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    Albertsons' 'Back to School' Partnerships Benefit Education

    BOISE, Idaho - As area children and their families prepare to go back to school, Albertsons is partnering with several vendors to give back over $5 million to communities during the back to school season.

    BOISE, Idaho - As area children and their families prepare to go back to school, Albertsons is partnering with several vendors to give back over $5 million to communities during the back to school season. Albertsons said programs conducted throughout the fall at its supermarkets and drugstores -- including exclusive in-store partnerships with some of the nation's leading food and drug manufacturers -- are targeted at providing elementary aged school children with the tools they need to be successful in school.

    "Children are the heartbeat of our communities. Education is the engine that will bring them to fuller and more productive lives," said Larry Johnston, chairman and CEO of Albertsons. "The provision of quality education is a major concern of parents throughout the United States. Through the efforts of our caring and dedicated associates, the generosity of hundreds of thousands of our customers, and the education-oriented partnerships created by several of our suppliers, we are helping provide resources that will make a meaningful difference in the quality of education in the neighborhoods we serve."

    Included in the focus of the back to school campaign is an acceleration of Albertsons' successful Community Partner Card program, which helps organizations that directly benefit youth raise funds. Albertsons donates a percentage of purchases made by program members back to their non-profit organizations. The Community Partners Program gave back more than $14 million to youth oriented organizations during 2002, and Albertsons is on track to meet that goal again this year.

    Vendors participating in various programs with Albertsons include Coca-Cola, Kimberly Clark/Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and General Mills.

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