Daily store donations of fresh, yet unsalable dairy, meat, produce and bakery items from Smith’s stores to local major food banks created 2.7 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 $155,000 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 $900,000 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.
Smith’s Earn & Learn funded more than 1,000 participating schools with $1 million distributed in 2012. In the few areas where Earn & Learn is not offered, $54,000 in gift cards and cash supported schools’ needs as requested. Five scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to seniors through Smith’s Personal Best Scholarship Program in partnership with Clark County Public Education Foundation. And Smith’s made seven $1,000 scholarships possible for teens in New Mexico and Utah in celebration of the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King.