We are fortunate to have an amazing community partner like Safeway and Safeway Foundation which supports causes that impact their customers' lives. Their stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in neighborhoods through their employees' passion, partnerships with vendors, and the generous contributions by their customers.
Here are a few examples of how Safeway has been able to support the efforts and programs of The Hope Heart Institute.
Family Health & Fitness Nights
The Hope Heart Institute and Molina Healthcare partner with local schools and community organizations to offer nine Family Health & Fitness Nights around the state of Washington over the course of a school year! Our goal is to promote healthy eating and physical activity while building heart disease awareness. Safeway has made this possible with funding that will provide these events with healthy snack stations and resources to teach families how to eat healthy on a budget and improve daily eating habits.
Safeway will be partnering with us for two different outreach events this summer- Ethnic Fest and Othello International Music and Arts Festival. These events will allow us to educate families about healthy snacks and how to substitute foods to make meals healthier. At each of these events, Safeway will provide samples of hummus, carrots, and a healthy beverage.
Safeway is also providing funding for 24 nutrition presentations which will be led by local dietitians. The presentations will be provided for a variety of organization and community groups, and will focus on how various aspects of nutrition affect heart health, as well as give tips on how to improve our diets.
Finally, Safeway has partnered with Colby Red Wine and is currently selling their wine in Washington stores. A portion of all Colby Red wines bought through Safeway are being donated to The Hope Heart Institute. In addition to these donations, Safeway is also offering wine tastings and education on wine as it relates to your heart health.
“Eating Healthy on a Budget” Store Tours
We often have organizations reach out to The Hope Heart Institute asking for support in basic education on how to successfully navigate a grocery store and end up with affordable nutritious food for families. The Hope Heart Institute partners with Safeway to lead 30 minute store tours that focuses on saving money and how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Key messages presented in these tours are unit pricing, cost of products based on store brands vs national brands, and the benefits of using your club card and coupon clipping. Tours also focus on reading nutrition labels and FDA guidelines to identify the sodium, sugar and fat content in foods. Some groups require a bilingual presenter and with advance notice, The Hope Heart institute is happy to accommodate most requests.
We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Safeway and look forward to continued collaborations in 2015!