ORANGE, Calif., July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of The Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Vons Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), supports Olive Crest Children to make sure students have access to a healthy breakfast every day. Wednesday, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions store executives and corporate volunteers helped make healthy snacks with the children at Olive Crest Academy in Orange. The "Hunger Is" campaign is active in the 33 states where Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions has stores.
More than 20 volunteers and 175 children participated. At the end of the breakfast time, the company representatives presented a $20,000 check to Olive Crest Academy to continue the program.
Right now, only half of the 22 million American children, eligible for free or reduced-cost breakfast, get to eat the most important meal of the day. In Orange County, that translates to nearly 75,000 children who are eligible not having access to the meal. Olive Crest, which has more than 70,000 children and families as part of their life-long family, is one of the organizations to benefit from "Hunger Is" effort to end childhood hunger.
"Hunger Is" has provided grants to several organizations in Orange County to support the program's goals: to increase access to free and reduced-cost school breakfasts, to improve the nutritional quality of breakfast programs, and to expand weekend, summer and vacation feeding programs.
Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions' September 2016 Hunger Is, 'Hungry for More' fundraising campaign included both customer donations at check out, along with funds generated by the purchase of participating products in some 2,300 Albertsons stores in 33 states around the U.S. To date, "Hunger Is" has funded 5 programs in Orange County, totaling $213,000.
About Hunger Is
Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Vons Foundation, the Pavilions Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. For more information, visit www.HungerIs.org.
About Olive Crest
Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of more than 70,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. The organization works tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents.
Olive Crest's many innovative programs reflect a conviction that strengthening the family is the most powerful way to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and the families it serves even after they have graduated from the organization's programs.
Olive Crest serves over 3,500 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. For information, call 714-543-KIDS or visit www.olivecrest.org.
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