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Help Us End Childhood Hunger

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April marks the launch of Hunger Is, a joint charitable program between The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation designed to raise awareness and improve the health of hungry children in America.

Research shows that children who eat achieve higher math scores than children who lack adequate access to food, and also miss fewer days of school, which can increase their likelihood of graduation from high school. Yet despite these statistics, a staggering one in five children in the America still struggle with hunger.

Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis, Ambassador for Hunger Is, hopes to shine a brighter light on a widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed. She was one of those children that went to school hungry. "I am honored to join The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to bring this problem the attention it deserves and raise funds that will help end childhood hunger in this country," said Viola.

During its inaugural month, Safeway shoppers will have the opportunity to help solve childhood hunger by donating at their local Safeway store or online by clicking on the Donate button below. The program will continue year-round with more information and opportunities to donate at HungerIs.org.


 

We're raising money for veterans November 9th-11th

In honor of Veterans Day support our local heroes.  Please donate November 9th to 11th at any register.


Last year we raised $1 million for veterans in just three days through donations made by our customers and employees, and we're doing it again this year. In honor of Veterans Day, donations made from November 9th through 11th will support career retraining, stress counseling, social activities and rehabilitation programs for veterans in your local neighborhood. The Safeway Foundation is honored to help our local heroes through the generosity of our employees and customers.


 

Throughout the month of October, we're raising money to help find a cure for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, with 1 in 8 affected each year in the U.S. That's why it's important to us to offer customers a way to help - so more women can live to embrace a new day.

This year, we've teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer, an Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) program that raises funds to accelerate cancer research. We're excited to feature Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Marg Helgenberger for the second year in a row. She'll be on our breast cancer campaign's in-store signage, as well as in television, print and online PSAs.

We're offering three ways to donate in our stores. You can purchase our limited-edition bag for $2.99, with $2 from the sale of each bag benefiting breast cancer research. You can also purchase $30 worth of participating products and $5 will be donated (look for the pink price tags)*. Or you can donate any amount at the register.

In the last 11 years, Safeway has raised over $119 million for breast cancer research. The funds go to national and local organizations that support breast cancer research and awareness in your neighborhood.

It's estimated that more than 50% of cancer deaths in the U.S. are related to preventable causes such as tobacco use, obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity. Consider some of these suggestions:

  • Be proactive. Many cancers can be hereditary, so ask your doctor about genetic counseling and talk to your family.
  • Eat your greens. Veggies contain nutrients and antioxidants that help prevent cancer cells from forming.
  • Tell your friends to quit smoking, and offer to help however you can. Cigarette smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths annually in the US (including deaths from secondhand smoke).
  • Get moving! Obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25-30% of major cancers.
  • Use sunscreen year 'round. Unprotected sun exposure can cause melanoma - the #1 cancer in men and women ages 25-29
  • Spread the word. By sharing these tips or your story, you could help save a life.
  • Examine yourself. Because early detection is key, it's important to monitor breasts, skin or testicles for changes every month.
  • Knowledge is power. Subscribe to scientific and advocacy newsletters, talk to cancer survivors and be your own advocate.
  • Donate. Donated funds have helped create a brighter tomorrow for millions of people. But we still need your help to get closer to finding a cure.

Go to Stand Up To Cancer to read more about cancer treatment and prevention.

*Purchases must be made with Club Card between 10/1/13 and 11/3/13. Up to $1 million will be donated.

Through Labor Day, we're raising funds for people with muscle disease.

During the month of August, The Safeway Foundation is partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help make a difference for over one million Americans affected by muscle disease.

We're proud to be working again with the MDA, an organization dedicated to finding treatments and cures for all types of muscle disease. The MDA sponsors worldwide research, supports community awareness of muscle diseases and provides national healthcare services to affected families and individuals.

It's easy to help: contribute to the MDA at the register in your local Safeway store, or online. Donations will support local programs so you can feel good about making a difference in your neighborhood. Make a muscle, change a life. Donate today.


 

During the month of June, we're raising funds to support research and treatment for prostate cancer.

Marcia Cross billboard ad. It starts with a wish.  It ends with a cure.

1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. That's more than 238,000 fathers, brothers, sons and loved ones.

Throughout June, The Safeway Foundation will be raising money to help support the doctors and scientists who are working hard to find treatments for this disease. And at Safeway, it's important for us to offer customers a way to help, for all the men in their lives.

To support the cause, you can purchase our limited-edition bag in store for $2.99. $2 from the sale of each bag will go to The Safeway Foundation to fight against prostate cancer. You can also use the pinpad at checkout to make a contribution or donate on The Safeway Foundation website.

Actress Marcia Cross, a Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador, has partnered with Safeway to help join the fight. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) that, with support from the entertainment industry, raises funds to accelerate prostate cancer research.

"We're helping to fight the good fight. And I, for one, don't want to lose a single man in my life to prostate cancer," says Cross.

Since 2001, The Safeway Foundation has raised more than $84 million for prostate cancer research. With your help, we'll continue to make a difference. Donate today and help us support this important cause.


 

This April, we're raising money and making a difference for people with disabilities.

Currently, one in five Americans is living with a disability. And we believe that you can make a difference. That's why we proudly partner with organizations like Easter Seals and Special Olympics-so that together, we can give back to our local neighborhoods.

