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CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here and its family of stores throughout the country contributed more than 30 million pounds of food to local food banks last year, enough to provide 22.5 million meals to citizens in the communities it serves across the country.
"Combating hunger in America is one of Kroger's core priorities," said Lynn Marmer, Kroger's spokeswoman and member of America's Second Harvest's board of directors. "Kroger has a long tradition of giving back to the communities we serve. We appreciate the commitment our customers, associates and vendor partners share in drawing attention to the fight against hunger."
In recent years, Kroger has donated over 135 million pounds of food and groceries, valued at more than $200 million, to more than 85 local food banks serving communities where the company's customers and associates live and work.
In addition to food, Kroger's contributions to local food banks include other products such as toiletries and cleaning supplies - items families and individuals relying on food banks request most often after food.
"For decades, Kroger has played a pivotal role in working with local food banks to provide meals for those most in need in neighborhoods throughout the country," said Vicki B. Escarra, chief executive of America's Second Harvest.
In 2006, Kroger was named the charitable hunger relief organization's "Retailer of the Year," which represents the fourth time in six years the company has received the award. Food banks across the country select recipients for this award on an annual basis.