Albertsons Companies and Uber Partner to Deliver Surplus Food to Neighbors in Need – Company Announcement

New food rescue initiative fights food insecurity and reduces food waste

Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI) and Uber TechnologiesInc. (NYSE: UBER) today announced an ambitious food rescue initiative as part of the White House Challenge 2024 to end hunger and build healthy communities. The program, which was tested last year in the Washington, DC area, used Uber Direct, Uber’s white-label delivery solution, to create a reliable delivery program from which surplus food can be donated Albertsons Cos. stores to local nonprofits and food banks. Building on the success of the initiative in Washington, DCthe food rescue program has now been expanded to Boston, Chicago And Denver to reduce food waste and combat food insecurity in these local communities.

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The new initiative uses Uber Direct to create a reliable delivery program to donate excess food from Albertsons Companies stores to local nonprofits and food banks.  Photo courtesy: Uber

The new initiative takes advantage of Uber Directly to establish a reliable delivery program from which surplus food can be donated Albertsons Companies stores to local nonprofits and food banks. Photo courtesy of: Uber

“At Albertsons Cos. we strive to make a real difference in the communities we serve and the planet we share,” said Susanne LangChief Sustainability and Transformation Officer at Albertsons Cos. “We are happy to work with you Uber to streamline the delivery of surplus food to our food recovery partner organizations so that food donated from our stores gets to those who need it most. Together we can reduce food waste and feed our neighbors in need.”

The food rescue program has been expanded to select Star Market stores in Boston, Jewel Osco shops Chicago and Safeway stores in the Denver area. Albertsons Cos. stores will deliver food donations via Uber Direct’s network of delivery drivers, who collect and deliver food to local nonprofits and food banks, among others Great Boston Food Bank in BostonSt. Cletus Food pantry inside Chicago And Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver.

“After a successful pilot in the Washington, DC region, we are pleased to continue using our technology to improve the lives of community members in the region Boston, Chicago and Denver,” said Julia PaigeHead of Global Social Impact at Uber. “No individual or family should ever go hungry, and we are proud to work with partners like Albertsons Cos. to help provide access to nutritious food.”

In Washington, DC and the surrounding region, more than 1.2 million people* are food insecure. Since the food rescue initiative of Albertsons Cos. And Uber Launched last year, more than 100 food donations have been delivered to DC area nonprofits including The Father McKenna Center, House of Mercy and Study Café.

“This program has been a tremendous boon to our community as we provide essential food assistance to more than 100 households each week through our food pantry,” said Emily Dold, Food Pantry Manager at The Father McKenna Center. “Our dedicated food pantry team, although small, have a variety of responsibilities throughout the day, which sometimes means they are unable to quickly collect donations from supermarkets. We are so grateful for our partnership with Albertsons Cos. And Uber. The donated food brings joy. It brings relief. It nourishes and heals. We have been able to provide better food options to our customers.”

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*Facts about hunger in Washington, DC

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer in the United States. From February 24, 2024the company operated 2,269 stores with 1,725 ​​pharmacies, 402 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers and 19 manufacturing facilities. The company operates stores in 34 states and the United States District of Columbia under more than 20 household names, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel OscoShaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings food markets and Balducci’s Food Lovers Market. The company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2023, together with the Albertsons Companies Foundationthe company has contributed more than $350 million in food and financial support, including more than $35 million through our Nourishing Neighbors Program to ensure those living in our communities and those affected by disasters have enough to eat.

About Uber

Uber‘s mission is to create opportunities through movement. We started in 2010 by solving a simple problem: how do you access a ride at the touch of a button? More than 49 billion trips later, we build products to bring people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens the world to new possibilities.

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