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Kroger Names Group VP Of Corporate Affairs

Jessica C. Adelman
Jessica C. Adelman

The Kroger Co. on Tuesday appointed Jessica C. Adelman group VP of corporate affairs, effective Nov. 1. She will take over for Lynn Marmer, who recently announced her retirement.

“Jessica brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience and deep knowledge of the food supply chain,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We look forward to welcoming her to our senior leadership team.”

Adelman, 40, has 20 years of experience as a public affairs executive in the food industry, most recently as SVP of corporate affairs for Syngenta North America, a leading agriculture company, since 2008. In this role she was responsible for corporate brand oversight, government affairs, media relations, crisis and issues communications, litigation communications, internal communications and employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and giving. Adelman has held several strategic leadership roles with other companies, including director of Cargill Government Solutions.

Adelman graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College as a Russian area studies major and lived in the former Soviet Union for several years in the 1990s. She earned an MBA from The Wharton School and a master of arts degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an executive certificate in trade policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

As group VP of corporate affairs, Adelman will focus on reputation management, including external communications and brand public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy.

Adelman will relocate with her husband and three children to Cincinnati from greater Washington, D.C., where she currently resides.

Kroger encourages shoppers to ‘Pour it Forward’ by donating milk

In other Kroger news, September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign from Feeding America. In honor of Hunger Action Month, The Kroger Co. is partnering with Feeding America and the country’s dairy farmers and milk companies to encourage its shoppers to “Pour It Forward” by donating milk to families in need in their local communities.

Milk, with nine essential nutrients and 8g of protein per serving, is missing at food banks in communities across the country because it is rarely donated. Milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America food bank clients each year.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person, per year.

In September, Kroger customers can help change that in their communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at checkout. Every donation will help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. All donations collected go directly to Feeding America food banks that service the local community where the donation was made.

“We know our customers care deeply about the issue of hunger in their local communities and are willing to donate dry goods, but it’s more difficult to provide fresh, perishable items like milk,” said Lynn Marmer, Kroger’s group VP of corporate affairs. “We are honored to partner with Feeding America for the second year in a row. The ‘Pour It Forward’ program makes it so simple to give hope by the gallon and provide milk to families in need across the country.”

Last year’s effort generated more than 100,000 gallons of milk for families in need in communities across the country.

“We are pleased to have Kroger as a partner for the ‘Pour It Forward’ program and are thankful for their help in filling our food banks with an additional source of protein,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “Milk remains one of the most requested and least available items in food banks, and Kroger is helping to change that for the families who need it most.”

web Kroger Bringing Hope to the TableThe “Pour It Forward” program is among the retailer’s hunger-fighting programs, which include Kroger’s “Bringing Hope to the Table” initiative, an ongoing hunger-relief program that helps bring needed funds to Feeding America food banks nationwide. These funds help food banks purchase new trucks, refrigeration equipment, computers and other resources critical to their mission.

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