BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Albertsons Companies today reported that, in the span of 21 days, its generous 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 for disaster relief.
"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.," said 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."
100 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 will go directly to local disaster relief organizations, including the Salvation Army, Houston Food Bank, Feeding Texas and others.
To help garner even more support for this important cause, The Albertsons Companies Foundation partnered with some of the biggest names in entertainment for the September 12Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. The telethon, which aired on multiple networks and online, raised $55 million.
Albertsons Companies has a long history of helping cities recover from disasters and maintains strategic partnerships with vendors, nonprofits and media partners to maximize outreach.
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.
These efforts followed the company's tactical plan for crisis and disaster outreach, which is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility platform.
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.