April 18, 2018 | by Dory Benford
Shoppers at Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions grocery stores are doing their part to help City of Hope conquer childhood cancers.
This year, City of Hope’s annual Kids 4 Hope program ran in 348 stores across Southern California from Jan. 31 to Feb. 21, raising an incredible $1,063,433. This total exceeded the $864,000 raised during last year’s program.
“We are incredibly proud to continue to expand our support and partnership with City of Hope’s groundbreaking pediatric programming,” said Shane Dorcheus, Southern California Division president of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions. “Our company and our employees are committed to serving the communities we live in and serve, and we are hopeful this donation will help provide a bright future to the children under the care of City of Hope.”
Since 2015, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions, and their customers, Kids 4 Hope has raised over $3.4 million. Those donations help bolster research and treatment, as well as supportive care and educational programs for City of Hope’s Pediatric Cancer Program, including promising work in the areas of pediatric leukemia research and support for adolescents and young adults battling cancer.
Kids 4 Hope is a program through City of Hope's Southern California Food Industries Circle. The program, which encourages shoppers to make donations benefiting City of Hope's pediatrics program during checkout, is in its 13th year, and has raised more than $10 million since its inception.
Celebrating 45 years of dedication, the Southern California Food Industries Circle is one of the largest industry volunteer pillars of support for City of Hope, counting more than 1,100 leading retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and brokers within its ranks. To date, the group has raised more than $145 million for City of Hope.