Kroger launches new initiative to end hunger and eliminate waste

Kroger launches new initiative to end hunger and eliminate waste

 

“Moonshot” Initiative Aims to End Hunger in Communities and Eliminate Waste in the Company by 2025

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Sept. 19, 2017) announced a new, national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

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“No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

Across the United States, 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year.

“More than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes unconsumed, while one in eight people struggle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense,” Mr. McMullen said. “As America’s grocer and one of the largest retailers in the world, we are committing to doing something about it.”

Kroger’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan includes the bold commitments outlined below, in keeping with the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit™.

Kroger is also crowdsourcing for solutions, asking communities, partners and other stakeholders to help provide ideas, feedback and best practices as the effort evolves.

“We don’t – and we won’t – have all the answers,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs.  “While we are clear about our vision, we are flexible about how to get there. We are working closely with both Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), our longstanding partners, to develop transparent metrics to track our progress.”

“And we are inviting everyone who is passionate about feeding people and protecting the planet to join us in our mission to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across our company by 2025,” Ms. Adelman added.

“Hunger exists in every county and affects every demographic group in this country,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America®. “If we are to succeed in creating a hunger-free America, it will take the combined efforts of a variety of groups – policymakers, nonprofits, individuals and corporations – working together with the 200 network member food banks. Kroger is stepping up to the challenge and we look forward to working with them on their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan.”

“The production and consumption of food has the largest environmental footprint of any human activity. By wasting less food, we can reduce the environmental impact of food production while also conserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat,” said Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, WWF. “Kroger’s zero waste commitment sets a new standard for food waste reduction goals and will have a ripple effect across their supply chain and industry.”

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste: A Plan to End Hunger In Kroger Communities 
and Eliminate Waste In The Kroger Co.

  • Establish a $10 million innovation fund within The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger, food waste and the paradoxical relationship between the two.
  • Accelerate food donations to provide three billion meals by 2025 to feed people facing hunger in the places Kroger calls home. In partnership with its customers, associates and other partners, Kroger has donated one billion meals via combined food and funds donations since 2013.
  • Donate not just more food, more balanced meals via Kroger’s industry-leading fresh food donations program. Kroger has been feeding people facing hunger since the company’s inception in 1883, and as a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Kroger has longstanding partners with food banks across the country. Today, Kroger store associates are empowered to identify meat, produce, dairy and bakery items for donation that remain safe, fresh and nutritious. Last year, Kroger donated the equivalent of 46 million fresh meals to local food banks in addition to dry goods and shelf-stable groceries.
  • Advocate for public policy solutions to address hunger and to shorten the line at food banks, lobbying for continued funding of federal hunger relief programs, and for public policies that help communities prevent and divert waste from landfills, including recycling, composting and sustainability programs that can be scaled for maximum impact.
  • Achieve all Zero Waste 2020 goals outlined in the annual Kroger sustainability report.
  • Eliminate food waste by 2025 through prevention, donation and diversion efforts in all stores and across Kroger. Develop transparent reporting on food loss and waste.
  • Join forces with both new and longstanding partners to identify opportunities, leverage data, and determine where by working together Kroger can help the most.
  • Transform communities and improve the health of millions of Americans by 2025 by making balanced meals more readily available, sharing scalable food waste solutions with other retailers, restaurants and local governments, and working within Kroger’s supply chain to reduce farm-to-fork food loss.

“Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is a vision for the America we want to help create with our associates, customers and stakeholders,” Mr. McMullen said. “This is our moonshot.'”

“We recognize we have a lot of work to do,” he added. “But we know when Kroger’s more than 443,000 associates put their passion to work to make something happen, we can uplift our communities, the planet and each other.”

Follow our journey and join the conversation at thekrogerco.com and #ZeroHungerZeroWaste.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About WWF
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment, and combat climate change. Producing enough food while limiting our impact on the environment is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and WWF is working to drive sustainable food systems to conserve nature and feed humanity. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more and follow our news conversations on Twitter @World_Wildlife.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed The Human Spirit™.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

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Kroger to Fight Influenza and Hunger with One Shot, One Meal campaign in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America

Now through April 1, 2018, for every flu shot administered, a meal will be donated

CINCINNATI, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announces its second annual health and wellness campaign, One Shot, One Meal, in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. From now through April 1, 2018, Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations.

“Kroger is committed to helping people live healthier lives and we’re excited to continue this initiative for the second year,” said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger’s president of pharmacy and The Little Clinic. “When you receive the flu shot this season at any of the Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations, you will help protect your health and provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger. Kroger donated 330 million meals in 2016, and last year’s campaign helped us achieve this milestone. We know that meals matter because nutrition is a key aspect of building healthier communities.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 310,000 individuals were hospitalized last year for flu-related illnesses. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots can reduce the risk of more serious symptoms and outcomes, including flu-related hospitalizations.

“Feeding America aims to provide wellness, nourishment and strength to people facing hunger,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We are excited to partner with Kroger for the second year on this health and wellness campaign. Visionary partners like Kroger enable us to help the 46 million Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks.”

Every week, 5.4 million people in the United States receive help through the Feeding America network, which includes 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger. Feeding America food banks are partners in community health by providing food that promotes health and wellness and partnering to help people improve their health outcomes.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About The Little Clinic
The Little Clinic is a pioneer in customer-focused healthcare with a mission to help people live healthier lives. A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., The Little Clinic healthcare clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Indiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, Dillons stores in Kansas and JayC stores in Indiana. The Little Clinic was awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® in 2009 and has maintained consecutive accreditation in 2012 and 2015. Visit The Little Clinic online at www.thelittleclinic.com,
www.facebook.com/thelittleclinic and www.thelittleclinic.blogspot.com.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritSM. We are 443,000 associates who serve eight and a half million customers every day in 2,792 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 782 convenience stores, 311 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,453 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign

Through online acts of support, purchase of participating products and donations at the register, the campaign aims to help Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of member food banks

BENTONVILLE, ARK, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 17, 2017), Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative that encourages the public to join the fight against hunger. Working with Discover card and five suppliers, which represent some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – Walmart is offering three easy ways to take action against hunger and help a local Feeding America food bank through social, online and in-store participation.

