Wild Iris Receives $1,000 Grant from “Hunger Is” to Fight Childhood Hunger

Wild Iris Family Counseling & Crisis Center (Wild Iris) has received a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is to help solve childhood hunger. Wild Iris was nominated by the managers of the Bishop Vons store, and this grant was made possible by their 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 1,300 Safeway family of stores across the U.S., as well as online contributions.
Through local grants, Hunger Is allowed the local stores to identify an organization to receive the grant to help make a difference in their own community. The $1,000 Hunger Is grant will go towards feeding children in the local community living in households that struggle to provide sufficient and healthy 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 school teachers 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 Bishop Vons store managers for our work,” said Lisa Reel, Wild Iris Executive Director. “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.”
To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger and to donate to the cause, visit HungerIs.org.
About Hunger Is
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.

For more information, visit www.HungerIs.org.
About The Safeway Foundation
Founded in 2001, The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Safeway stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors.. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have invested $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about The Safeway Foundation, visit www.safewayfoundation.org.