Kroger an­nounces Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan

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AT­LANTA – The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) to­day an­nounced a new, na­tional ef­fort aimed at end­ing hunger in the com­mu­ni­ties Kroger calls home and elim­i­nat­ing waste across the com­pany by 2025.

“No fam­ily in a com­mu­nity we serve should ever go hun­gry, and no food in a store we op­er­ate should ever go to waste,” said Rod­ney McMullen, Kroger’s chair­man and CEO.

Across the United States, 42 mil­lion Amer­i­cans strug­gle with hunger. At the same time, an es­ti­mated 72 bil­lion pounds of food ends up in a land­fill ev­ery year.

“More than 40 per­cent of the food pro­duced in the U.S. each year goes un­con­sumed, while one in eight peo­ple strug­gle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense,” Mr. McMullen said. “As Amer­ica’s gro­cer and one of the largest re­tail­ers in the world, we are com­mit­ting to do­ing some­thing about it.”

Kroger’s vi­sion­ary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan in­cludes the bold com­mit­ments out­lined be­low, in keep­ing with the com­pany’s Pur­pose to Feed the Hu­man Spir­itTM.

Kroger is also crowd­sourc­ing for so­lu­tions, ask­ing com­mu­ni­ties, part­ners and other stake­hold­ers to help pro­vide ideas, feed­back and best prac­tices as the ef­fort evolves.

“We don’t – and we won’t – have all the an­swers,” said Bruce Lu­cia, pres­i­dent of Kroger’s At­lanta Di­vi­sion. “While we are clear about our vi­sion, we are flex­i­ble about how to get there. We are work­ing closely with both Feed­ing Amer­ica and the World Wildlife Fund ( WWF), our long­stand­ing part­ners, to de­velop trans­par­ent met­rics to track our progress.”

“And we are invit­ing every­one who is pas­sion­ate about feed­ing peo­ple and pro­tect­ing the planet to join us in our mis­sion to end hunger in our com­mu­ni­ties and elim­i­nate waste across our com­pany by 2025,” Lu­cia said.

“Hunger ex­ists in ev­ery county and af­fects ev­ery de­mo­graphic group in this coun­try,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feed­ing Amer­ica®. “If we are to suc­ceed in creat­ing a hunger-free Amer­ica, it will take the com­bined ef­forts of a va­ri­ety of groups – pol­i­cy­mak­ers, nonprofits, in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions – work­ing to­gether with the 200 net­work mem­ber food banks. Kroger is step­ping up to the chal­lenge and we look for­ward to work­ing with them on their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan.”

“The pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion of food has the largest environmental foot­print of any hu­man ac­tiv­ity. By wast­ing less food, we can re­duce the environmental im­pact of food pro­duc­tion while also con­serv­ing bio­di­ver­sity and wildlife habi­tat,” said Sheila Bonini, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Pri­vate Sec­tor En­gage­ment, WWF. “Kroger’s zero waste com­mit­ment sets a new stan­dard for food waste re­duc­tion goals and will have a rip­ple ef­fect across their sup­ply chain and in­dus­try.”

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste: A Plan to End Hunger In Kroger Com­mu­ni­ties and

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