BY THE GALLON
In partnership with Feeding America® our Bringing Hope to the Table®program continues to provide much-needed funds to local food banks. But local families in need continue to go without milk’s high-quality protein and other nutrients.
Milk is often requested at food banks, but for too many families it’s rarely available. In fact, families who rely on local food banks receive less than one gallon per person, per year. You can change that.
All donations benefit local food banks, so you’ll be helping families in your own community.
When Barney Kroger began donating loaves of bread to the poor each week in the early days of his business, Kroger’s long history of fighting hunger in the communities it serves was born.
More than 130 years later, the Kroger family of stores is still leading the fight to help local families struggling to put food on their tables.
More than 30 years, Kroger’s family of stores has worked closely with Feeding America and its network of local food banks to bring food, funds and hands-on assistance to hunger relief efforts in the communities where our customers and associates live in work. Working side-by-side with more than 100 local food banks, we see first-hand how great the need is in the communities we share.
Knowing the issue of hunger is too big for one organization to solve, we partner with our customers, associates and vendor partners to do the most good.
Bringing Hope to the Table®, our ongoing hunger relief program, brings much needed funds to local food banks. Since its launch in 2006, the program has generated $27 million, all of which goes directly to food banks working in Kroger communities. These funds help food banks purchase new trucks, refrigeration equipment, computers and other resources critical to their mission.
Perishable Donations Partnership
HUNGER RELIEF IS OUR #1 COMMUNITY PRIORITY.
NO ISSUE ALIGNS MORE WITH OUR BUSINESS OR OUR VALUES.
We lead the fight against food insecurity in all of our markets through innovative programs that help us donate as much food that we can no longer sell as possible. The Perishable Donations Partnership (PDP) helps ensure that food banks and meal programs are able to provide well-balanced, nutrient rich meals to the clients they serve. It is a matter of pride that 97% of our stores participate in this program. Last year with the help of our Associates we were able to provide 50 million pounds of much needed fresh food to hungry neighbors in the communities we serve.
This is really something to celebrate!
Leading the Fight
Kroger is a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.
For more than 30 years, we have assisted Feeding America in its mission to help feed our nation’s hungry through a nationwide network of local food banks and to engage our communities in the fight to end hunger. Local food banks know they can count on us to provide assistance when it’s needed most.
Our support takes many forms.
More than 65 million pounds of food was donated to local food banks by the Kroger family of stores in 2010 – the equivalent of more than 50 million meals.
Nearly two-thirds of that was fresh meat, dairy items, fruits, vegetables and bakery products. Paired with traditional donations of dry beans, pasta, canned vegetables and other pantry staples, this fresh food allows food banks to provide quality – not just quantity – to local families.
Bringing Hope to the Table®, our annual cause marketing promotion that happens in stores in early summer, generates $3 million in cash – to fund food bank operations – and $1.5 million in product – to stock food bank shelves.
Grants from The Kroger Co. Foundation support building campaigns and other projects that allow local food banks to expand and serve more people.
Our more than 2,400 stores across the country provide customers a variety of ways throughout the year to lend a hand. Whether dropping spare change into specially-marked coin canisters; purchasing nonperishable food for in-store food drives; or adding a small donation to your local food bank to your bill, it all adds up to a shared goal – neighbors helping neighbors. Together, these small donations add up to a big difference for local families. During the critical holiday season in 2010, our shoppers provided more than $5.3 million in food and funds to local hunger relief efforts.
Our associates help bring our commitment to fighting hunger to life in the hundreds of communities where they live and work.
Across our family of stores, Kroger managers serve on the boards of local food banks, providing guidance on food safety, logistics, facility operations and fundraising.
And associates provide thousands of hours of volunteer service – sorting product donations, packing emergency food back packs for children, distributing food at outreach events.
In Local Communities
Working closely with dozens of local food banks on an ongoing basis, we see first-hand how great the need is in the communities we share.
Our store divisions have ongoing working relationships with 100 local food banks that are part of the Feeding America network.