Kohl’s donates $750,000 to support the new Hunger Task Force MyPlate initiative

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2017-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of $750,000 to support the new Hunger Task Force MyPlate initiative, a healthy eating guide influenced by the USDA MyPlate food model. The program raises the awareness of incorporating all five food groups and encourages the public to be conscious of how their food donations impact healthy eating. Hunger Task Force has adopted this new food bank model to set higher standards for food donations.

“Kohl’s is proud to partner with Hunger Task Force to support the MyPlate model, which encourages the donation and consumption of healthy foods for deserving families,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of communications. “It’s a smart, simple approach that has a healthy impact on our community.”

The majority of Kohl’s funding will purchase nearly 700,000 pounds of food in 2017, including boxes of 1% dairy milk, cans of low-sodium green beans, bags of whole grain brown rice, naturally sweet canned pears and peaches in 100% juice, and pinto beans packed with plant-based protein. This purchased food will offset the substantial cost of supplying the Hunger Task Force network with the healthy, nutritious foods needed to stock MyPlate-certified pantries.

“Hunger Task Force is the first food bank in the country to operate under a healthy food model – the first MyPlate food bank,” said Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force executive director. “We have set the standard on the importance of serving healthy food to the community, and this generous support from Kohl’s will help ensure we can provide nutritious foods to hungry Milwaukee families.”

Several food pantries within the Hunger Task Force network, including the Riverwest Food Pantry and Ebenezer Food Pantry and Clinic, are already operating under Hunger Task Force MyPlate guidelines. Hunger Task Force will be working with all of its network sites to implement the MyPlate model.

Kohl’s funding will also continue to support summer supper purchases. From June through August, the federal Summer Food Service Program provides mostly breakfast and lunch at summer meal sites, meaning many hungry children do not have access to healthy suppers. Hunger Task Force will direct Kohl’s funding to purchase nearly 65,000 summer suppers, ensuring that Milwaukee children in need who do not attend daycare or elementary school can receive three meals a day.

The donation is made possible through Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s initiatives. More information about the Hunger Task Force MyPlate model is available here.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com

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Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow

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Kohl’s
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Hunger Task Force
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Kohl’s to support American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts with $100,000 cash donation

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a $100,000 cash donation toward hurricane relief efforts along the East Coast. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering vital emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of relief efforts through Kohl’s volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s volunteer efforts. The company is also providing support to Kohl’s associates who have been significantly impacted by the storm.

“The hurricane has had a devastating impact on many of our associates and customers and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those families affected by the destructive storm. Kohl’s has a history of supporting communities, and we hope our cash donation to the American Red Cross will help families in this time of need,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. ”We are also extremely proud of our associate volunteers who will lend a helping hand by donating their time to the impacted communities.”

Kohl’s volunteers assist a variety of nonprofit organization year-round. Through Kohl’s volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated nearly 4 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which is committed to supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

To inquire about coordinating a Kohl’s Volunteer Program event, contact your local Kohl’s store and ask to speak with the store manager about the event. Find your nearest Kohl’s by visiting Corporate.Kohls.com.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Kohl’s Cares® donates $1.5 million to Milwaukee Art Museum to support Kohl’s Art Generation Program

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of more than $1.5 million over three years to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Funding for the donation is made possible by the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which throughout the year sells children’s books and toys with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting children’s initiatives. The financial support allows the Museum to continue the family-friendly Kohl’s Art Generation program, an interactive art experience in the community.

“Kohl’s wants to create opportunities for families to spend time together in a rich and memorable way. We know children enjoy the Kohl’s Art Generation program just as much as their parents do. The program connects people with the arts while making everyone feel like they belong at the Museum,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications.

The Kohl’s Art Generation program was created in 2008 as a youth arts education initiative. Before partnering with Kohl’s, the Museum served about 9,000 family participants each year. Since then, the program has seen remarkable growth and now reaches more than 300,000 participants each year.

“The Kohl’s Art Generation program has completely changed the face of the Museum, making it a destination for families looking for creative experiences,” said Brigid Globensky, Milwaukee Art Museum senior director of education and programs. “We are thrilled to continue partnering with Kohl’s to provide fun and interactive programs at a time when creativity is increasingly important to our community’s future.”

Kohl’s Art Generation programming includes:

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, a hands-on art studio that features a variety of activities, with a new theme each month. Families can stop in for a few minutes or spend the entire day creating art together. The studio is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with special hours during school holiday breaks.

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery, a devoted space for interactive exhibitions, designed to introduce families to artists and artworks in the Museum’s Collection. The current exhibition, Rubbish!, open through October, explores artists who use discarded materials to create their artwork. There will be three new exhibitions in November 2016, September 2017 and November 2018. The gallery is open during Museum hours.

