Key Community Partners
The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation makes donations to thousands of nonprofit organizations every year and you can view the list of our 2019 donations here.
We’re especially proud to support the below key partners through annual in-store fundraising, food rescue programs and associate volunteerism. At this time, we are not looking for additional key partners, but welcome you to apply for a donation.
To support hunger relief efforts throughout our communities, perfectly edible but unsold food is donated to one of our fifteen Feeding America® member food banks. These food banks pick up donated product on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis. In 2019, Smart & Final donated over 4 million pounds of food to Feeding America members.
To support City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, Smart & Final hosts the annual Kids 4 Hope in-store fundraising campaign. In September, customers at Smart & Final are invited to donate, and in 2020, their generosity allowed us to give $500,000 to City of Hope. Additionally, we participate in the Walk for Hope to benefit research for women’s cancer and cures, as well as the Pediatric Picnic, which brings current and former pediatric cancer patients and their families together.
Started by Anaheim White House Chef and Owner Bruno Serato, Caterina’s Club currently feeds 24,250 kids a week at 86 locations in 29 cities. To serve Caterina’s Club, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation and KFI AM640 host the annual PastaThon, a month-long in-store fundraising effort and culminating collection event to raise money and gather sauce, pasta and supplies to assist Caterina’s Club in fighting food insecurity and homelessness in Southern California. Smart & Final associates assist in collecting and packaging product, as well as transporting it to the organization.
Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 100,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. Olive Crest works tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. In benefit of Olive Crest, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation holds an in-store fundraising campaign every July, in which customers have the chance to donate to the cause. With the help of our customers and store associates, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation donated $576,000 to Olive Crest in 2020.