Retailers, wholesalers put hearts into help
Sep 7, 2005 10:19 AM, from staff and wire reports
Food retailers and wholesalers across America have donated more than $20 million in financial support alone for Hurricane Katrina relief, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). They also are giving more than $10 million more in aid, including truckloads of food, bottled water, ice, baby formula, diapers, paper towels, cleaning supplies, disinfectant, and personal hygiene items.
They are using their distribution centers near the disaster areas to collect and deliver materials, dedicating trucks, drivers, transportation executives and other employees to the relief effort.
Here is an alphabetical list of food retailers and wholesalers and the relief they are providing:
Albertsons Inc is donating $10 million, including $9 million in water, ice, food and other essentials, and a $1 million fund matching customer donations. The company is collecting donations in checkout canisters at all of its 2,500 stores.
Bashas' Family of Stores is accepting monetary donations for the Red Cross relief fund through September 30.
Big Y Foods Inc is accepting customer and employee donations at all locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Big Y is matching up to $100,000 in donations.
BI-LO/Bruno's is matching customer donations up to $25,000. Shoppers are donating $1 or more by having Red Cross cards scanned at the checkout.
Bozzuto's Inc and its Northeast and Mid-Atlantic independent retailers are pledging to donate at least $500,000 in goods and services to relief efforts. Bozzuto's launched this initiative with a donation of 25,000 gallons of water.
Brookshire Grocery Co is matching up to $250,000 in cash and food donations to the Katrina relief effort. Scan coupons allow customers to add $5 to their grocery bill at the checkout with 100% of the donations going to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
D&W Food Centers is letting customers donate $5 to the American Red Cross at checkouts.
Davis Food Cooperative Inc is collecting relief money and will match up to $5,000. The money will be sent to the Cooperative Development Foundation's Katrina Cooperative Recovery Fund and to the American Red Cross.
Dick's Supermarkets and Piggly Wiggly are providing donation vouchers at checkouts for customers. They pledged $100,000 to the American Red Cross.
Farm Fresh LLC is working with WAVY-TV and a local radio group to raise money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
Food City is contributing $10,000 and encouraging customers to round up their grocery bills for disaster relief. It also provided a semitrailer loaded with water to the relief effort.
Food Lion LLC is raising money from customers through checkout contributions at all its 1,220 stores. This program will run through September 24.
Giant Eagle is supporting the relief efforts through a corporate donation, as well as letting customers contribute at some 300 supermarket and GetGo locations.
The Great A & P Tea Co Inc is collecting donations at checkouts for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
Hannaford Bros Co is making a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund in conjunction with sister companies Food Lion and Kash n' Karry/Sweetbay.
Harris Teeter Inc is selling $1 and $5 Hurricane Relief cards to raise money. The company will match up to $25,000 the donations. All money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Hy-Vee Inc made a corporate donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. All 221 Hy-Vee stores and Hy-Vee Drugstores in seven Midwestern states are putting out canisters and holding events to collect donations for the Red Cross.
The Kroger Co is raising funds at its more than 3,300 stores, and pledged to match employee donations up to $300,000. All donations are going to the American Red Cross.
Marsh Supermarkets is collecting funds at all its stores for the American Red Cross. It is inviting shoppers to add $1 or more to their grocery bill on each visit through Sept. 30. The retailer is collecting donations at checkout canisters.
Meijer Inc donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross, besides contributions being made by company associates.
Mollie Stone's is collecting customer donations in its stores for the American Red Cross.
Pathmark Stores Inc is donating food, water, and disinfectant. It established a program for customers to contribute to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
Price Chopper is raising funds in a campaign with television station WNYT and Rochester Times Union. Customers can make donations by purchasing a Red Cross at the checkout for any amount; funds will go to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The retailer is matching donations up to $50,000.
Publix Super Markets Inc is raising money from employees and from customers who can add contributions to their shopping bills. These funds will go to the American Red Cross.
Raley's is providing American Red Cross donation boxes at every checkout counter.
Roundy's Supermarkets Inc is partnering with America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin to help collect food at Pick 'n Save stores in the greater Milwaukee area. Roundy's also partnered with the American Red Cross so customers throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois can donate to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund in its stores. Roundy's is assisting employees companywide who want to donate to the fund by collecting money and matching donations up to $20,000.
Safeway Inc launched a companywide fundraiser to benefit hurricane survivors. The Safeway Foundation delivered an initial check for $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and will match employee contributions. The company will donate 10,000 American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kits.
Schnuck Markets Inc is giving $1 million in cash and in-kind donations, including $250,000 in cash to the Salvation Army and American Red Cross; $250,000 in products, also covering the transportation costs; and $250,000 in volunteer services.
Sevananda Natural Foods Market is accepting donations at the checkout for as many months as necessary. Proceeds will go to America's Second Harvest and St Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral.
ShopRite is allowing customers to make checkout donations to the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest Disaster Relief. Wakerfern Food Corp, ShopRite, PriceRite, and their affiliated companies contributed $100,000 to aid victims.
Spartan Stores' All Family Fare, Glen's, and Pharm stores are participating in a disaster relief scan program to raise funds for the relief efforts through September 17. All proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army hurricane relief effort.
Stater Bros Markets is accepting employee and checkout donations for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund at all of its 161 stores. The company is also leading local efforts to feed relocated families.
Stew Leonard's is collecting contributions to aid victims through its Wishing Wells fund. Employees are donating funds, and the Stew Leonard family is giving $10,000. All the donations will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund throughout September.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co and Giant Food Inc are collecting customer donations. All funds will go to the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest. All Stop & Shop, Giant Food, and Super G stores are participating.
SuperValu Inc began its campaign with a $50,000 check to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. It is raising more funds from customers and employees. The company is already sending Save-A-Lot trucks loaded with food, water, and other items to the areas most affected.
Tidyman's LLC is accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina through September 18. It is also partnering with a local television station and the local weatherman is barbequing hotdogs to raise awareness.
Tops Markets LLC is letting customers make a $1 donation to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort at checkouts through September 17.
Ukrop's and its affiliate First Market Bank are raising funds for American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and will match the first $25,000 contributed.
United Supermarkets Ltd is collecting customer donations in Texas in a campaign with KRBC 9 television. Funds raised are going to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and the United Methodist Church Committee on Relief.
Walgreen Co made an initial donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The company will match employee donations up to $500,000; the donations will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The company is also donating truckloads of supplies and emergency medicines.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc made cash donations of $17 million to relief efforts. Company teams are also setting up mobile Mini Wal-Mart Stores to provide free personal items in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Wal-Mart has sent truckloads of water and other supplies to staging and shelters in affected areas.
Wegmans Food Markets Inc is donating $100,000 to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund and collecting checkout donations.
Weis Markets Inc is accepting cash donations at all its 157 stores.
Wild Oats Markets Inc is accepting donations during September to help with Katrina relief efforts.
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc is accepting donations at its stores through its "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program.
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