Smart & Final, the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store for household and business customers, announces an in-store campaign to support the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation. The fundraiser will benefit thousands of local organizations in California, Arizona and Nevada that support the Foundation’s five pillars of focus: Health & Wellness, Education, Hunger Relief, Team Sports & Youth Development, and Disaster Relief. Customers can donate at any of Smart & Final’s 254 locations, with 100% of the funds to be distributed by the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation to nonprofits in local communities. Customers will be able to take advantage of the popular “Give $5, Save $5” program that provides customers who donate at least $5 with a $5 off $25 coupon good for their next in-store purchase at any Smart & Final location from March 17 – 23.
“The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation has worked tirelessly to support the needs of our communities and the nonprofits that serve them during an incredibly challenging year,” said Tinamarie Squieri, Manager, Smart & Final Charitable Foundation. “Our team has worked passionately to support the needs of our longtime partner organizations during this time. We are very proud of the generosity of our associates and customers who supported our record-breaking fundraising initiatives in support of this time of unprecedented need.”
The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation has achieved unmatched donation campaigns during the pandemic. An in-store fundraiser for Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, raised $577,000, and a similar campaign for the City of Hope Kids for Hope program, which funds research and treatment of childhood cancers, raised $500,000. Additionally, the 10th annual KFI PastaThon resulted in a 78% increase in donations to Caterina’s Club, which feeds 25,000 at-risk children every week.
In addition, early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Smart & Final and its Foundation created Project Feed First Responders, an award-winning initiative to ensure that first responders and medical workers had the food and supplies they needed. The program included monetary and product donations, including masks and gloves, and stocking pantries to help feed 300 firefighters.
Thanks to the contributions of customers, associates, and vendor partners, in 2020, the Charitable Foundation raised almost $2 million to support nearly 1,500 causes.
Smart & Final is the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store, headquartered near Los Angeles in Commerce, California. Smart & Final’s 254 store locations offer quality products in a variety of sizes, saving customers time and money without a membership fee. Its larger format stores, Smart & Final Extra!, combine the warehouse store with traditional grocery offerings like farm-fresh produce and natural and organic options, to provide a one-stop shop for all. In business since 1871, Smart & Final remains committed to giving back to its communities through employee volunteer opportunities and donations to local nonprofits.
Established in 2002, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to give back, improve the quality of life, and nourish communities we serve throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The Foundation has donated millions of dollars to non-profits and organizations focused on Health & Wellness, Education, Hunger Relief, Team Sports & Youth Development, and Disaster Relief. The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation raises funds through vendor donations, associates and in-store fundraising.