The Schools’ Out, Hunger’s Not Summer Food Drive targets children living in poverty that stop receiving free meals at school when school is out for summer and often face hunger at home. In many cases, families are forced to rely on the food bank to feed their children over the summer months.
“Hormel Foods is proud to partner with Albertsons and Vons to support hunger-relief efforts in the communities served by Albertsons and Vons stores,” said Aly Sill, brand manager at Hormel Foods. “The SKIPPY® hunger program highlights our long-standing relationship with Albertsons and Vons, and we are honored to work together and make a contribution for those in need.”
“We are very excited to work with Hormel Foods and the SKIPPY® brand to donate almost 25,000 jars of peanut butter to address the problem of child hunger over the summer months in the San Diego area,” said Shane Dorcheus, President of Albertsons Companies’ Southern California Division, which operates Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions stores throughout the region. “We hope this donation will help make the summer a little more enjoyable for individuals and families in need.”
“We are humbled and so incredibly grateful to the SKIPPY® brand and Albertsons and Vons for donating nearly 25,000 jars of peanut butter to support our School’s Out, Hunger’s Not Summer Food Drive,” said James Floros, president and CEO at San Diego Food Bank. “This amazing donation will be a huge support for the Food Bank to boost our food supply as we provide vital hunger-relief services to local children and families in need. Peanut butter is gold in the food banking world because it is a remarkable source of protein for the children we serve. It is shelf stable and one jar can provide more than 12 sandwiches. On behalf of the Food Bank’s staff and family of volunteers, we extend our gratitude to the SKIPPY® brand and Albertsons for helping us feed children in need this summer.”
The makers of the SKIPPY® peanut butter created the hunger program this year. The program involves a partnership between Hormel Foods and grocery retailers across the country, and is part of the company’s philanthropic efforts that focus on hunger and education. In fact, in 2016, Hormel Foods donated $10.9 million in cash and product donations.
The donation was announced at the San Diego Food Bank’s Day to Donate LIVE Drive, hosted by Albertsons and Vons at the Murphy Canyon Vons location in San Diego.