Increases food rescue by more than 33%

Special to the
Opelika Observer

In 2018, Kroger’s Atlanta Division increased the amount of food rescued by more than 33% and donated more than three million meals to local food banks as a part of the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative.
“We are extremely proud of our associates in Kroger’s Atlanta Division for their enthusiasm and commitment to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste and tremendously thankful to our customers who generously donate through campaigns, such as Can Hunger and Feeding the Gap,” said Kroger’s Atlanta Division Manager of Corporate Affairs Felix Turner. “The 2018 achievements benchmark our bold vision to eliminate waste in our company and end hunger in the communities we call home by 2025.”
Kroger’s Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina, achieved significant milestones in 2018, including:

  • Providing more than three million meals to local food banks. Across the country, Kroger provided 316 million meals.
    Increased the amount of food rescued in the Atlanta Division by more than 33%. Nationwide, Kroger rescued 100 million pounds of safe nutritious food that could no longer be sold in its retail stores, or shipped from its distribution centers and manufacturing plants, for Feeding America food banks.
  • Won the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) 2018 E3 Award in the category of Resilient Communities – an honor that celebrates the companies, organizations and people whose work innovates at the intersection of sustainability and commerce.
    Matt Hall, Kroger associate and produce clerk in Canton, Georgia, was honored with the Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Zero Hero Award, recognizing his commitment to making his community brighter both on and off the job. Along with this recognition, Hall received $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice. He plans to donate his award to Bethany’s Place, a local women’s shelter in Canton. Hall’s contribution will help expand the shelter’s food pantry capacity to offer fresh fruit and vegetables.
    Nationally, Kroger was named sixth on Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list, joining 50 big companies around the world that are also using their resources to solve society’s most complex issues. The company also ranked sixth on Forbe’s list – 12 most generous companies.
    To follow Kroger’s #ZeroHungerZeroWaste journey, sign up for updates and visit Kroger Stories for the latest videos.
    At The Kroger Company, we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. The company focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, K-12 education, women’s health initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger’s Atlanta Division is headquartered in Atlanta and is one of the Southeast’s largest retail grocery chains with more than 183 stores, covering Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.