albertsons Companies