This year marks the 20th anniversary of Safeway’s volunteer shopping program, and the store celebrated its volunteers with a special luncheon Aug. 8.
Each Thursday, the volunteers shop for people who can’t get to the grocery store. Clients call and place their grocery order, and then volunteers shop for them and deliver their groceries.
“They are so giving,” said Wes Allan. “They do a great job week after week, and they are so appreciated. Without them, we couldn’t run the program. The people we deliver to are so appreciative because they wouldn’t get their groceries otherwise.”
Allan says some of the volunteers have been with the program for 19 years, and Marilyn Gibson has been volunteering for the full 20 years.