Strengthening our neighborhoods. Changing lives.
The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers' lives. Our stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through our employees' passion, partnerships with our vendors, and the generous contributions by our customers. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities.
Health and Human Services
We sponsor organizations that are engaged in health research and nutritional programs. The Safeway Foundation's contributions finance medical research and programs that improve the lives of people living with cancer and neuromuscular diseases. Since 2001, we have donated nearly $175 million towards breast cancer and prostate cancer research alone. We believe that a cure will be found and that our careful allocation of funds will be a catalyst in the process.
As one of the largest grocery retailers in North America, we find that supporting hunger relief programs is a natural fit for us. We're proud to be one of the largest contributors to food banks and feeding programs in the neighborhoods we serve. In 2010 alone, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donated more than $130 million in food products to hunger-relief programs in neighborhoods around the nation. Many of our local divisions contribute through their own signature programs to help fight hunger in their neighborhoods.
Our commitment to education stretches back to the very beginnings of our company. Today, The Safeway Foundation supports numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Safeway also participates in Electronic Scrip Incorporated's eScrip program, which enables consumers to direct a percentage of their grocery purchases to be donated to the school of their choice. In 2010, we donated $21.4 million to local schools through eScrip, requesting that schools allocate 20 percent of our contributions to nutrition and fitness programs that help children stay active and healthy.
Helping People with Disabilities
We have long supported regional and national programs that assist people with disabilities. These organizations include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, and a range of community-based employment and job coaching organizations focused on serving people with disabilities. Over the past two years, Safeway has also joined with Rebuilding Together to fund home and community center remodeling and projects designed to help local neighborhoods.
Supporting Causes that Improve Lives
The Safeway Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the lives of our neighbors.
In total, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donate an average of $200 million a year in grants and product donations to charitable organizations.