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Feeding America Receives the Nourishing Neighbors Grant from Albertsons/Vons Foundation

By Nancy Preciado
Communications Coordinator
11/23/2022 at 03:24 PM

Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) received a $128,288 grant from Albertsons/Vons Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbor Program. The grant was provided from funds donated by generous customers at checkout in September and will be used to ensure every child in the Inland Empire gets access to a healthy breakfast.

“We’re excited to partner with Albertsons/Vons to help our community’s children start their day with a nutritious breakfast so they can succeed in school,” said Carolyn Solar, CEO of FARSB. “Together with Albertsons/Vons, we’ll continue to tackle the ongoing food insecurity issues in our community.”

FARSB is the leading hunger relief and food rescue organization serving the Inland Empire region. Thanks, through a partnership with over 250 local nonprofits. The food bank operates multiple nutrition programs and works to create a hunger-free reality for children, seniors, veterans, and neighbors in need. All the donations made at these select stores helped reduce child hunger in our community. 

“We’re pleased to partner with FARSB to address hunger issues in our community,” said Kevin Curry, Southern California Division President. “Nourishing Neighbors, together with partners like FARSB, are making our neighborhoods better for our most vulnerable community members.”

Nourishing Neighbors is a charitable program of Albertsons/Vons Foundation. The program aims to eradicate childhood hunger in America by keeping food banks stocked and supporting meal distribution programs at schools. In 2020, Nourishing Neighbors enabled 350 million meals, invested $10.4 million in schools to feed children, and provided $9 million towards empowering BIPOC communities through hunger programs.

Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) is leading the fight against hunger in the Inland Empire by providing food access, emergency relief, education, and advocacy to families in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. FARSB opened in 1980 as Survive Food Bank in response to the increasing concern about the dual problems of hunger and food waste in the Inland Empire. Today, FARSB is the primary food source for over 250 local nonprofit organizations, distributing over two million pounds of food monthly to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, high-need elementary schools, senior centers, after-school programs, and more. With the help of these community partners, they make up the largest hunger-relief organization serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, ultimately making food security a reality for over 1.2 million people every year. Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino proudly holds the 2022 Guide Star Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of transparency achievable through Guide Star. For more information, visit www.FeedingIE.org.

Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer in the United States. As of February 26, 2022, the Company operated 2,276 retail stores with 1,722 pharmacies, 402 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers, and 20 manufacturing facilities. The Company operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia with 24 banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci's Food Lovers Market. The Company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2021, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company contributed nearly $200 million in food and financial support, including approximately $40 million through our Nourishing Neighbors Program to ensure those living in our communities have enough to eat.

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