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LOVELAND, COLO — December 28, 2020 — The Food Bank for Larimer County received a $25,000 grant to support hunger relief efforts during the holiday season and beyond, courtesy of Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.

“No one should have to go hungry, especially during the holiday season. We’re grateful to Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors for awarding us this grant so we can help the most vulnerable members of our community, who face food insecurity on a regular basis,” said Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani.

In response to the pandemic, the Food Bank for Larimer County created a pop-up mobile food pantry program that focuses on increasing access to food in underserved areas of our community. These funds from Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative will help provide the equivalent of 50,000 meals for the pop-up pantry distribution.

Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative was established to help families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. More than $77 million has been donated this year alone to help food banks, schools and senior centers launch or maintain their meal programs. This round of Nourishing Neighbors grants focuses on the needs of marginalized communities, which have been particularly hard hit. Roughly 86 percent of Latino households with children and 66 percent of Black households with children reported serious financial problems during the pandemic. Across the board, the numbers are staggering.

About Albertsons Companies and Safeway
Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 34 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. The Denver Division has 124 Safeway and Albertsons stores in five states, including Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota and Nebraska, and employs more than 10,000 people. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2019 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave nearly $225 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 Food Bank for Larimer County
Founded in 1984, the Food Bank for Larimer County is the county’s only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food. In 2020, the Food Bank provided enough food for 8.8 million meals through a variety of hunger-relief programs, including its Fresh Food Share pantries, Nutritious Kitchen and Nourishing Network. An estimated 37,500 Larimer County residents received assistance through the Food Bank’s programs and partnerships last year.


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