San Diego Business Journal

California's grocery industry gave $374 million to charity during 2004, according to a first-of-its-kind survey released Dec. 11 by the California Grocers Association.

The food industry management program at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business researched the survey, which tallied monetary aid, food donations and volunteer hours.

The giving happens on scales great and small.

Dirk Stump, vice president of Stump's Markets and a state association director, says his family business can't match the volume of Safeway and Vons. Still, he said, "we give away a lot of stuff." Schools and athletic programs are among the organizations that benefit from Stump's generosity. Stump's has stores in Point Loma and Rancho Santa Fe.

California's grocers made 2 percent of their donations to sports, recreational and cultural events, according to the statewide survey. Some 17 percent of donations went to education and 58 percent went to hunger relief.

The Sacramento-based grocers association represents roughly 500 retail members and 200 grocery suppliers.

, Brad Graves