The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and its family of stores announced today it has donated $3.5 million, to date, to support recovery efforts in regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“I’m proud of how quickly the Kroger team was able to mobilize after the storms to provide our associates, customers and trusted partners with the resources they need to restore their lives and communities,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “While it has been a devastating time for so many, this is when Kroger is at its very best. Kroger will be there every step of the way to help our communities rebuild.”
The Kroger Co. Foundation provided $200,000 in grants to benefit food banks in the Atlanta and Houston regions. Collectively, with the support of its manufacturing teams and vendors, Kroger has supplied more than $1 million in product donations, including food, water, pet food and toiletries, to help local disaster-relief nonprofits aiding first responders, shelters and families.
Kroger has awarded $700,000 in financial grants to its associates through Helping Hands, an internal support fund that aids associates during hardships.
Across the country, customers have come together to support storm relief by giving $1.5 million at local stores to benefit the American Red Cross.
Along with product donations and financial support, the Kroger mobile pharmacy has visited affected regions to help refill thousands of medical prescriptions for displaced patients. Nurse practitioners from the company’s The Little Clinic are presently in Houston providing affected patients with free healthcare.
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.