Raleigh, NC, November 12, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer with 14 stores throughout the Triangle and North Carolina, has announced that customers donated over 8,000 pounds of goods for the “Fill the Bus” food drive on Oct. 29 at its Durham store, located at 3457 Hillsborough Road. The food drive was made possible through a partnership with the Durham Area Transit Authority, and all of the donations will go directly to assist the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
4,835 pounds of goods were collected in stores throughout the Triangle and combined with the 3,125 pounds from the bus donations to total 8,050 pounds. The total weight of donations equates to 6,779 meals that the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina can provide to those directly impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Besides nonperishable food, the drive collected diapers and wipes, feminine products, hand sanitizers, toothbrushes, soap, shaving products, toilet tissue and paper towels for residents of North Carolina in need of assistance.
In addition to the food drive, Kroger has been working tirelessly to help those in need for the past month. Triangle-area Kroger stores have raised nearly $106,000 from customer and associate contributions to assist Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. Kroger and its subsidiaries have also delivered in-kind contributions of food and water valued at $235,000 to local food banks and Red Cross relief stations. Kroger’s 14 North Carolina stores have teamed up with the American Red Cross and donated over $60,000 worth of goods to hurricane-impacted areas within the state, spanning the Triangle and surrounding counties. To assist with the needs of animals affected by the storm, Kroger donated $52,000 in pet food to animal shelters in storm-impacted areas.
“We are proud to be able to support those in North Carolina that have been affected by Hurricane Matthew with contributions made through our ‘Fill the Bus’ partnership with the Durham Area Transit Authority,” said Anne Jenkins, advertising and public relations manager for Kroger’s mid-Atlantic marketing region. “Kroger’s loyal customers never cease to amaze us with their kindness and willingness to give back to their communities. The pounds of donations collected during the ‘Fill the Bus’ food drive are a true sentiment to North Carolina’s collectively charitable nature.”
About Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division:
The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 121 stores, 118 pharmacies and 92 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic Division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, and local schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities. In 2016 Kroger’s charitable giving is $287 million. Fortune magazine named Kroger the “most generous company in America.” For more information, visit www.kroger.com.