Fresh Rescue to aid local folks via Alberstson's

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Joe Albertson's supermarket is teaming up on a couple of projects to benefit local people in need of a helping hand.

Fresh Rescue, a partnership between Albertsons and Second Harvest Inland Northwest, is expanding to include the Walla Walla store.

Through Fresh Rescue, the grocer donates non-perishable and fresh food items to Second Harvest's local partner agency, Blue Mountain Action Council, several days a week, according to a news release.

"The quantity and variety of food, especially the fresh produce, will be significant in helping us to serve nutritious food to many more people in need of help," BMAC warehouse manager Gail McGee said in the release.

Albertsons' participation in Fresh Rescue is a chainwide effort that has been under way for about five years.

Besides produce, it gives food banks a steady supply of meat and dairy, which tend to be in short supply.

BMAC's Food Warehouse is at 921 W. Cherry St. and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Food distributions are the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, call 529-3561 or e-mail gailm@bmacww.org.

For more information about Second Harvest, go to www.2-harvest.org.

Albertsons also is teaming with Providence St. Mary Medical Center to help area children by organizing a school supply drive.

Employees of both businesses will be filling backpacks today at the grocery store, and the supplies will be donated to Walla Walla Public Schools, according to a news release.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Alasdair Stewart can be reached at alasdairstewart@wwub.com or 526-8311.

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