by Julian Baet
When the COVID-19 crisis hit in March, organizations like ours immediately began seeing a spike in requests for food assistance and wondered how we would be able to meet the swelling demand. Luckily, there are community partners like Safeway and Albertsons, and their foundation who immediately understood that the crisis brought layoffs and a financial crisis at home for millions of people across the nation.
Safeway and Albertsons Companies Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative addresses this demand head-on. It was launched with a $53 million company donation and has since raised millions to help organizations like Associated Recreation Council address COVID-19 hunger locally.
We are grateful to receive a $26,500 grant from this Initiative to Help Feed Children and Families during Summer and want to thank Safeway and Albertsons Companies Foundation and all the wonderful customers who donated to the campaign. We will use the grant to provide snacks for children that are part of our emergency childcare program for first responders and essential workers.
All funds from the Nourishing Neighbors Initiative provide the following critical support to food banks and other organizations on the front line of hunger relief:
Our sincere thanks to the folks at Safeway and Albertsons Companies Foundation for understanding the need…and meeting it.
The Associated Recreation Council (ARC), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities.