Atlanta, GA, September 28, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Items Delivered:
· New bookbags
· Wide- and college-ruled notebook paper
· Spiral notebooks
· Three-ring binders
· Pens and pencils
Kroger and Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee complete a Back 2 School bookbag and school supplies drive from July 4 to August 12th to help over 5000 metro Atlanta’s homeless children. Kroger stores in 19 metro Atlanta counties served as exclusive collection sites for bookbags and other essential school supplies. Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee, a nonprofit purveyor of gourmet coffee that provides aid to underprivileged children globally, has used all the proceeds it receives from Kroger customers purchasing its product during the drive to buy new school supplies and book bags. On August 17th Mission Grounds handed out book bags filled with school supplies
to over 5000 children in 29 shelters across Metro Atlanta.
“This is a wonderful program that offers a variety of ways to give,” says Boake Moore, chief executive officer of Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee. “Whether Kroger customers purchase Mission Grounds Coffee or directly donate bookbags and school supplies, they can be sure their donations will reach the children who need them.”
Metro Atlantans dropped off bookbags and school supplies at Kroger stores in 13 Metro Atlanta Counties. Currently customers can purchase coffee in 65 Krogers and on line at www.missiongrounds.com On August 17th a huge carnival was held for the children. Doctors gave out free vaccines, updated medical records, completed eye exams and gave out free eyeglasses. Dentist conducted free dental cleanings and barbers gave free haircuts.
According to the United Way, more than 3,500 children will live in a shelter or group home at some point during the 2008-2009 school year. In metro Atlanta, the Children’s Restoration Network estimates approximately 1,900 children are homeless each night. This number does not include children living in cars, with family friends or several families living in hotel rooms together.
“It is astonishing there are so many homeless children in metro Atlanta,” says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications for the Atlanta Division of Kroger. “Kroger is dedicated to helping the communities it serves, and the Back 2 School program is an excellent opportunity to engage the community and give disadvantaged children a head start this school year.”
“The stress of entering a new grade with unfamiliar teachers and classmates is compounded for disadvantaged children, who don’t have the proper supplies needed to make the most of their educational experience. The Back 2 School program can help alleviate some of this stress,” says Cliff Kinsey, chief executive officer of Children’s Restoration Network.
“I’m thrilled to work with Kroger and Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee on this year’s collection,” says Kinsey. “Our combined efforts will allow this organization to help more children in their pursuit of an education.”
Kroger’s Atlanta Division is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and is one of the southeast largest retail grocery chains with over 215 stores covering, Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina. The Company focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, K-12 education, women’s health initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com
About Mission Grounds Coffee
Mission Grounds Coffee offers gourmet coffee in simple bags that will make a difference. The company is a non-profit corporation that devotes 100 percent of its profits to support non-profit missions that benefit children. The company was founded by a small group of friends after returning from mission trips where they realized children suffer the most in poor economic conditions. The company helps children in Russia, Indonesia Kenya and South Africa, China and Sudan. To learn more about Mission Grounds Coffee, please visit www.missiongrounds.com