Safeway: Neighborhoods need healthy foods!

Did you know that when Safeway/Albertsons decides to leave a neighborhood, they sometimes block other grocery stores from opening up in their former locations?

This means that when they are the only grocery store around and leave an area such as a downtown location to move to the suburbs, they include a restriction on that property that states that no other grocery store can move in. Some of these restrictions have been for as long as 15 years!

This leaves residents in these areas without access to a supermarket, preventing them from accessing fresh food while negatively impacting the health of the community.

Communities of color, people with disabilities, and the elderly already experience barriers to accessing healthy food, and companies like Safeway should not be contributing to the problem. They could easily change their ways and HELP neighborhoods stay healthy!

Washington, DC, is working to protect access to healthy foods in all their neighborhoods by using local legislation to block this bad behavior.

Please sign the petition to Safeway/Albertsons' CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!    

Shame on Safeway! 

This campaign is organized by Food Empowerment Project. Learn more at

Update #42 months ago
The fight against corporate greed continues!

If you have not shared our petition against Safeway please do!

And support community activists in WA by signing their petition to stop Albertsons (Safeway parent company) from blocking a grocery store for 20 years!
Update #311 months ago
Thanks so much for helping us reach nearly 34,000 signatures! Our #ShameOnSafeway campaign is going strong, but we’re hoping to shift the campaign into high gear & we need YOUR voice!

Support our campaign by joining our Thunderclap & making our message go viral, potentially reaching millions of people, and showing Safeway their harmful restrictive deeds need to end now! Learn more & join our Thunderclap here: (deadline to join 8/12/18)
Update #22 years ago
Over 33,000 caring people like you have signed our petition—but we still need your help!

Have you, or somebody you know, ever been impacted by this kind of behavior by Safeway? Please reach out and share your story about how this has affected you and your community by emailing us at

If you are able, please consider sharing the petition on social media. Together, we will hold Safeway accountable and make sure that all neighborhoods have access to healthy foods!
Update #12 years ago

Thanks to caring people like you, we already *smashed* our original goal of 1,000 signatures in the first week—and we’re just getting started!

Check out this story from Greeley, CO, where Safeway put a deed on their downtown location that prevented other grocery stores from moving in for *20 years*!

Please keep sharing this petition with your social media networks. The more signatures we have, the stronger our message to Safeway will be!

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