WASHINGTON, DC — September 19, 2001 — The Nation’s supermarkets continue their aid efforts in the wake of last week’s tragedies, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).

Additional contributions since our last release of September 14 include:

  • Albertson's, Inc., Boise, ID and the American Red Cross have joined forces to support disaster relief efforts for those affected by the terrorist attacks, including in-store fundraising and blood drives. The fundraising program will run for at least four weeks at all Albertson’s, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Seessel’s by Albertson’s, Super Saver Food, Max Foods, Osco Drug or Sav-on Drugs stores. The company has pledged to match all funds raised up to $50,000. All money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. Also, at the Dover Downs race this weekend, Albertson's #57 care will sport the American Red Cross logo and 1-800 number in hopes of generating further awareness.

  • D’Agostino Supermarkets, Inc., Larchmont, NY, have donated as much as 500 pounds of fresh meat products every day to various shelters and to food relief workers, and have donated countless pounds of fresh produce and canned goods. In addition, D’Agostino’s has initiated a round-up donation program at each checkout stand (for example, rounding up to the nearest dime or dollar) with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. In two days, they raised $19,000.

  • Dorothy Lane Market, Inc., Dayton, OH, has also launched a program for customers to donate to the Red Cross at checkouts. 100% of funds will go to the Red Cross and customers will also get credit for their donation as "spending" in our Club DLM program (thus enabling them to receive better discounts).

  • Felpausch Foods, Hastings, MI, has set up a fund for customers to donate directly to the American Red Cross at the check out lanes. They have also been selling red, white and blue ribbons to associates, family, friends and customers to raise donations and they are providing food and drinks and publicity for the local Red Cross Blood Drives.

  • Food Lion Inc., Salisbury, NC, Food Lion has supplied truckloads of food to volunteer and emergency personnel at disaster locations as well as assisting the Red Cross with blood drives. They are also providing snacks and beverages to blood donors and acting as a collection point for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Additionally, they have teamed with Coinstar to accept large donations of change and process them as a donation to the Red Cross.

  • Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines, IA, corporate is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross in addition to collecting contributions from customers in their stores. The corporate gift is specifically earmarked for aid efforts in New York and Washington, DC.

  • Lunds/Byerly’s, Minneapolis, MN, is collecting donations from their employees as part of the September 11 Fund. This fund has been established and is coordinated by the United Way Organization. 100% of the donations go to the relief efforts. Lund Food Holdings will match dollar for dollar the personal contributions raised by employees. This effort will be in effect until Friday the 21st.

  • Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto,CA, used their register systems by assigning a PLU# and posting a color flyer at every checkout. Customers and employees can donate any amount during their grocery purchase and their receipt tape will read the dollar amount donated plus read Red Cross Donation. This eliminates the transfer of money from a third storage container.

  • Schnuck Markets, Inc., St. Louis, MO, have initiated the “Scan and Give” campaign that uses $2, $5 and $10 tear-off donation vouchers which customers can have scanned and applied to their grocery totals and non-taxable transactions. Each tax-deductible donation will be reflected on the regular receipt. The company is also helping local relief efforts through donations of food and beverages for blood drives.

  • Spartan Stores, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, starting this past weekend, the familiar red kettles associated with The Salvation Army will be outside their Family Fare, Prevo's, Glen's, Ashcraft's and Great Day stores in West and North Michigan. Cash donations will be accepted and donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to relief efforts in those cities. In addition, Spartan Stores will make a cash donation of $15,000 on behalf of the company and their associates to the disaster relief effort.

  • Thrifty Foods in Victoria, BC is providing customers handmade "corsages" with red, white and blue floral ribbons.

  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR, is sponsoring a company-wide fundraising effort called "Together We Stand," in which each Wal-Mart store, Supercenter, Neighborhood Market, SAM'S Club and distribution center is serving as a community collection point for financial donations. All donations are being given to the American Red Cross and other national relief organizations, as well as to victims and their families. Wal-Mart associates and customers have already raised over $3.3 million in addition to the $5.3 million provided by the Wal-Mart Foundation.

For the latest information on rescue and relief efforts, please visit the websites of the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org), the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmy.org), United Way of New York (www.uwnyc.org), Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.fema.gov) and America’s Second Harvest (www.secondharvest.org).