Safeway Commits to Hiring 1,000 Veterans in 2013 and Launches Fundraiser for Veterans

 Safeway Commits to Hiring 1,000 Veterans in 2013 and Launches Fundraiser for

PR Newswire

PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012

PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY)
today announced it will expand its support of America's military veterans by
hiring at least 1,000 military veterans in 2013 to add to the 1,300 hired to
date in 2012. In addition, the company is raising money this Veterans Day
weekend for organizations that help veterans recover from service-related
injuries and/or return to the civilian workforce.

The hiring and financial commitments reinforce Safeway's longstanding
dedication to honoring and supporting the country's military. From donating
and shipping more than 2,000 care packages to soldiers serving overseas, to
continuing full benefits for Safeway employees who are called from reserve to
active duty, to training and placing veterans into highly sought-after
positions, the company demonstrates its appreciation to those who serve in the

"We are honored to assist those who have protected our freedom at home and
abroad," said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President and Chair of The
Safeway Foundation. "Likewise, we have tapped into the knowledge and
leadership skills of these remarkable professionals to enhance our workforce.
We urge other companies to do the same and benefit from the talent that comes
with military experience."

Though Safeway has supported the Armed Forces and military personnel for
years, 2012 marks the second year that the company has dedicated the three-day
Veterans Day weekend to raising money for key veteran-related causes. In 2011,
the company raised $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization
that provides medical and emotional support to "wounded warriors" who incurred
service-related injuries on or after September 11, 2001. This year, The
Safeway Foundation's November 9 through November 11 fundraising effort in most
stores will also benefit various organizations and outreach programs that help
veterans gain the skills and resources necessary to transition to civilian

In addition to our goal of hiring over 1,000 military veterans both in 2012
and 2013, Safeway has created an ambitious and successful Junior Military
Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer program to train and place veterans in
top store and backstage leadership positions. The 41-week intensive training
program includes a combination of on-the-job training, mentoring, classroom
seminars, job shadowing and independent study, as well as participating in
numerous department and key leadership strategy sessions. At the end of the
program, participants are qualified to hold a number of leadership positions,
including Store Manager and Warehouse Superintendent.

Supporting veterans and the military is part of Safeway's overall focus on
corporate social responsibility and making a difference in the communities it
serves. The company is an industry leader in environmental sustainability,
ethical business practices and effective community outreach. Safeway upholds
an operating philosophy that is rooted in corporate social responsibility
focused on four key fundamentals: People, Products, Community, and the
Planet. These fundamentals are "The Heart of Safeway," bringing together our
passion for food and serving our customers with the rapidly developing needs
of our communities and our planet. In 2011, the company raised and donated
more than $180 million for hunger relief, education and the previously
mentioned important causes.

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug
retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,644 stores
in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion
in 2011. The company's commonstockis traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol SWY.

Contact: Teena Massingill, 925-467-3810

SOURCE Safeway Inc.

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