The Kroger Co.’s Central Division announced the results of its largest annual food drive, “Share Your Feast,” in support of regional food banks and local food pantries across the operating division. The food drive ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. Each of Kroger Central Division’s 136 Kroger, Scott’s, Pay Less and Owen’s stores was matched with a local food bank or food pantry.
Kroger customers purchased pre-bag food in $3, $5 and $10 bags, totaling $165,676. In addition, Kroger customers donated cash in increments of $1, $3 and $5 totaling $84,445, an increase over 2011. Customers and associates also left loose items in collection bins worth an additional $31,824. Total proceeds for 2012 are $281,945 or 140,972 meals for hungry families in the local communities Kroger serves.
Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott said, “There is no cause more important than feeding our hungry neighbors, especially now as so many families are struggling. Even as we see signs of an improving economy, there are many local families who are hungry. This food drive benefits nine regional food banks and 69 local food pantries. Through hard work, our hunger relief efforts are setting one record after another in helping feed hungry families amidst a need that has increased as much as 40 percent in some local communities. With the significant increase in food donations through Kroger’s Perishable Donation Partnership, Central Division’s total food and financial donations to hunger relief organizations in local communities in 2012 is on track to exceed the $10.3 million in support we shared in 2011. It is truly heart-warming to see the generosity of our associates and our customers as they meet the need in our local communities.”
The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 130 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 72 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $14.7 million in 2011 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.