Redskins’ Vernon Davis sweeps the supermarket to combat hunger


The sports star collected items on the a food bank wish list. Image credit: Safeway Foundation/Sage Communications

Georgetown Safeway shoppers in Aisle 9 might have witnessed Washington Redskins’ Vernon Davis zooming past last Wednesday with a cart full of groceries.  Thankfully no one stopped him for an autograph.  He was on a mission!

Trying to beat the clock — and a dynamic duo of reporters from WJLA-TV — Davis participated in the Safeway Foundation’s 2nd annual KICK HUNGER fundraising campaign, a fun, food-filled scavenger hunt to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB).  Kaitlyn Swingle from the Safeway marketing team joined the Tight End as teammate for an exciting and fast-paced supermarket sweep.  The list of finds included pastas, beans, rice, vegetables, fruit, juices, and peanut butter… typical food bank wish list items.

Redskins Tight End Vernon Davis participates in KICK HUNGER. Image credit: Safeway Foundation/Sage Communications

But could the pair collect everything quicker than Adrianna Hopkins and Kidd O’Shea?!

Dan McCabe from the Capital Area Food Bank served as Race Official.  Deeming the store too busy for true head-to-head competition, the teams instead participated in the hunt in separate timed heats.  Based on clock time, Adrianna and Kidd ended up beating the sports star by about six seconds!  They took home a trophy, but truthfully, the Maryland and Capital Area Food Banks were the overall winners, keeping all of the food in both teams’ shopping baskets.

In addition to this boon, Safeway stores in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia will collect customer donations at checkout throughout the month of March.

WJLA’s team beat him by only 6 seconds. Image credit: Safeway Foundation/Sage Communications

“Supporting our food bank partners as they work towards alleviating hunger in our communities is a Safeway priority,” said Tom Lofland, Eastern Division President. “As a grocer, hunger relief is of great importance to us, and we are proud to support organizations that are leading the fight. Our KICK HUNGER campaign further underscores this commitment.”

The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems. By partnering with 444 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly into hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping nearly half- a-million people each year get access to good, healthy food.