Safeway tapped into the power of Facebook to determine “America’s Most Natural City.” The winning city was Portland, Ore., based on the city’s natural attractions, green spaces and outdoor activities. The city was awarded with 25 picnic tables, sectioned off from the 305-ft. Douglas Fir table that recently broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Picnic Table. The table was built in celebration of Safeway’s Open Nature™, a new line of 100 percent natural foods.
Portland secured 1,189 votes in the contest; coming in second and third were Denver and Seattle, respectively.
Safeway donated $20,000 to the Portland Parks and Recreation to aid with maintaining its park facilities, which have come under pressure from countrywide budget cuts.
“We applaud Safeway for their charitable giving. Portland Parks & Recreation welcomes the generous donation, which will go toward the city’s E-205 Initiative to enhance nature trails and build park amenities such as children’s playgrounds in the East Portland area,” said Nick Fish, Portland parks commissioner. “These improvements will make a huge impact in historically underserved East Portland.”
In the photo: Safeway executives, Portland officials and kids celebrate the money given to Portland Parks & Recreation to help maintain the city’s parks.