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Safeway Commemorates Hunger Awareness Day With Local Food Drives.

Company Donates $110 Million Yearly to Regional Foods Banks and Food Pantries

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE NYSE

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:SWY) will participate in National Hunger Awareness Day on June 5, 2007 as a way to focus attention on the issue and announce the launch of several seasonal food drives and hunger awareness programs. This summer Safeway will conduct food drives and fundraisers in several major cities as part of its ongoing commitment to hunger relief programs.

"As a food retailer, hunger is an important focus and a natural fit for our community outreach," said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President, Chief Strategist and Administrative Officer and Chairwoman of The Safeway Foundation. "As the need increases, Safeway is even more committed to supporting the food banks and agencies at the forefront of the fight against hunger."

Safeway's summer of hunger relief campaigns begins on June 5th in the nation's capital where the Washington D.C. City Council receives a special delivery from Safeway and the local food bank. The Capital Area Food Bank will deliver National Hunger Awareness Day box lunches provided by Safeway with information about hunger in the D.C. area. County council members in Virginia and Maryland will also receive the hunger awareness lunches from the Capital Area Food Bank. Simultaneously, Delaware state elected officials will receive Safeway lunches and literature delivered by the Food Bank of Delaware as a way to raise awareness about hunger issues. Both food banks receive ongoing donations of food from Safeway stores and food distribution centers on the East Coast.

On the West Coast, two major Safeway-sponsored events promise to bring significant donations to regional food banks and feeding programs. In Portland, Safeway is the long-time sponsor of the largest music festival for hunger relief of its kind, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival The Waterfront Blues Festival is an annual event that features 3 - 5 days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. The event began in 1988 and still takes place every year as of 2007.  benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. This year the festival begins on July 4th, spans five days and features 150 performances from celebrated artists, including The Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor Koko Taylor sometimes called 'KoKo Taylor' (born Cora Walton, 28 September 1928, in Shelby County, Tennessee) is an American blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She is known primarily for her rough and powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings. , Joan Armatrading and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Event attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food as part of the cover charge. This year the food bank hopes to raise $600,000 and collect 110,000 pounds of food.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, colloquially known as the Bay Area or The Bay
 will team up with the local ABC television ABC Television may refer to:
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 affiliate, KGO KGO Knight Grand Officer  ABC-7, to address a specific hunger need that increases each year and affects the youngest among us. When school is out for the summer, children who receive free school lunches miss that meal, which for many children, is the only hearty meal of the day.

The Safeway and ABC-7 Summer Food Drive seeks to fill that void by collecting food to help hunger relief agencies meet the increased need of families with school-aged children. This year's food drive launches on July 1 with a goal of collecting 55,000 pounds of food. This is one of three annual Safeway-sponsored food drives benefiting food banks in the Bay Area.

In the Southwest, Safeway's Randalls stores in the Austin, Texas area will once again partner with CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast.  42 KEYE-TV for the annual food drive benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Last year's seven-day drive garnered 7,604 pounds of food -- equal to 41,211 meals. From July 16 through July 22, Randalls customers will be invited to donate food items or make a monetary contribution at checkstands. CBS 42 will broadcast live from various Randalls locations throughout the week to urge viewers to donate.

Safeway is one of the largest corporate supporters of hunger relief programs nationwide, contributing $110 million in food and financial support to food banks and other local feeding programs in 2006. The company maintains special programs and initiatives to assist hunger relief agencies when the need is greatest, such as during the summer months and the holiday season. During the holidays Safeway-sponsored food drives, fundraisers and meal programs collect the equivalent of 1.8 million meals. The company is also one of the largest contributors to America's Second Harvest America's Second Harvest is a United States based nonprofit organization. It consists of a nation-wide network of more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations that serve virtually every county in the United States as well as Puerto Rico.  food banks.

"Safeway has long been one of our most important corporate partners," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of America's Second Harvest. "They are proactively creating opportunities to better serve the hungry, and we appreciate their efforts."

America's Second Harvest feeds more than 25 million people through a network of 50,000 charitable agencies, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters.

The United States Department of Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), established in 1862, USDA is responsible for the safety of meat, poultry, and egg products. It conducts ongoing research in areas from human nutrition to new crop technologies and also helps ensure open
 estimates that more than 35 million Americans, including 12 million children, are living in food-insecure households -- households that are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire sufficient food to meet basic needs.


Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , based on sales. The company operates 1,755 stores in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and western Canada
This article is about the region in Canada. For the school in Calgary, see Western Canada High School.

Western Canada, commonly referred to as the West
 and had annual sales of $40.2 billion in 2006. Safeway supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and last year donated more than $154 million to important causes, such as cancer research, education, food banks and programs focused on assisting people with disabilities. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City.
 under the symbol SWY.
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