Safeway’s summer food drive underway |

Safeway’s summer food drive underway

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

Beginning last week, 140 Safeway stores throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and South Dakota and Nebraska launched a food drive to help feed the hungry during the summer months. The stores, including the Frisco location, are offering specially produced grocery bags for $10 to make donating easier for shoppers and ensure food banks receive items they need.

While most locations are donating to the Salvation Army, the Frisco store is sending all goods to the Dillon Community Church Food Bank. Grocery bags contain tuna, peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese and instant mashed potatoes.

“I just picked up a few sacks of stuff from them yesterday,” said Mike Kermode, director of the Dillon food bank. “(The bags contain) basic staples that would probably feed a small family for a few days. It’s a great donation, and we’re very appreciative of them.”

The pre-produced bags can be found at the entrance of every Safeway store. A shopper simply adds the bag to their cart of groceries and pays the $10 fee at checkout before dropping the bag in the marked bins.

Kris Staaf, Safeway’s director of public affairs, said a similar drive last winter was so successful and so popular with customers, the company decided to run another one during the summer months.

“In the summer, there’s a real need with kids being out of school,” she said. “We hope customers will help us end hunger by purchasing the items most needed by our food banks. Every bag, every can and every dollar does count.”

Statistics show demand for food from local food banks has increased by 45 percent since 2008. In the Rocky Mountain Region, one in eight people struggle with hunger and more than 40 percent of those seeking food come from a household with at least one working adult.

Kermode said donations help to keep the food bank full and operating. Residents who utilize the food bank at the church include those who have lost jobs, experienced unexpected situations which have depleted their savings, or starting life over from an abusive situation.

“We are proud to be partnering with our area food banks on this community-wide collection effort,” Staaf said.

The program runs through July 24.

The Dillon Community Church Food Bank is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., and Fridays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. For more information about the bank, call the church office at (970) 468-2461.

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