Kroger to help local food bank raise funds for nonperishable items during the holiday season
More than 47 million Americans faced difficulties in providing sufficient food for their households in 2016, and more than 50 percent of food-insecure homes count on local food banks and assistance programs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As food banks around the country begin collecting food for the holidays, Kroger is making it easy this year to “Can Hunger” in Dalton and Calhoun through donations to the Chattanooga Food Bank and other local Feeding America Food Banks.
From Nov. 12 – Dec. 24, Kroger customers can purchase $1, $3 or $5 icons to help provide food for area families in need. All donations collected in the Dalton and Calhoun area will benefit the Chattanooga Food Bank, who provides services throughout North Georgia, including Whitfield and Gordon Counties.
“The Can Hunger campaign is one of our most popular community initiatives. It is truly a great opportunity for Kroger customers to give back to local families in need during the holiday season because even a small donation can make a large impact in feeding those who are less fortunate,” says Felix Turner, corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “Over the years, our associates and customers have helped us supply food banks with countless meals for the communities we serve, and we hope to top that success this year.”
The Can Hunger campaign aligns with Kroger’s company-wide Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, which launched in September. Through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger has set a vision to end hunger in the places we call home and to eliminate waste – especially food waste – in its company by 2025.
With the generosity of individuals and businesses who all share the same vision, Kroger can continue partnering with local food banks to help feed families in need across the country, starting right here in Dalton and Calhoun, and, hopefully, stop wasting the more 40 percent of U.S.-produced food that goes unconsumed each year.
Kroger’s Atlanta Division is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and is one of the Southeast’s largest retail grocery chains with more than 184 stores, covering Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina. Kroger was recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in the U.S. The Company focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, K-12 education, women’s health initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com