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ALPHA BETA AND THE BOYS/VIVA SUPERMARKETS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION GRANT TO LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc.'s Foundation Announces Unprecedented Partnership to Save School District's Interscholastic Athletic Programs
 LOS ANGELES, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst the potential threat of major budget cuts within the Los Angeles Unified School District, Alpha Beta and The Boys/Viva Supermarkets Foundation today announced their commitment to guarantee private funding for the school district's interscholastic athletic programs.
 In an unprecedented public-private partnership, Alpha Beta and The Boys/Viva Supermarkets Foundation, a non-profit organization created by its parent company, Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc., will provide approximately $10 million, roughly $3.3 million per year for the next three years to preserve the school district's sports programs.
 "Food 4 Less and its Foundation believe in this great city, its government, its schools, its people and most importantly, its children. We could not stand on the sidelines as athletic programs stood on the brink of devastating budget cuts. Today, we are stepping forward -- making a leap of faith," said Fred Snowden, executive director of the foundation. "The school district is facing many difficult decisions. We believe these programs are part of the academic and social fabric that holds our schools and city together -- particularly when unity and healing should be everyone's focus," Snowden added.
 Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer George Golleher, commented, "We've been part of this community for nearly 70 years, and are the largest employer in the inner city. After last year's civil unrest, we adopted the motto `Here First -- Here To Stay' -- and we meant it."
 While it is the foundation's intention to guarantee the total $10 million required to operate sports programs district-wide, it hopes this action will spur additional private funding. Sid Thompson, superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District, echoed this hope: "Recognizing the magnitude of the challenges which the School District faces, we are committed to working with the community, including the private sector, to provide the most well-rounded education for our children. Food 4 Less' Foundation has taken a leading step today, building upon their longstanding support of academic and extracurricular activities, and we hope their action will inspire others to follow their example -- demonstrating a commitment to the community through a public-private partnership."
 The $10 million grant represents one of the largest contributions ever presented to the school district. Its impact will be felt by more than 27,000 student athletes at the 53 high schools comprising the Los Angeles Unified School District. "This gift is invaluable to the young men and women who participate in team sports. Athletics are more than winning or losing; they contribute to the students' self-esteem, instill a sense of accomplishment and teamwork, and encourage students to strive for success," expressed Willie West, coach of the Crenshaw High School state championship basketball team.
 In attendance at today's announcement were members of the foundation board of trustees, including Richard Alatorre and Mark Ridley-Thomas, members of the Los Angeles City Council; U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters; Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc.'s Ron Burkle, chairman of the board/chief executive officer; Al O'Brien, senior vice president; Dennis Kyte, vice president/foundation treasurer; and Jerry Valenzuela, director.
 Representing the board members of the Los Angeles Unified School District were President Leticia Quesada, Barbara Boudreaux, Mark Slavkin, Jeff Horton, Warren Furutani, Julie Korenstein and Roberta Weintraub.
 Also in attendance were Leigh Steinberg, president of Steinberg & Moorad; prominent national and local sports figures; as well as student athletes and coaches district-wide.
 Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc., through its foundation, is dedicated to supporting non-profit organizations that contribute to enriching the quality and diversity of education for school-age children in communities where the company's markets operate. Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc. is the second-largest supermarket operator in the greater four-county Los Angeles area, operating stores under the Alpha Beta, Food 4 Less, Boys, Viva, Cala, Bell, QFI and Falley's names in Southern and Northern California and the Midwest.
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 /CONTACT: Brenda Flynn, 213-487-0830, or Sara Dau, 213-857-9100, both of the Boys/Viva Supermarkets Foundation/


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