(Modesto, CA) — The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is pleased to announce that six organizations throughout California and Northern Nevada received grants, including in the Modesto region where The Save Mart Companies is headquartered:
Stanislaus County Office of Education – $ 5,000
The Save Mart Companies has long been a supporter of the Stanislaus County Office of Education and its many programs. This year, the Foundation is supporting the Leadership Academy, which aims to give students opportunities to learn about emerging community issues and volunteer in various sectors that could use their talents. Each student is awarded a $500 scholarship after completion of the program. The hope is they become leaders of the community after furthering their education.
Parents and Addicts in Need (PAIN) – $ 5,000
PAIN received a $5,000 grant last year to support its Preventative Education Program in local schools. The board approved another $5,000 this year to continue its work in local middle and high schools. Speakers educate and create awareness of the disease in the hopes of steering kids away from experimentation.
Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County – $ 5,000
This education partner offers an after school program called the Power Hour, which provides homework assistance to area students who are testing below their current grade level in reading and math. In the organization’s application, it noted that researchers have found those who complete homework assignments have higher academic grades than those who do not. The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation wants to help children succeed, and this grant ensures homework help continues to be available.
Kings Symphony Orchestra – $ 4,000
The Save Mart Companies is a big supporter of the arts and welcomes opportunities to foster new talent. Our grant opens the door for student musicians to practice and perform with seasoned professionals. The community then enjoys four concerts each season because of such grants.
Interfaith Food Ministries – $3,000
This local food bank requested money for its nutritional program to provide much needed protein to children in-need for approximately three months. Nearly one-third of the non-profit’s clients are under the age of 18. The Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation also gave Interfaith Food Ministry $2,000 in 2014 and $3,000 in both 2015 & 2016. The funds typically buy both eggs and peanut butter.
Sierra Inline Hockey League – $1, 500
The Save Mart Companies has long advocated for sports as a way to keep communities active and healthy. Our grant will help the Sierra Inline Hockey League replace its rink’s playing surface. The current plastic tile surface has been used for about 15 years and is near the end of its life. This league is a first-time recipient of a C.A.R.E.S. grant.
CARES stands for Community, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports and focuses on improving lives under these categories. The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation donated more than $300,000 last year to nearly three dozen organizations in California and Northern Nevada. For more information, please visit www.SaveMart.com, under the Community tab.
For questions, please contact Nannette Miranda at 925.833.6136.
Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs nearly 16,000 team members and operates 207 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company visit: www.SaveMart.com.