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North Carolina Kroger Stores Donate More Than $10,000 to Local Food Bank

Local Grocer Donates Gift Cards for Families in Need During Holiday Season from Customer Contributions

Raleigh, NC, December 22, 2013 --( The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer with 14 stores throughout the Triangle and North Carolina, has announced that it has donated more than $10,800 in Kroger gift cards to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This holiday funding was raised by Kroger customers throughout 2013 who wished to make a difference in the lives of others in our state.

This donation also marks the second sizable donation Kroger has made to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in the past six months. In August, Kroger donated more than $15,500 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as part of the Bringing Hope to the Table® campaign, which benefits Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 North Carolina counties for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington.

Last year, Kroger associates and customers across the country donated the equivalent of 200 million meals through local food banks, including much-needed items such as fresh meat, dairy items, fruits, vegetables and bakery products that allow food banks to provide quality food to local families. This year, Kroger will donate a total of $3 million in cash to food banks across the country.

“We are proud to be able to offer this donation to help families in need during the holiday season,” said Carl York, advertising and public relations manager for Kroger’s mid-Atlantic marketing region. “This continues our strong partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and our customers always show their generosity to support fellow North Carolinians struggling with food insecurity."

About Kroger:
Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, has 14 stores throughout the Triangle, including Apex (1), Cary (1), Garner (1), Fuquay-Varina (1), Raleigh (4) and Durham (6). Headquartered in Cincinnati, the company employs more than 338,000 associates who serve customers in 2,439 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 788 convenience stores, 361 fine jewelry stores, 1,046 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the United States. Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit
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