Through customer and employee support, and with the help of The Safeway Foundation, we gave over $9.2 million last year to programs helping people with disabilities. These funds have helped create life-changing opportunities for those in need.

Over the last 25 years, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation have raised more than $129 million for Easter Seals programs. We're working together to offer help, hope and answers to people living with autism and other special needs. Locally, our support of Easter Seals is helping to significantly expand the work of the organization in the community to benefit both children and adults.

We're also proud to support Special Olympics and provide more athletic opportunities for those with disabilities. In fact, we've funded 23 programs in 22 states, carefully investing funds into the neighborhoods where they were collected.

At Safeway, we're creating positive change. And we couldn't do it without the generosity of our customers and employees. Donate online or at your local store today and help us make a difference in your neighborhood.

Throughout the month of August, we're raising money for people with muscular dystrophy.

Breanna makes a muscle.

The funds donated by customers in Safeway stores will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases. MDA funds research projects around the world and also provides care, support and education with local offices across the country and sponsorship of medical clinics. Because it's important to us to make a difference in our local communities, the funds will go back to the communities in which they were raised.

It's easy to help: simply donate any amount at the register at your local Safeway store.

So far, Safeway has raised over $68 million for the MDA, which helped result in landmark achievements:

  • Launch of the first clinical trial with a drug that specifically targets the genetic flaw in familial ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Two projects were designed to prevent debilitating side effects caused by long-term steroid therapy, currently the only approved drug regimen for Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy
  • A clinical trial to optimize a gene therapy strategy for Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophy was designed and activated
  • Uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy and more than 40 other neuromuscular diseases

Throughout the month of June, we're raising money to help find a cure for prostate cancer.

Together, we raised over $14.5 million for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness

1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. That's why it's important to us to offer customers a way to help, for all the men in their lives.

This year, we've partnered with Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) that, with support from the entertainment industry, raises funds to accelerate prostate cancer research. All of the funds we raise go to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research committed to finding better treatments and, one day, a cure. The foundation channels resources to the world's top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs.

Our limited-edition bag will be available to purchase for $2.99. $2 from the sale of each bag will benefit prostate cancer research. Since 2001, Safeway has raised more than $68 million for prostate cancer research. Generous donations from our customers and employees have helped make a big difference in the following ways:

  • Nearly 200,000 American men are alive today due to improved treatments.
  • The prostate cancer death rate has been reduced 40% since the early 1990s.
  • We've helped fund 1,600 prostate cancer research projects, providing hope for more treatments and a cure.
  • 4 new prostate cancer drugs have been approved by the FDA in just 2 years.
  • 27 forms of prostate cancer have been discovered, enabling treatments to be more personalized and effective.
  • 8 new prostate cancer drugs are currently in trials.
  • Nearly 100 cancer investigators have been funded in 7 countries, resulting in more innovative research and accelerated progress.

From all of us at Safeway, THANK YOU!

Facts provided by the Prostate Cancer Foundation

Together, we raised over $14.5 million for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

Thank you for your energy and donations. Together we have raised more than $108 million for the cause since 2001. The funds benefit leading-edge breast cancer research projects at some of North America's top cancer centers as well as a range of nonprofit organizations focused on new treatments, raising awareness and enabling early detection.

Together, we raised over $14.5 million for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness

More than 230,000 women in the U.S. alone will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Thanks to the engagement and generosity of our employees, customers and suppliers, we are funding projects and programs that will continue to have a meaningful impact on breast cancer treatment rates.

Funds we raise go to the top cancer research centers in the United States and Canada. Our donations contribute to cutting-edge trials and programs, including I-SPY 2, which is designed to accelerate the development of more personalized clinical breast cancer trials. Since the launch of I-SPY, scientists have reported findings that could influence the way researchers screen, treat and assess the prognosis for women with advanced breast cancer.

Contributions also support our aggressive breast cancer awareness and detection program. The Safeway Foundation has recently partnered with regional medical institutions to support mobile mammography programs, which provide hundreds of women with free or low-cost mammography screenings. Currently we are sponsoring five such programs that are reaching women in rural or underserved areas who otherwise would not receive this potentially life-saving procedure. Because of advances in early detection and treatment, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.

We're supporting Breast Cancer Research and Awareness all October long.

For the entire month of October, Safeway stores are raising money for breast cancer research, awareness and a cure. It's easy to get involved; simply donate $1 at the register at your local Safeway store.

Doctor and two nurses standing above a reclining patient

Funds we raise go to the top cancer research centers in the United States and Canada. Our donations contribute to cutting-edge trials and programs, including I-SPY, which is designed to accelerate the development of more personalized clinical breast cancer trials. Since the launch of I-SPY, scientists have reported findings that could influence the way researchers screen, treat and assess the prognosis for women with advanced breast cancer.

Contributions also support our aggressive breast cancer awareness and detection program. The Safeway Foundation has recently partnered with regional medical institutions to support mobile mammography programs, which provide hundreds of women with free or low-cost mammography screenings. Currently we are sponsoring five such programs that are reaching women in rural or underserved areas who otherwise would not receive this potentially life-saving procedure. Because of advances in early detection and treatment, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.

Check back soon to see our fundraising results from recent campaigns.

  • Prostate Cancer
  • People with Disabilities
  • MDA
  • Breast Cancer