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The Kroger Co. has launched a new health and wellness campaign in partnership with subsidiary The Little Clinic and hunger relief organization Feeding America.
Cincinnati-based Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered through April 1, 2017, at all Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations.
"At Kroger, receiving the flu shot this year will do more than protect you and your families' health. Throughout this flu season, we'll provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger for every flu shot administered in our pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations nationwide," said Philecia Avery, Kroger's VP of pharmacy. "Kroger has a long history of bringing help and hope to our neighbors in need in the communities we serve. We're proud to continue that tradition by bringing health and wellness to our local communities as well."
Committed to Health, Hunger
Every year in the United States, more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized by influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October.
"Our goal is to provide quality and affordable healthcare for our customers," said Colleen Lindholz, president of The Little Clinic. "Healthcare experts recommend a yearly vaccination as the best protection from the flu. This campaign allows us to address two community needs simultaneously."
Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, called Kroger “a true visionary partner committed to our mission to feed people facing hunger in America. This new health and wellness campaign is invaluable not only for Kroger customers, but also for the 46 million food-insecure Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks."