Youth and Education

We believe that every student should have access to education that prepares them to succeed in school and life. We believe that investing in education creates a foundation for a better future for all of us. We support programs that encourage a child’s success in a safe environment and that foster learning in all subjects, including after-school activities as well as other interventions.

Our funding is specifically for K-12 education in schools and in out-of-school organizations that increase test scores, classroom performance and/or attendance.

Local Stories

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Building Tomorrow's Leaders One Lemonade Stand at a Time

United is proud to serve as the City Champion for Lubbock Lemonade Day and we enthusiastically support the mission to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow…one lemonade stand at a time!

3,528 area students spend the spring learning how to create a business plan, procure product, attract customers, and grow sales. In addition to teaching financial literacy and the value of hard work, the program teaches kids the benefits of using their profits to spend some, save some and donate some to a charity.On Lemonade Day, 882 new business sprang up around town, many in front of United stores.

In partnership with Texas Tech University, eight scholarships were awarded including one to the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Matthew Noel. He showed innovative moxie and entrepreneurial spirit when he approached area businesses with the idea of matching his profits. Matthew’s goal was to make as big a donation as possible to the Burkhart Center for Autism and Research. Area businesses jumped at the chance to support this enthusiastic young man. We are proud to report that his corporate partners and his business profits made possible a donation of more than $4,600 to the Center.

Picture of Three little shopkeepers gave store tours and checked out happy guests shopping on opening day.

United Kid's Market

United has partnered with the Science Spectrum to give children a fresh hands-on experience to better understand modern grocery shopping with the opening of the new United Supermarkets Kids Market.

After pushing little shopping carts through our stores for years, now tiny shoppers at the Science Spectrum have a grocery store of their own to play in.

Market Street store director Matt Edwards celebrates Tascosa High School's Shop to Support Schools win with the THS cheerleaders.

100th Anniversary Celebration - Shop to Support Schools

Since its founding in 1916 by Henry Dewitt Snell, The United Family has been dedicated to giving back to those who so faithfully support its grocery store banners including United Supermarkets, United Express, Market Street, Amigos and Albertsons Market. By partnering with local food banks and community organizations the company is committed to improving and benefiting the communities it serves throughout West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Eastern New Mexico. Listed below are several community relations efforts The United Family executed throughout 2016 in an effort to show appreciation to its guests.

100 Anniversary
The United Family celebrated a historic milestone in 2016 with the 100th Anniversary of United Supermarkets. The company commemorated a century of service with an entire year of initiatives to benefit the communities it serves throughout West Texas, DFW and Eastern New Mexico. In January 2016 The United Family launched its Shop to Support Schools program followed by Take a Bite Out of Hunger in April, the 100 Days of Giving campaign in May, food bank donations in June and hospital donations in November to close out the year. Each of these initiatives are outlined individually below.

Shop to Support Schools
Shop to Support Schools was a school donation program which allowed guests of The United Family stores to link a school of their choice to their rewards account and earn points for the school each time they shopped between Jan. 13 and Oct. 15. 2016.Based on the percentage of each schools shopping activity, at the end of the earning period the company awarded $1,000 to 100 schools throughout its communities. Winner celebrations ranged from store check presentations to full-fledged school assemblies.

Where We Give

We focus on giving locally to help strengthen neighborhoods and change lives.