Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Perlmutter and Safeway Announce Government in the Grocery Feb. 19, 2011

“Government in the Grocery -- is about listening to your constituents. It's about being in a less formal setting …. to talk about America …It’s essential to the fabric of our democracy.”

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, in cooperation with Safeway, announced he will host his first Government in the Grocery of 2011 on Feb. 19 at the Safeway on Colfax and Garrison St. in Lakewood, CO.

This will be the first Government in the Grocery meeting hosted by Perlmutter since the tragic shootings last month in Tucson , AZ.

Perlmutter stated, “Over the past few weeks, my staff and I have met with Safeway, other grocery stores and law enforcement in our district, and we are taking the appropriate and responsible precautions to move forward with our Government in the Grocery Program and consider the safety of everyone involved. Government in the Grocery is about being available to listen to the hardworking people in the 7th CD in a less formal setting to talk about the issues on their mind. This kind of access is essential to the fabric of our democracy. Safeway has been an outstanding partner in this program since day one, and they are providing a valuable service to our communities by allowing us to hold these office hours in their stores.”

“Our stores are a gathering place for communities in neighborhoods and cities across the nation. Our role as a neighborhood store makes us a natural setting for these types of events. We’ve recently spent a significant amount of time evaluating our company policy surrounding these programs. Safeway periodically hosts events for community organizations, elected officials, and other groups within our neighborhoods. After careful consideration, we have decided to continue allowing elected officials to meet with their constituents at our stores,” said Kris Staaf, Safeway Director of Public Affairs.

Since taking office in 2007, Perlmutter has hosted more than 70 grocery store one-on-one meetings with constituents at grocery stores around the district.

WHAT: Congressman Ed Perlmutter Government in the Grocery

WHO: Constituents in the 7th CD of Colorado can meet one-on-one with Congressman Perlmutter for about 5 min. each to discuss whatever issue is on their mind

WHEN: Sat. Feb. 19, 2011 10 a.m. – Noon

WHERE: Safeway 9160 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood , CO 80215