Kroger to Donate 30 Million Food Bank Meals
The Kroger Co. is donating 30 million meals to local food banks and providing simple donation opportunities for customers and associates who shop and work at its family of stores during its annual Season of Giving.
"Kroger has a proud history of feeding hungry neighbors in our communities and a rich tradition of bringing help and hope for the holidays," said Lynn Marmer, Kroger's group VP of corporate affairs. "We invite our customers, associates and communities to join in our Season of Giving by supporting their local food banks as well as The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign in our stores this holiday season."
As a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger has been engaged in the hunger relief effort for more than 30 years. Today, Kroger works directly with more than 100 local food banks. In 2013, nearly $7 million was generated at Kroger stores to help feed local families during the holidays. This holiday season, customers can help again, thanks to a variety of simple donation opportunities in stores.
Customers should look for The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles at stores nationwide from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Donations will help provide food, clothing, toys and social services in the communities where funds are raised.
In 2013, Kroger customers and associates contributed $13.5 million to the campaign, which represents 10 percent of the total raised nationwide. The Red Kettle Campaign enables The Salvation Army to assist 30 million Americans in more than 5,000 communities across the country. Since 2007, more than $85 million has been raised at Kroger stores.
Cinicinnati-based Kroger operates 2,638 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.