History of Giving

When founder Barney Kroger opened his doors to give day-old bread to hungry residents lined up at the store, Kroger's spirit of giving began. More than 130 years later, that tradition of helping feed our hungry neighbors continues.

Early Beginnings

For nearly 40 years, the Kroger Family of Companies has partnered with Feeding America to bring food, funds and hands-on assistance to local hunger relief efforts. In 2015 alone, those contributions of food and money provided the equivalent of 276 million meals. All went to food banks and hunger agencies serving the communities our customers and associates call home.

"Every day, Kroger's family of stores works closely with Feeding America and more than
100 local food banks
to bring wholesome, nutritious food to those struggling to put food on their tables. In 2015, our donations of food and funds provided
276 million meals.
Feeding people is our business and our purpose. We know that meals matter."

Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Co.

Donation of safe, nutritious food is a big part of Kroger's ongoing commitment.

Every day, perishable food that can no longer be sold is donated to more than 100 local Feeding America food banks. These valuable fresh foods - fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy - are critical components of a healthy and balanced diet, but are often difficult or expensive for the food banks to obtain.

So just how does the fresh food make it to the food banks in time? On or before the expiration date, foods are pulled from shelves and refrigerated or frozen to lock-in freshness. Local food banks and agencies able to safely transfer and handle perishable foods pick up the items directly from the stores. A day later, that frozen ground beef can take on new life as wholesome chili at the local shelter.

Food isn't the only thing local food banks need. Small donations from customers and associates, proceeds from our annual Bringing Hope to the Table campaign, and grants from the Kroger Foundation help our food bank partners pay for the many other resources needed to fulfill their mission - like warehouse equipment, trucks and vans, refrigerators and freezers and fuel for vehicles.

And that's not where our involvement stops. Volunteer time given to local food banks by our Associates supplements the food and funds donated every year.

Our Associates take great pride in helping their neighbors in need.

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