Safeway kicks off Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced it is teaming up with Kraft Foods, customers, local food banks and broadcast partners to collect food donations at all Safeway stores now through Dec. 24, through the retailer’s Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive.
As part of the campaign, Safeway has created a specially produced shopping bag filled with the items that food banks need the most. The bag, which will be available for $10 at all Safeway stores, includes:
Chicken of the Sea chunk white tuna;
Kraft Nabisco premium crackers;
Kraft macaroni and cheese;
Pantry Essentials canned vegetables;
Safeway spaghetti or macaroni (1-lb. package);
Safeway long grain rice (2-lb. package);
Safeway stuffing; and
Safeway cranberry sauce.
Additionally, Kraft Foods will provide a special holiday gift in the form of a grant to several food banks in each of Safeway’s U.S. operating divisions, a total commitment of $400,000. The cash donation will help the food banks provide roughly 2 million meals, Safeway said.
"Assisting people who need help during the holidays and throughout the year is a Safeway priority," said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of The Safeway Foundation. "This campaign provides an opportunity for us to help make a brighter holiday for countless families."
Winn-Dixie launches Give a Meal program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie on Wednesday announced it has joined forces with Feeding America to launch the Give a Meal program, which gives Winn-Dixie guests and team members the opportunity to help provide food to nearly 37 million Americans — including more than 14 million children — facing hunger this holiday season. Give a Meal runs through Jan. 3 and is available in all of Winn-Dixie’s 482 stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Every $1 donated during the campaign helps provide eight meals to people in need.
“With 1-in-6 American’s facing hunger every day, there is no business more aligned to help with this cause than Winn-Dixie,” Winn-Dixie group VP marketing Mary Kellmanson said. “Teaming with our guests and team members, along with Feeding America, we are eager to make a difference and ease some of the pain caused by hunger in our communities.”
In addition, some stores will offer prepackaged nonperishables in $5 and $10 increments that can be donated to the regional food bank immediately after purchase at marked collection barrels near the store exit.
Along with Winn-Dixie, a number of corporate partners, including Bank of America, Dillard’s, HMSHost and Honey Baked Ham, have joined the effort with Feeding America to fight hunger this holiday season and support the Give a Meal campaign.
In addition to corporate sponsors across the country, the campaign also is being backed by celebrities, such as Rachael Ray, members of OneRepublic, Curtis Stone, Benji and Joel Madden, Samantha Harris and Katie Lee. A running counter will be displayed on the Feeding America website to tally the number of meals that have been donated during the campaign.
MinuteClinic salutes nurse practitioners during National Nurse Practitioner Week
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic is applauding the patient-centered care delivered by practitioners across the United States and supporting their role in helping to create broader access to quality and affordable health care during National Nurse Practitioner Week that began Nov. 13 and runs through Nov. 19.
"Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are at the core of the MinuteClinic model which relies on the outstanding care and educational support they provide to patients in our convenient retail settings," said Andrew Sussman, president MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. "We have a tremendous practitioner team that I truly believe is unrivaled in today’s healthcare industry. Their role in treating patients and teaching and counseling individuals on how to make healthy lifestyle changes will become even more important as we expand our portfolio of prevention and wellness services."
MinuteClinic is one of the largest employers of nurse practitioners in the United States. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants serve patients at more than 600 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
MinuteClinic supports the work of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association and academic medical institutions across the United States in helping to educate student and practicing nurses and nurse practitioners.
"With the addition of 32 million newly insured patients as a result of health care reform and the growing shortage of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners are one of the fastest growing professions not only in health care but in any industry today," added Paulette Thabault, chief nurse practitioner officer of MinuteClinic. "We salute the universities and professional associations who are helping to grow and advance our field through teaching, research and training. And I thank my nurse practitioner colleagues and physician assistants at MinuteClinic for their commitment to the patients they serve and their dedication in fulfilling our mission to improve access to high quality health care in communities across the country."