Kroger to help lo­cal food bank raise funds for non­per­ish­able items dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­ports

More than 47 mil­lion Amer­i­cans faced dif­fi­cul­ties in pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient food for their house­holds in 2016, and more than 50 per­cent of food-in­se­cure homes count on lo­cal food banks and as­sis­tance pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

As food banks around the coun­try be­gin col­lect­ing food for the hol­i­days, Kroger is mak­ing it easy this year to “Can Hunger” in Dal­ton and Cal­houn through do­na­tions to the Chat­tanooga Food Bank and other lo­cal Feed­ing Amer­ica Food Banks.

From Nov. 12 – Dec. 24, Kroger cus­tomers can pur­chase $1, $3 or $5 icons to help pro­vide food for area fam­i­lies in need. All do­na­tions col­lected in the Dal­ton and Cal­houn area will ben­e­fit the Chat­tanooga Food Bank, who pro­vides ser­vices through­out North Georgia, in­clud­ing Whit­field and Gor­don Coun­ties.

“The Can Hunger cam­paign is one of our most pop­u­lar com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. It is truly a great op­por­tu­nity for Kroger cus­tomers to give back to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son be­cause even a small do­na­tion can make a large im­pact in feed­ing those who are less for­tu­nate,” says Felix Turner, cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager for Kroger’s At­lanta Di­vi­sion. “Over the years, our as­so­ciates and cus­tomers have helped us sup­ply food banks with count­less meals for the com­mu­ni­ties we serve, and we hope to top that suc­cess this year.”

The Can Hunger cam­paign aligns with Kroger’s com­pany-wide Zero Hunger | Zero Waste ini­tia­tive, which launched in Septem­ber. Through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger has set a vi­sion to end hunger in the places we call home and to elim­i­nate waste – es­pe­cially food waste – in its com­pany by 2025.

With the gen­eros­ity of in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses who all share the same vi­sion, Kroger can con­tinue part­ner­ing with lo­cal food banks to help feed fam­i­lies in need across the coun­try, start­ing right here in Dal­ton and Cal­houn, and, hope­fully, stop wast­ing the more 40 per­cent of U.S.pro­duced food that goes un­con­sumed each year. ABOUT KROGER Kroger’s At­lanta Di­vi­sion is head­quar­tered in At­lanta, Ga., and is one of the South­east’s largest re­tail gro­cery chains with more than 184 stores, cov­er­ing Georgia, East­ern Alabama and South Carolina. Kroger was rec­og­nized by Forbes as the most gen­er­ous com­pany in the U.S. The Com­pany fo­cuses its char­i­ta­ble ef­forts on hunger re­lief, K-12 ed­u­ca­tion, women’s health ini­tia­tives and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions in the com­mu­ni­ties it serves. For more in­for­ma­tion about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com

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