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"Albertsons was the first food chain to start a formal perishable food recovery program. In the Fresh Rescue program, stores within the Albertsons chain can partner with an organization in their community to receive food from the supermarket. Each store has one or two employees trained and designated to work with partner agencies.
“Stores have been doing it on their own for a few years now, but we wanted to find a way to pull it all together,” said Lilia Rodriguez, the public affairs manager for Albertsons. “It’s eggs, cheese, milk, fruits – and it’s those products that are really hard for food banks to get a hold of. Non-perishables are usually what they get.”