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    Kroger Urges Participation in Citizens' Health Care Meetings, Online Surveys

    CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here is encouraging its associates and customers around the country to participate in Citizens' Health Care Working Group-sponsored community meetings and online surveys aimed at improving health care in America.

    CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here is encouraging its associates and customers around the country to participate in Citizens' Health Care Working Group-sponsored community meetings and online surveys aimed at improving health care in America.

    Created after Congress passed a law in 2003 requiring "an informed national public debate" on health care, the Citizens' Health Care Working Group is charged with creating a "citizens road map" for health care by soliciting the public's input through community meetings and online surveys, then forming recommendations.

    "Affordable, high-quality health care for all Americans is one of the most significant challenges facing our nation," said David B. Dillon, Kroger chairman and c.e.o. "Thanks to the work of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group, all of us have an opportunity to make our voices heard."

    "Kroger's involvement in this process will provide a valuable contribution to the efforts of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group by raising awareness and urging communities to participate in this collaborative effort," said Joe Hansen, president of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union and a member of the group.

    The Citizens' Health Care Working Group will be holding community meetings in a number of major cities -- including Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit, Phoenix and Chicago -- over the next five months and conducting online surveys.

    For a complete list of cities and to share feedback with the Group, please visit http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov.

    At the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2005, Kroger operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,510 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 32 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's and Smith's Marketplace, Fry's and Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC, and City Market. Kroger also operated 792 convenience stores, 431 fine jewelry stores, 567 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food processing plants.

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