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Nov 21, 2011 4:08 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Safeway drive aims to fight hunger in Montana

BELLEVUE, WA- Safeway has once again launched its Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive in Montana and Idaho to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks.

The company is joining with Kraft Foods, customers, and local food bank partners to collect food donations at all Safeway stores from through December 24th.

"Assisting people who need help during the holidays and throughout the year is a Safeway priority," said Greg Sparks, President, Safeway Seattle Division. "This campaign provides an opportunity for us to help make a brighter holiday for countless families."

A specially produced shopping bag filled with the items the food banks need the most will be available for $10 at all Safeway stores. The bag includes:Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Tuna, Kraft Nabisco Premium Crackers, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Pantry Essentials Canned Vegetables, Safeway Spaghetti or Macaroni, Safeway Long Grain Rice, Safeway Stuffing and Safeway Cranberry Sauce

Kraft Foods will also provide a special holiday gift of a $400,000 grant to several food banks in each of Safeway's U.S. operating divisions.

According to the new "Household Food Security in the United States" report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1 in 5 children in the U.S. are at risk of hunger. The report also found that nearly 49 million Americans are food insecure.

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