Daily store donations of fresh, yet unsalable dairy, meat, produce and bakery items from Smith’s stores to local major food banks created 2.9 million meals for people who otherwise would go hungry. Checks written to food banks for equipment purchases and program support totaled $150,000. Smith’s generous customers donated $158,000 to our holiday program called Bringing Hope to the Table for the Holidays. 100% of their gifts were converted to gift cards that were then given to the food bank in every store community to purchase-needed food items at Smith’s.
Smith’s sponsorships of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events in New Mexico and Montana helped to generate tens of thousands of dollars for local breast cancer awareness programs in those communities. In Utah and Las Vegas stores, associates teamed up for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Smith’s associates, customers and vendors partnered to raise $1.4 million for the charity care programs at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Utah, St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Pediatric Unit in Las Vegas and University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. These three hospitals serve the children of families throughout the vast majority of Smith’s operating areas.
K-12 schools throughout Smith’s operating areas received more than $1 million. Five Las Vegas youth who overcame tremendous personal adversity received a $2,000 Smith’s Personal Best Scholarship, administered by the Clark County Public Education Foundation. In partnership with Martin Luther King Junior Day events, Smith’s also awarded $7,000 in scholarships to promising youth in New Mexico and Utah.