Safeway launches fund drive for Japan disaster relief

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Safeway Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Safeway Inc. is launching a statewide initiative to raise money for the people of Japan who are suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11.

Safeway stores throughout the islands will begin collecting donations at all check out stands beginning Friday. Customers may donate by check, credit card or cash.

In addition, the Safeway Foundation will make a contribution of $100,000 and will provide a 1-1 match to all employee donations.

Contributions will go through the Safeway Foundation and then directly to relief organizations.

"After a disaster of this magnitude, we feel the people of Japan are just as much our family as our neighbors down the street. This is a time when they desperately need our support," said George Glukfeld, Safeway district manager.

The Safeway Foundation focuses its philanthropic efforts on a number of causes such as hunger relief, education, health and human services, and people with special needs.

The foundation is able to support these causes thanks to the generous contributions of Safeway employees and customers.

Over the years Safeway has raised funds in support of the victims of such events as the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, the catastrophic 2005 South Asia tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the earthquake in Haiti.