Bashas’ is a leading regional grocery store chain that operates some 130 stores, nearly all of which are in Arizona. The company operates stores under several brands, including Bashas’, AJ’s Fine Foods, Sportsman’s Fine Wines & Spirits and Eddie’s Country Store. Each of its chains has a specific market focus, ranging from the Bashas’ traditional grocery outlet to Food City stores that cater to the Hispanic population to Dine Markets stores that serve the Navajo Nation. The company is family-owned.
Bashas’ charitable giving goes mainly to schools, churches and nonprofits that serve the company’s customers throughout its service area. The company concentrates its giving on the core program areas of education, hunger, family and children.
Some of Bashas’ major philanthropic programs include:
- Charity of the Month. Bashas’ customers have an opportunity to give back to a local nonprofit every month in a Bashas’ store—whether it be donating food or making a donation at the register. The recipient changes month to month and includes a wide variety of nonprofit groups, including local children’s hospitals and local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and American Heart Association, among others. The program raises thousands of dollars for local charities each month.
- Annual food drives. Bashas’ holds two major food drives—a Summer Sack Lunch Drive in the summer and a Turkey Tuesday Drive during the holiday season. With help from its customers, the company has contributed more than a half a million pounds of food, providing meals for those in need, working with The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and local food banks to distribute the food.
- The Community Support Card. Nonprofits can easily raise funds from their supporters simply by purchasing Bashas’ Community Support Cards, which are eligible for a 6 percent discount. The organization then sells the Community Support Card to its supporters at face value and receives a 6 percent profit. And the supporters can reload their Community Support Card at Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods stores and the organization will continue to earn 6 percent of the reload amount.
- Community partnerships. Bashas’ has partnered with local government agencies and chambers of commerce to support and promote a variety of public awareness and safety campaigns, in addition to celebratory city and state milestones.
- Event sponsorships. The company supports various walk/run fundraisers every year. For example, AJ’s Fine Foods provides a variety of event sponsorships through cash and product donations in exchange for onsite and media exposure. And Food City supports a large number of community- and family-oriented events that range from hosting soccer tournaments featuring dozens of teams to local Easter Egg Hunts, culinary festivals and concert series reaching thousands of individuals and families.
- Community need response. In times of tragedy or intense public need, all Bashas’ Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods stores have the ability to add point-of-sale donations to support a particular need or organization. For example, during Arizona’s fire season, the Bashas’ family of stores has implemented unique point-of-sale donation options to support The Salvation Army in its relief and support efforts for those affected.
- Bashas’ Volunteers. Bashas’ employees and retirees, along with their families and friends, volunteer hundreds of hours to community-based projects each year. Its employees have helped children learn to read, assembled back-to-school toolkits for the United Way, sorted toys for the Salvation Army and served meals to the hungry, among other activities.
Additional information is available on the company’s website.