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News Release
Safeway and PPB Sunshine Division Team Up to Stuff the Truck with Summer Food for Families (Photo) - 06/11/19

***This release is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division.****

Media is invited to attend the June 12th from 12:00pm -- 1:00pm at the West Linn Safeway store located at 22000 Salamo Road.Media contacts:

For Sunshine Division: Kyle Camberg, Executive Director
Cell: 503.577.6852 or Email: kyle@sunshinedivision.org

For Safeway: Jill McGinnis, Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Direct: 971-533-4774 or Email: Jill.mcginnis@safeway.com

The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division and Portland-metro Safeway stores are teaming up the month of June to "Stuff the Truck" with $5 and $10 summer hunger bags available at registers in support of Sunshine Division's summer food assistance programs. Select Safeway stores, including the West Linn store located at 22000 Salamo Road, will host community "Stuff the Truck" events from 11am -- 6pm to encourage customers to purchase summer hunger bags in response to increased childhood hunger issues when school is out and free and reduced meal programs are scarce.

We encourage media and the community to participate in this week's event on June 12th at the West Linn store. Other community partners and businesses will be onsite to give out free samples and help support the event.

The $5 and $10 summer hunger bags include core nonperishable food items such as pasta, peanut butter, tuna, and rice, all staples for Sunshine Division's food pantries and food box programs. Donors will receive a coupon for free ice cream.

The Summer Hunger Bag promotion is the second major food initiative partnership of the summer, following a generously funded Hunger Is grant, a charitable program of Safeway Foundation, designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. The recent $165,000 Hunger Is grant will fund approximately 30,000 pounds of food for the summer food boxes and, as part of a larger programmatic summer food insecurity initiative, provide healthy breakfast options at the Sunshine Division's two pantries throughout the summer months.

"Our partnership with Sunshine Division allows us to address local need and give back right here in Portland. So many kids face summer hunger locally -- we hope the community can join us Wednesday and help us put an end to it. Let's Bag Summer Hunger!" Jill McGinnis, Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

About the Sunshine Division:
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 96-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their N. Thompson warehouse, five days a week at their SE Stark location, as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched on demand. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently-used clothing to those in need.

About Safeway Foundation
Founded in 2001, Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers' lives. Albertsons Companies stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees' passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Albertsons Companies and Safeway Foundation have invested $2 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about Safeway Foundation, visit http://safewayfoundation.org/

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