BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As wildfires continue to ravage parts of California and Napa and Sonoma County Safeway stores help their neighborhoods with the relief effort, fellow stores in Albertsons Companies' western division, in partnership with Albertsons Companies Foundation, are now also supporting the California Wildfire Relief Fundraiser. Albertsons Companies stores in the western United States are raising funds to help organizations providing resources and services to people affected by the disaster. They join California Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions stores in California, which launched the urgent fundraising effort last week.
In addition, the Albertsons Companies Foundation has pledged to match donations up to $500,000.
"Like everyone else, we're saddened by the loss of life and the expansive destruction across multiple areas, including Napa, Sonoma and Orange County," said Christy Duncan Anderson, Executive Director of the Albertsons Companies Foundation. "Albertsons Companies has more than 600 stores in California and thousands of employees, which means we serve more than 600 communities and have a commitment to help each one, especially during times of crisis."
The funds raised at Albertsons Companies stores will support an array of charities and first-responder organizations in California, including the Orange County United Way, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the American Red Cross, the Community Foundation Sonoma County Resilience Fund, and other organizations providing critical assistance.
Along with financial assistance, California Safeway, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores have donated food and supplies to evacuation shelters and first responders on the frontlines.
The massive wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed 5,700 homes, businesses and other structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Firefighters were still battling 12 wildfires in multiple counties as of Tuesday. The fires have burned more than 245,000 acres of land and forced nearly 34,000 residents to evacuate.
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.
About the Albertsons Companies Foundation
Founded in 2001, the Albertsons Companies Foundation, formerly The Safeway Foundation, supports causes that impact 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 $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about the Albertsons Companies Foundation, visit www.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.com.
Media Contact: Teena Massingill
SOURCE Albertsons Companies