Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Safeway Raises $7 Million for MDA

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway, Inc. announced today that it raised a record $7 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during a month-long campaign at the company’s more than 1,600 U.S. stores.

The annual Safeway fundraising drive for "Jerry's Kids" is part of a companywide initiative to assist people with neuromuscular disease. The money raised goes to MDA-funded, leading-edge research and treatment programs. Over the years Safeway has raised more than $32 million for MDA through customer donations at checkout and a broad range of store fundraising events, including its participation in the long-standing Aisles of Smiles program. Over the Labor Day weekend, Safeway employees volunteered time and participated in various regional Jerry Lewis MDA telethons presenting checks and staffing phone banks.

"Raising funds for MDA has become an important late-summer tradition at Safeway and a core part of how our company gives back to the community," said Larree Renda, Safeway executive vice president and chair of The Safeway Foundation. "We are grateful to our customers for their generosity and extremely proud of our employees for their hard work. Our commitment is paying off with research and treatments that are making a difference in the lives of more than one million Americans living with neuromuscular disease."

Safeway supports a range of important causes with funds, informational outreach and volunteer hours. In 2006 Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donated nearly $154 million in food and financial support to education, hunger relief, medical research and other important causes and is on a record pace to set new fundraising records in 2007.

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,740 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.2 billion in 2006. Safeway supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and last year donated more than $154 million to important causes, such as cancer research, education, food banks and programs focused on assisting people with disabilities.

In addition to the funds raised, Safeway employees volunteered hundreds of hours in more than a dozen cities staffing phone banks and taking pledges at telethon sites in Houston, Los Angeles, Baltimore and San Diego. Safeway sets a good example not only in its philanthropy, but also in its business practices. The company has a strong record of hiring and supporting people with disabilities. Currently, the company employs nearly 10,000 people with disabilities in its stores and support facilities nationwide.

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