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2013-12-10 at 16:59

Grocery chain makes giving easier

By Matt Vis,
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A grocery store chain is making it easier for customers to donate to local food banks.

Thunder Bay’s three Safeway grocery store locations are selling care packages throughout the month in support of the Regional Food Distribution Association.

There are two different types of packs available, one for $5 and a larger one for $10.

“What Safeway has done has combined some of the most needy foods into a convenient care pack and they’re at the end of every one of our checkstands. It’s a very easy thing to give,” said Cindy Normand, store manager of the Court Street location on Tuesday.

Included in the packages are items rich in carbohydrates and protein, such as beans, pasta and canned vegetables.

Brendan Carlin, the administrative and volunteer coordinator for the RFDA, said the initiative is helping the organization meet their targets with other donations being down.

“Anything that makes it simpler for us we certainly love,” Carlin said.

“Often the need is greater at (holiday) time. We think we’re doing okay, but programs like these are definitely helping.”

The company is offering five bonus Air Miles for the basic package and 10 bonus Air Miles for the larger offering to help drive the initiative.

Normand said the drive has been well-received by customers, who appreciate the ease and convenience of the donations already prepared.

The stores accept donations in support of the RFDA throughout the year with daily pickups.

“We sell food, we’re in the food business and we see the need,” Normand said. “For us, it means we’re taking a big part in the community we serve. A lot of these folks are our customers that are very needy and it sets the tone for the festive season.”

The two organizations will be partnering again this weekend at the Arthur Street Safeway location for a Stuff A Cruiser event.

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nvjgu says:
No, no more donating since I witnessed a person receving these donations by entering the kitchen on Red River Rd then later on in the day say the same person enter the casino and blew $150 at the tables playing black jack and later out side had the gawl to ask me for change for the bus.
12/10/2013 6:51:51 PM
virtualrealityczech says: what you're really saying is you're a stalker?
12/10/2013 8:31:07 PM
tsb says:
So that one individual has led you to ignore all other people in need?

12/10/2013 8:34:10 PM
advocate says:
You are right. We should not help the many that need it because of the few who abuse it. You are sure showing the starving and cold a lesson!!!

Don't worry, I will continue to try to do my best to help these people.
12/10/2013 10:18:46 PM
Idontknowitall says:
Great idea, Safeway! It would be nice to see the other chains do something similar. This is not (or shouldn't be) about competition. I'm not usually a Safeway shopper, but I will make a point of stopping by this week.
12/10/2013 9:04:43 PM
countrychick says:
*nvjgu..... don't paint all with the same brush yes there are some bad apples out there but there are also lots that really need a hand this time of year and will really appreciate it as well...
12/10/2013 9:38:46 PM
dockboy says:
I think this is really going to be successful. This will be a trend setter and alot of organizations will follow suit.
12/11/2013 11:17:26 AM
Luxe says:
This is a great organization. I was there last night helping stuff 400 hampers, and that was the halfway mark. "nvjgu" This facility is located on Syndicate Avenue, not Red River Road. I think you may be confused and spreading misinformation. It's a dangerous thing to do.
12/11/2013 12:17:34 PM
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