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Kroger banners Ralphs Grocery Company and Food 4 Less are raising funds to support children's hospitals in Southern California.
The grocers’ customers and associates can support their local children's hospital through the supermarket chains’ nonprofit arms, The Ralphs Fund and The Food 4 Less Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at checkstands. The Children's Hospital fundraising campaign will run through May 25.
"Food 4 Less believes strongly in giving back to the communities our stores serve," said Bryan Kaltenbach, Food 4 Less president. "We're pleased to extend our commitment to community service to our local children's hospitals. We cannot think of a better way to invest in our communities than by giving families and children hope through our support of the outstanding work these hospitals are doing to provide world-class medical care for children."
Southern California children's hospitals that will benefit from the charitable fundraising drive include:
- Children's Hospital of Orange County
- Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
- Cottage Children's Hospital (Santa Barbara)
- Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
- Mattel Children's Hospital (UCLA)
- Miller's Children's Hospital (Long Beach)
- Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego)
"Our ability to support the great work being done by our Southern California children's hospitals is a direct result of the dedication of our team members and the generosity of our customers," said Donna Giordano, Ralphs president. "Even during this time of economic uncertainty, Ralphs is proud to be able to continue to help children and families have a healthy future."
Ralphs Grocery Company operates 243 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women's health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company's stores.
Also headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 146 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the Food 4 Less banner in Southern California, Nevada, Illinois and Indiana, and the Foods Co banner in Central and Northern California. Last year, Food 4 Less contributed more than $4 million to charitable causes.