For the sixth year, Safeway will host its Back to School (BTS) program, an in-store initiative uniting numerous food manufacturers as they support education and help schools systems fill budget gaps.

The program runs through Sept. 14 and allows food manufacturers to donate 10 percent of the sales of more than 3,000 selected items to local schools chosen by customers. The program also gives parents, teachers and education support groups an opportunity to raise money for schools as budget shortfalls and economic concerns continue to threaten educational resources.

The top five schools from last year’s Back-To-School campaign were Piney Branch Elementary ($5,944 – Takoma Park, Md.), Northwood High School ($4,564 – Silver Spring, Md.), Severn River Middle School ($3,404 – Arnold, Md.), Westowne Elementary ($2,689 – Catonsville, Md.) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware ($2,513 – Wilmington).

The five highest-earning schools will be eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus in addition to their overall donation. Schools can earn up to $25,000 per year through the combined eScrip and Back-To-School programs.