Safeway Foundation grant presentation to Community Food Bank of San Benito County

Holding check (L-R): Ignacio Velazquez, Mayor of Hollister; Scott Kindred, Director of Communications, Community FoodBank; Auggie Pratti, Store Director, Safeway. Pictured at far right: Victor Alarcon, Warehouse Supervisor, Community FoodBank.

Safeway hosted a re-grand opening celebration in honor of the Hollister store remodel on Wednesday, January, 8, 2020 and Community FoodBank of San Benito was selected as the charity of choice to receive a $3,000 donation during the festivities. A brief program took place at the store, including remarks from Safeway management, a ribbon cutting ceremony and check presentation from the Safeway Foundation.

We received this message a few days prior to the grand re-opening ceremony of the Safeway store on Tres Pinos Road, and we couldn’t be happier about the healthy relationship we enjoy with our local store:

It is with great pleasure that we approve your grant request for $3,000.00 towards the Community Food Bank of San Benito County. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate and look forward to your continued progress and to hearing about the success stories of those who benefit from your commitment to helping others. -Wendy Gutshall, Director, Public and Government Affairs

On the morning of the grand re-opening, we had the privilege of joining the celebration – set up right next to the floral department – with lots of flowers and balloons were on hand. After the Mayor of Hollister spoke to the crowd, along with the store manager, Auggie Pratti, and a number of other people from Safeway’s corporate offices, we were given the opportunity to say a few words. Our message was simply that we were thankful for Safeway’s support each and every day (they are a major partner in our local food supply chain) and that the $3,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation was going to be very helpful in continuing the work of Community FoodBank’s outreach; the Student Snack Bag program and supplemental groceries for our neighbors who are homebound, among that work.

Being a longtime supermarket chain that carries brand-name & house-label groceries, plus a deli and bakery goods, the Safeway store on Tres Pinos Road is a familiar favorite to many Hollister residents. It has that familiar feeling of being located just where a grocery store should be… and we suppose that could have something do do with the fact that is was local favorite, K&S Market, before being occupied by Safeway in the early 1990s.

These days, that familiar feeling combined with a shiny new remodel and a desire to give back to the community makes Safeway a partner we are thankful for.

Safeway Hollister store grand re-opening celebration

Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.


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