Hunger Is was launched in 2014 with the goal of eradicating childhood hunger. In 2017, the campaign was further honed to focus on breakfast programs and ensure that each child has a healthy meal to start the day. To date, Hunger Is has raised $30.2 million, including $5.5 million in 2017 and $7.2 million in 2018, funded 77 million breakfasts and touched the lives of 200,000 kids through the work of 281 nonprofit grant recipients. Each year Albertsons Companies stores undertake a month-long Hunger Is campaign in which stores raise funds for a hunger relief organization in their areas. Customers donate through the pin pad or give cash donations at checkout. The organizations complete a grant application before the campaign, which allows every store to adopt one or two organizations as recipients of their funds. To provide transparency and clarity and show customers that the funds are going to a reputable local charity, stores display Point of Sale signs with the name of their recipient organization. The impact of each grant and the overall program is measured through our partnership with Mission Measurement. We ask all organizations to fill out a survey in lieu of their interim report. This survey provides data on the organization’s core competency and a benchmark on their “Impact on Investment,” i.e. a cost per outcome. Additionally, we were able to gather data on the need in the organization’s area of operation and determine how well the organization is doing on filling that need.
Albertsons Companies Foundation founded Hunger Is in 2014 with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). In 2017, Albertsons Companies Foundation took sole management of the initiative. At all times, 99 percent of the fundraising has happened in Albertsons Companies stores — Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, ACME Markets, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Star Market, and other banners. Albertsons Companies Foundation develops and distributes store materials, including in-store POS materials, pre-recorded in-store audio programming, etc., manages accounting and works directly with a committee of industry experts on awarding grants. To help the grantee organizations garner support, the Foundation provides a Communications Tool Kit containing a press release template, sample social media posts, newsletter message template and other communications urging supporters to go to their local Albertsons/Safeway/Vons/etc. store and donate to their organization’s breakfast program. Once results are known, stores post a sign Thank You sign with the fundraising results.
In 2017 Alone:
1. Raised $5.5 million, which was re-invested directly in geographically aligned local nonprofit organizations that provide breakfast both in and outside of school.
2. Provided 50 million breakfasts to kids in need
3. Hunger Is Public Service Announcement received more than $40.5 million in donated ad space with a reach of more than 1.2 billion impressions. The television and radio ads ran in key markets for the local stores. The print ads were also targeted, but also ran in over 180 outlets such as AdWeek, People, Ebony, OK!, Bon Appetit, and WSJ Magazine.
4.Through multiple press releases and announcements distributed on both regional and national levels throughout the year, Hunger Is garnered nearly 460 million earned media impressions.
5. The “$30K in 30 Days,” a social media blitz in the midst of the fundraiser that highlighted 30 recipient organizations, garnered more than 15 million impressions. Approximately 450 customers shared over 775 posts about the campaign, and nearly 100 of the organizations who benefited from the initiative shared a total of 361 posts.
6. Won two Silver level Halo Awards, North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing. The awards, giving by Engage for Good, were in the Best Point of Sale Campaign and Best Social Service Campaign categories. From inception thru 2018 campaign
7. Raised $30.2 million
8. Funded 77 million breakfasts
9. Supported 280 organizations
In 2017 Alone:
We’re a supermarket company, so hunger relief is part of who we are. We’re proud that, through Hunger Is, we can fight childhood hunger coast to coast. The donations help us Make Every Day a Better Day in the communities we serve. We credit the success of Hunger Is to three groups of dedicated people: Our customers, who give selflessly and generously to make sure that the children in their communities get a healthy breakfast each day. Our employees, who tirelessly work to promote Hunger Is in our stores and support hunger relief programs in their hometowns and neighborhoods. Our partner organizations, whose vital nutrition programs help kids focus on school and life, not where their next meal will come from.---- Jim Donald, President and CEO, Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation get it. They don’t just say, with urgency, that they want to fight childhood hunger; they are putting these words into action by developing and executing a great fundraiser each year, and by going through the process of identifying and funding nonprofits around the country that have the greatest impact. When a customer gives to Hunger Is at an Albertsons, Safeway or other store in the Albertsons Companies family of stores, they know that their money will translate into as many good breakfasts as possible – at school, in child care, in summer programs, and at home -- for children in their local area. The initiative is accountable to their communities because Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation report out the results of each program they support. We at FRAC are proud to work with Albertsons and are hugely impressed with Hunger Is. ---- James D. Weill, President, Food Research & Action Center