1. Purchase: For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores from April 17 – May 15, 2017, the supplier will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits. For every Discover card transaction made at U.S. Walmart stores and Walmart.com during the campaign period, Discover will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) to Feeding America and its network of member food banks, up to $1 million. See Walmart.com/fighthunger for further details.

2. Online Acts of Support: Generate meals for Feeding America food banks by engaging with the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign on social media:

  • Facebook – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or react positively to campaign content; click on Walmart provided campaign content.
  • Instagram – Create or share content using the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; like or share Walmart generated campaign content.
  • Snapchat – Use Walmart provided “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” filters nationwide on Friday, April 21.
  • Twitter – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or make a campaign tweet a favorite; retweet a message featuring the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; click on Walmart-provided campaign content.

For each online act of support, Walmart will donate the equivalent of 10 meals ($0.90) to Feeding America on behalf of member food banks, up to $1.5 million.

3. Donate at the Register: Donate to your local Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.

The ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign launches at a critical time when the USDA reports one in eight Americans currently struggle with hunger. To raise awareness for the issue of hunger in America and help generate meals for people struggling with hunger, Walmart and its suppliers are encouraging the public to take action online and in-store to support the Feeding America network of food banks and the more than 46 million Americans it serves throughout the country.

“This campaign is an important part of our ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with suppliers, customers and friends at Feeding America, we’re dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve.”

Walmart is kicking off the campaign with a $1.5 million donation and aims to donate a total of $3 million to Feeding America based on the public’s online participation in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Combining Walmart’s donation with supplier donations through product purchases and customer donations at the register, the campaign has a goal of helping Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of its member food banks.

“At Feeding America, we see firsthand the impact hunger has on families in communities across the country, and we understand it takes a village to help strengthen our communities and provide meals to people in need,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. “Great partnerships are essential to moving the needle, and we are grateful to Walmart, its dedicated suppliers and Discover for coming together for the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign. Movements like this give each and every one of us an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

With the USDA reporting that 42 million people in America, including more than 13 million children, struggle with hunger, the ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, helping ensure every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably-grown food.

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to positively impact the issue of hunger in the United States. In October 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those struggling with hunger in the U.S. by 2020.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Starbucks announces Buy One, Give One Power Lunch offer during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Starbucks announces Buy One, Give One Power Lunch offer during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Starbucks announces Buy One, Give One Power Lunch offer during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

 

Seattle, 2016-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 42 million Americans including 13 million children according to a 2016 report by the United States Department of Agriculture.

During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Starbucks is inviting customers to purchase a Power Lunch and in return, the company will donate a Power Lunch to the Feeding America® network of local food banks.* This Buy One, Give One Power Lunch offer will be available from November 15-21 in participating Starbucks® stores across the U.S.

“Every day all around us there are people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Global Social Impact.“This offer to provide a nourishing meal to someone in need is part of a multi-year national effort by Starbucks and Feeding America to close the hunger gap.  It’s part of our role and responsibility to our communities.”

“People are more likely to give during this time of year and Starbucks support is particularly important because it amplifies and reinforces our message about hunger in our community,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, a Feeding America member food bank.

Building on an Existing Relationship

In March 2016, Starbucks announced a collaboration with Feeding America to launch Starbucks® FoodShare, a program where partners (employees) can donate ready-to-eat meals to food banks from its 7,800 company-operated stores in the U.S. Since launching a successful pilot of the program in San Diego last summer, Starbucks has added new markets including Orange County, Las Vegas, Denver and Colorado Springs. The company is scheduled to complete its rollout of Starbucks® FoodShare by 2019 and build upon the more than 345,000 nourishing meals that have been delivered to people in need to date.

“Our partners understood how important it was for us to donate surplus food back to the local community and they were the catalyst behind the FoodShare program,” said Kelly. “We were so inspired by Feeding America and all of its network partners that spend each day trying to get food to the people who need it the most. Now we can help address hunger together.”

“Launching this partnership with Starbucks has been a watershed moment for our food rescue efforts,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We are committed to identifying innovative solutions for sourcing food. Programs like FoodShare are a step in the right direction. Thanks to Starbucks contributions, more families and children will have access to a variety of nutrient-rich food.”

The Power of Lunch

Based on its relationship with Feeding America, Starbucks determined that it could do even more to get food to those in need by introducing the Power Lunch Buy One, Give One offer and encouraging customers to participate.

“We have a quality lunch menu that we’re pleased to provide to our customers and with this offer, we can donate nourishing meals to families in need as well,” said Ka Bao Lee, product manager Starbucks Lunch. “With Thanksgiving upon us, we think this is a particularly impactful time for such an effort.”

Although the offer lasts for one week, the lunches will be donated over a 90-day period. This will allow for a continuous flow of nourishing Starbucks meals that will meet the needs of local food banks for several weeks. Starbucks anticipates donating at least 50,000 Power Lunches with the help of its customers.

“The additional food from the Power Lunches will help our agencies feed children, families and seniors at a time when there are many demands on financial resources and when people are often unable to find enough food for their next meal,” Suydam said.

*Donations will be distributed in California, New York, Arizona and Colorado. Learn more at www.feedingamerica.org.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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