CINCINNATI — Since 2008, Kroger has donated 175 million fresh meals to Feeding America food banks, the company announced on Monday. These meals came from fresh , produce, dairy and bakery items.
Kroger says fresh meals have become a bigger percentage of the retailer’s overall food donations over that time, with 40.8 million fresh meals donated in 2012 compared to 11.7 million in 2008.
"Kroger's number one community priority is to support organizations that bring food and hope to our neighbors in need," said Lynn Marmer, Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs, in a press release.
"With one in six Americans unsure where their next meal will come from, our store associates are leading the charge to deliver fresh nutritious items like healthy fruits and vegetables to Feeding America's network of food banks."
Kroger said this program has helped the environment as well, removing 100,000 tons of waste from landfills and incinerators.
The fresh donation program started in Fred Meyer in 2007, but the program was rolled out to all banners and now 96% of Kroger’s stores participate.
In 2012, Kroger donated the equivalent of 200 million fresh and center store meals in products and donations, the company said.
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