March 29, 2018

Safeway Employee Payroll Donation Program Raises $50,000 with a Focus on Nutrition in Pediatric Emergency

When it comes to nutrition, Saskatchewan Safeway employees are all-aboard in bringing the best food choices to families spending time in hospital. Through the Safeway Employee Payroll Donation program, employees found a convenient way to ‘give-as-you-earn’ and raise $50,000 for a Nourishment Alcove in Pediatric Emergency at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.

“For decades the company and employees from the Saskatchewan Safeway stores have continued to generously donate thousands of dollars to help support critical children’s health programs and services in the province,” says Renée Hopfner, Sobeys Inc. Corporate Social Responsibility Director. “We are pleased that the $50,000 in contributions from the Safeway Employee Payroll Donation program donated in the last few years will specifically fund the Nourishment Alcove in Pediatric Emergency at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.”

“The ambition that Safeway employees have shown in combining two common passions – nutrition and better care for children and families – is an inspiring message for us all,” says Kristina Konchak, Director, Major Gifts at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The success of their employee giving campaign will help bring a comforting environment to families who are going through one of the most stressful times of their lives.”

The Nourishment Alcove will be conveniently located within Pediatric Emergency for families who have rushed their child to the hospital.

For Safeway employees, success begins with better food. By joining together to make small acts of giving that add up to a lot, they have gifted Saskatchewan families with a place to store grocery items, frozen meals and fresh snacks, helping them feel at home during a critical time in their child’s medical journey.

“A special space like the Nourishment Alcove in Pediatric Emergency will give families a home-like environment, helping them to feel more relaxed and in touch with their normal everyday lives,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “It is inspiring to see how this gift from Safeway Employees will make a difference in the lives of many families. We are so grateful for their gift and commitment to nutrition, prosperity and better care for the children and families of our province.”

Thanks to Safeway and its employees for seeing a future where Saskatchewan children and families have a dedicated world-class facility that will help meet their needs right here at home!


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