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    Kroger Lets Anti-Hunger Agencies Buy Food at Cost for Texas Flood Victims

    The grocer is teaming up with with Feeding America, Salvation Army, and the Texas Food Bank Network to speed emergency food to thousands still recovering from Hurricane Ike.

    The Kroger Co., Feeding America and The Salvation Army have formed a partnership to provide millions of pounds of food to thousands of Texans still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ike.

    The Salvation Army provided $625,000 to Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) to purchase food at cost from Kroger - which also picked up the transportation costs -- for continuing disaster relief efforts in Texas. The donation was then matched with an additional $250,000 in funding from Feeding America; the combined funds were in turn, used to acquire a variety of food staples such as peanut butter, canned soup and stews, canned tuna, and other essential and nutritious food items that are being packed in 35,000 "family boxes" that will be distributed to at-risk families throughout Texas.

    Coordinated by the Texas Food Bank Network and the Houston Food Bank, hundreds of volunteers are packing boxes, which will be distributed by The Salvation Army, at the Houston facility, the Capitol Area Food Bank in Austin, North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, and the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth.

    Gary Huddleston, Kroger's director of consumer affairs, said the donation reflects the Cincinnati-based chain's long time support of Feeding America and The Salvation Army, as well as other numerous Hurricane relief efforts.

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