Albertsons donated 3-million pounds of food to OFB during fiscal year 2008-09 – making it the number one food donor within any single fiscal year. That’s enough food to help agencies fill about 60,000 emergency food boxes for hungry families.
Albertsons has been a significant donor for more than 20 years, with involvement growing yearly. OFB works directly with all 34 Albertsons stores in Oregon. All participate in OFB’s Fresh Alliance program. The program gathers nonsalable, nutritious grocery items such as meat, dairy, cheese and produce daily. OFB volunteers sort the food, which OFB distributes to local hunger-relief agencies within 24 hours.
“We also provide food from in-store food drives,” said Stacey Nelson-Kumar, community relations manager for Albertsons Intermountain West region. “And we support OFB with funds from grants and event sponsorships and provide turkey dinners for OFB to distribute to hunger-relief agencies during the holidays.”
What enables such a long-term, successful relationship? “It’s successful because it’s mutually beneficial,” said Nelson-Kumar. “Both OFB and Albertsons have a common goal of fighting hunger. Albertsons is happy to provide resources to help achieve that goal.”