NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48 and Safeway Raise Over $ 4 Million for 12th Annual Nourishing Neighbors Holiday Food Drive – NBC Bay Area

SAN JOSE, CA – (January 5, 2022) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV, Telemundo 48 Área de la Bahía / KSTS and Safeway today announced that more than $ 4.3 million has been raised to fight hunger in its 2021 Nourishing neighbors holiday food drive campaign. The donation, equivalent to more than 8.6 million meals, will benefit Bay Area Food Banks – a collaboration of seven food banks serving 11 counties in northern California, which each month serve more than 840,000 Bay Area residents.

The 12e annualNourishing neighbors The campaign, a month-long initiative dedicated to helping food-insecure Bay Area communities, took place at 161 Safeway locations in northern California from November 20 to December 25, 2021.

“As our community continues to suffer the effects of the pandemic and the economic hardships it has created, it is essential to support the Bay Area food banks and our food insecure neighbors,” said said Stacy Owen, President and CEO of NBC Bay. Area and Telemundo 48. “We are deeply honored and privileged to do our part to help those in need. We appreciate our generous viewers, Safeway and its buyers, as well as our local food banks for helping meet the growing demand for food aid in our community.

“We are grateful to our generous customers who have joined us to fight hunger in the community,” said Karl Schroeder, president of the Safeway Northern California division. “Nourishing neighbors, working with NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48 and our dedicated associates, help keep local food banks stocked and support meal distribution programs in Bay Area neighborhoods.

Throughout the 2021 campaign, Safeway buyers generously made contributions of $ 10 by simply removing a Nourishing neighbors leaflet of tear pads located at the cash desks and offered. Last year the Nourishing neighbors The food drive raised more than $ 3 million, or more than six million meals for those in need.

“With the lingering effects of the pandemic, Bay Area food banks estimate that we are still serving 1 million local residents,” said Regi Young, executive director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank. “We not only expect to be in response and recovery mode for years to come, but requirements are unlikely to ever drop below pre-pandemic levels. Partnerships like Nourishing neighbors are critical to the ability of all local food banks to keep our shelves well stocked and to ensure communities know both how to help and how to receive help when needed. We are very grateful to Safeway, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 for their efforts – and to everyone who participated in this holiday season.

For more information on Nourishing neighbors, visit NBCBayArea.com’s Nourishing Neighbors page and the Safeway Foundation.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous and in-depth journalism with unique personalities. In addition to airing NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late-night programs, NBC Bay Area produces over 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be viewed locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and live on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers comprehensive programming of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, blockbuster films and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and live on 11.3.

About Telemundo Telemundo 48 / KSTS

Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish speaking community in the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of journalists, delivering the most recent local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoAreadelaBahia.com and via mobile and social networks.

About Safeway

Safeway is one of the most recognized retail grocery brands with a long-standing reputation for quality and service, proudly serving Northern California since 1926. Today, the company operates more than 280 stores in northern California, Nevada and Hawaii, under four banners. , including Andronico’s, Safeway, Pak N ‘Save and Vons. In 2020, the Safeway Northern California division donated more than $ 30 million in food and financial support to charities in the communities it serves. Safeway Northern California is a division of Albertsons Companies.

About the Bay Area Food Banks

Bay Area Food Banks is a collaboration of local food banks serving counties in northern California. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, BAFB collectively served 840,000 adults, seniors and children each month in nearly 1,600 pantries, children’s programs, shelters, soup kitchens, residential programs and other emergency food providers . Learn more about www.bayareahunger.org.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

NBC Bay Area & Telemundo 48 – Jay dela Cruz & Liza Catalan

415-760-0476 jay.delacruz@nbcuni.com

408-234-9540 liza.catalan@nbcuni.com

Safeway – Wendy Gutshall

925-467-3523 wendy.gutshall@safeway.com

Second harvest of Silicon Valley Diane hayward

408-921-4611 dbakerhayward@shfb.org

Redwood Empire Food Bank Rachelle Mesheau

707-523-7900 ext 113 rmesheau@refb.org

Napa Valley Food Bank – Shirley King

707-363-1471 sking@can-v.org

San Francisco Food Bank / Marin – Pamela Wellner

415.730.0105 pwellner@sfmfoodbank.org

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – Cassidie ​​Bates

925-334-2766 cbates@foodbankccs.org

Alameda County Community Food Banks – Michael Altfest

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