The Kroger Co.’s Central Division announced that donations of healthy, nutritious perishable food through the Perishable Donation Partnership reached a record-breaking 2,054,688 pounds in 2012, an increase of 8.9 percent over 2011. That equates to 1,602,657 meals and a value of more than $4 million. The PDP supports 19 regional food banks and other organizations, primarily in Indiana and Illinois. That includes food rescue organization Second Helpings Inc. in Indianapolis, which uses Kroger PDP donations to prepare meals for nearly 70 non-profit organizations.
Every Kroger operating division across the United States provides similar support through the PDP, a program initiated by Kroger in partnership with Feeding America that now includes other retailers.
The following organizations received support from Kroger Central Division through the PDP in 2012. Those food banks then redistributed Kroger’s perishable food to thousands of local food pantries. The totals below do not include 436,349 pounds of donated bread, adding an additional $680,704 in value.
• Gleaners Food Bank, Indianapolis – 204,939 (159,852 meals)
• Community Harvest Food Bank, Fort Wayne, IN – 203,885 (159,030 meals)
• East Central Indiana Food Bank, - 61,442 pounds (47,925 meals)
• Northern Indiana Food Bank, South Bend, IN – 159,716 pounds (124,578 meals)
• Food Finders Food Bank, Lafayette, IN – 171,027 pounds (133,401 meals)
• St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, - 5,206 pounds (4,061 meals)
• Second Helpings Inc., Indianapolis – 140,514 (109,601 meals)
In addition to perishable food through the PDP, Kroger provides significant non-perishable food, cash, subject matter experts, volunteers and other support to regional food banks and local food pantries. Hunger relief donations by Kroger Central Division in 2012 totaled nearly $9 million.
According to Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott, “There is no cause more important than feeding our hungry neighbors, especially now as so many families are struggling. Even as we see signs of an improving economy, there are many local families who are hungry. We are very gratified to see our Perishable Donation Partnership provide a record-breaking two million pounds of healthy, nutritious meat, seafood, produce, bakery and dairy products to our neighbors in need in 2012. Working together with dedicated, highly-effective non-profit partners, we are setting one record after another in helping feed hungry families amidst a need that has increased more than 25 percent in some local communities. With the significant increase in food donations through the Perishable Donation Partnership, Central Division’s total food and financial donations to hunger relief organizations in local communities in 2012 totaled nearly $9 million. It is truly heart-warming to see Kroger’s donations matched by increasing generosity from our associates and our customers.”