The Kroger Co.‘s 14 stores in North Carolina donated 137,798 pounds of fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in 2014 through the chain’s Perishable Donations Partnership (PDP). Collectively, the 120 stores in Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division, which spans six states including North Carolina, contributed a total of 700 tons of perishable food to food banks last year. Through its PDP, Kroger helps divert food that would otherwise go to waste to help feed the nearly 49 million people in the U.S. that feel the effects of food insecurity.
“We’re in the grocery business and along with that is a responsibility to fight hunger in our communities,” said Anne Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. “It’s something we take very seriously, so it’s a big point of pride for Kroger when our perishable food donations significantly increase year over year.”
Kroger’s Fred Meyer division pioneered the PDP nearly 10 years ago. Stores partnered with local food banks in the Pacific Northwest to collect fresh food and properly store it so it could be quickly shipped to reach hungry families. Kroger adopted Fred Meyer’s model and worked with Feeding America to develop food safety and quality control standards, and trained associates to facilitate the program in its stores.
Scaled across Kroger’s family of stores beginning in 2008, Kroger’s PDP program depends on store associates taking the time every day to identify meat, produce, dairy and bakery items that can no longer be sold yet remain safe, fresh and nutritious complements to dry goods donations to food banks.
As a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger says it has been engaged in the hunger relief effort for more than 30 years. Today, the Kroger family of stores has relationships with more than 100 local food banks nationwide. The company’s total contribution to food banks exceeds 200 million meals annually—or four million meals every week—when combining perishable foods, dry goods and funds.
“We truly value our relationship with Kroger,” said Carter Crain, food resources manager with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. “The increase in perishable donations means more quality food reaches the tables of those who may otherwise go without in our community.”
Kroger’s Louisville division ratifies agreement with UFCW 227
In other Kroger news, associates working at Kroger in the Louisville, Kentucky, division have ratified a new labor agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 227.
“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides wage increases, affordable healthcare and investment in our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Calvin Kaufman, president of Kroger’s Louisville division. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting the agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day.”
The four-year contract covers nearly 14,000 associates working in 89 stores in the Louisville and southern Indiana areas.