Grocer ends signature charitable-giving program but commitment to community remains
Modesto, Calif.- Today, The Save Mart Companies announced a new approach to the company’s community involvement by ending their signature charitable-giving program, Shares powered by eScrip programs, but commitment to the community remains through expanded community programs.
Serving our communities has always meant more than providing fresh food and high-quality services for our shoppers. Investing in our schools, safety net programs, local events and community services is what it means to be part of each community and that commitment will not change. February 25, 2019, will be the last day to earn money through our Shares powered by eScrip program.
While this longstanding program has allowed us to spread money to many community-based programs, this year The Save Mart Companies has decided to focus directly on the relationship between our stores and their immediate community. To that end, our stores have expanded their involvement in your community in these areas:
- Community Sports programs that sponsor neighborhood school and recreational teams and provide them with weekly snacks throughout the season
- Adopt-a-School programs to support school events, recognize high performing teachers, support school libraries and encourage healthy eating through school field trips
- Agricultural Education through support of Future Farmers of America and 4H programs
- Community Donations—our stores donate product or gift cards to support local school and community events
For more information about how to get involved with our new programs, stop by any store to speak with your local Store Manager. Information can also be found on our website at https://www.thesavemartcompanies.com/social-responsibility/charitable-giving/.
As always, our support of local Feeding America food banks will continue through our Fresh Rescue program and our twice annual, in-store giving campaigns. Also, The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation will continue to give over a quarter of a million dollars annually to community, arts, recreation, education and sports programs throughout our operating area. For more information on the C.A.R.E.S. Foundation please visit https://www.thesavemartcompanies.com/social-responsibility/charitable-giving/cares/.
The Save Mart Companies is thankful for the generous support of so many that participated in our Shares powered by eScrip program and we look forward to supporting our community in these new ways.
For media inquiries, please contact, Victoria Castro at 209.985.4229.
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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies, the parent company of Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx, is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs more than 14,000 team members and operates 208 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company, please visit: www.TheSaveMartCompanies.com.