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Lab, a space dedicated to the Museum’s Haitian art collection. Families can come together and immerse themselves in Haiti’s culture through art, photography, music, and a variety of activities. The lab is open during Museum hours.

• Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, lively weekend event that turns the entire Museum into an art extravaganza. Families can explore the Museum, watch live performances, meet visiting artists, tour through the galleries and more. Family Sundays happen five times per year. The next event, Día de los Muertos, takes place on Sunday, October 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Kohl’s Color Wheels, a traveling art studio that visits schools and festivals to provide hands-on art activities in the community. The mobile unit is active throughout the year. Families can create projects together inspired by the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions.

Since 2008, Kohl’s has donated more than $8 million to the Milwaukee Art Museum. To learn more about the Museum and Kohl’s Art Generation programming, visit mam.org/artgeneration.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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About the Milwaukee Art Museum
Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒ designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition.

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Kohl’s
(262) 703-2985
ale.desjean@kohls.com

Sarah Seifert
Buzz Monkeys
(414) 403-6820
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Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program to provide more than $1 million to schools in metro-Milwaukee area during the 2016-2017 school year

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today (September 8, 2016 ) announced more than 480 schools in the metro-Milwaukee area will take more than 1,200 field trips this school year courtesy of the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program. The program will provide more than $1 million for field trips for schools in Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties during the 2016-2017 school year.

“As students across southeastern Wisconsin head back to class, the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program supports area teachers’ continued efforts to provide experiential learning opportunities to their students without the added cost,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of communications. “We are proud to offer students the opportunity to learn and grow with field trips to several organizations that we partner with who provide exciting, best-in-class educational experiences.”

Now in its fourth year, the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program allows school groups to visit Kohl’s partner organizations including, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Discovery World, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Kohl’s grants cover field trip expenses such as admission fees, transportation, substitute teacher fees and materials required for the experience. Grants valued up to $1,000 each were provided to eligible schools on a first-come, first-served basis March 7 through March 18, 2016. For more information on the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program visit www.Kohls.com/fieldtrip.

Since the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program started in 2013, Kohl’s has granted more $4.2 million in field trips to more than 840 schools throughout the Milwaukee area. For more information on Kohl’s philanthropic efforts, visit corporate.kohls.com.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Kohl’s Department Stores
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Kohl’s Department Stores
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Kohl’s continues its Wild Theater program at the Milwaukee County Zoo following $1.4 million donation to Zoological Society of Milwaukee

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of $1.4 million over three years to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee to continue the Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) program at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The award-winning, interactive theater program uses drama, puppetry and song to bring important conservation messages to children and families. The donation comes from Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares, which sells children’s books and soft toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s initiatives.

An initial $1 million donation from Kohl’s Cares in 2010 helped create the Kohl’s Wild Theater program. Since then, it has quickly become the country’s largest zoo theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater performances are free with admission to all zoo attendees. Performing teams also travel to schools and local community events at no charge. Recognized as one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, the Milwaukee County Zoo serves more than 1.3 million people each year.

The Kohl’s Wild Theater program is an engaging way to bring conservation lessons to life for thousands of Wisconsin children every year,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “This fun, informative theater program will continue so more families can learn about conservation and gain insights into how they can contribute to the welfare of wildlife.”

The Kohl’s Wild Theater program consists of two main components:

Kohl’s Wild Theater: Located in the children’s area of the zoo, Kohl’s Wild Theater hosts performances focused on conservation and the importance of caring for the animals and the environment. Zoo performances take place during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Shorter plays are also performed throughout the day at various animal exhibit areas in the Zoo.

Kohl’s Wild Theater Performances in the Community: The program features a year-round community outreach program, where Kohl’s Wild Theater performers travel into the community to present 30- to 45-minute performances at various venues, including schools, libraries, community centers and major special events. The program is provided, free of charge, within a one-hour radius of the Milwaukee County Zoo.

“Kohl’s Wild Theater is one of the best zoo theater programs in the country thanks to Kohl’s tremendous support,” said Caroline Krider, Zoological Society of Milwaukee chairman of the board. “We’re thrilled and honored to continue our partnership with Kohl’s to provide quality conservation education programming designed to inspire children to care more about the animals and the world we share.”

Since 2010, Kohl’s Department Stores together with Kohl’s Cares have combined to give nearly $70 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area, including more than $4 million to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. To date, the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide. To learn more about having a Kohl’s Wild Theater performance at your school or event, or for more information on the Kohl’s Wild Theater program, visit WildTheater.org.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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About Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Established in 1910, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (Society) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Society has about 50,000 member households and gave $8.6 million in support to the Zoo in 2014- 15. For information, visit www.zoosociety.org.

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Zoological Society of Milwaukee
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Kohl’s
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