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Laguna Food Pantry receives $1,000 grant from the charitable program Hunger Is to fight childhood hunger

The Laguna Food Pantry has received a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is to help solve childhood hunger. The Laguna Food Pantry was nominated by the managers of the Vons Pavilions store in Boat Canyon, and this grant was made possible by its customers who contributed generously during a month-long in-store fundraiser this spring.  Hunger Is, the joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) featuring Academy Award®-nominated actress and Hunger Is Ambassador Viola Davis, raised more than $4.6 million to eradicate childhood hunger from shoppers throughout the 1,300 Safeway family of stores across the U.S., as well as online contributions.

Through local grants, Hunger Is allowed the local store to identify an organization to receive the grant to help make a difference in its own community. The $1,000 Hunger Is grant will go toward feeding children in the local community living in households that struggle to provide sufficient and healthful meals, including supporting daily breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can improve a child’s attention span during school and lead to an increase in standardized test scores. Three out of five elementary and middles schoolteachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry, a statistic Hunger Is seeks to end.

“It’s a great honor to receive this Hunger Is grant and the recognition of the Pavilions managers for our work,” said Andy Siegenfeld, president of the Pantry’s board of directors. “Making sure the children in our community have the necessities to succeed is so important and this grant will make a difference. We thank everyone who paused in their shopping routine to feed their families to think about the children in need in our community.”

Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America.  Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes.  

Through the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC), Hunger Is works together with the leading hunger organizations including Drexel University, Center for Hunger-Free Communities; Feeding America; Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); New York City Coalition Against Hunger; Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign; and WhyHunger. The HIAC provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Safeway Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.

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