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Kroger Co. Central Division Announces Fund-raising Results

Kroger Co. Central Division Announces Fund-raising Results
Taking care of our associates, our customers, their families and our local communities is an integral part of how we react to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The Kroger Co.’s Central Division has announced results of its annual fund-raising campaign on behalf of the American Red Cross. Kroger customer and associates made coin box donations from Sunday, February 3rd thru Saturday, May 25th totaling $20,690.06. Proceeds are used to support the Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts and other emergency response efforts in local communities also served by Kroger.

This coin box campaign is in addition to the $63,568 raised by Kroger for the Red Cross’ relief efforts in support of Oklahoma tornado victims. Total support for the American Red Cross totals $84,285.06.

According to Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott, “Taking care of our associates, our customers, their families and our local communities is an integral part of how we react to natural disasters and other emergencies. When disasters strike, Kroger supports emergency response centers with food, water and other supplies even as we focus on keeping our retail stores, distribution centers and food manufacturing plants open and fully operational. We do this in partnership with the American Red Cross, our long-term existing partnerships with food banks and other community organizations. This collaboration allows us to be there swiftly and effectively when our neighbors in each local community need us most. The Red Cross is a critical player in times of crisis and we must continue to provide them the resources they need.”

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 130 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 76 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $13.3 million in 2012 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.