Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign raised $3.2 million for USO

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Veterans Day, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced a $3.2 million contribution to the USO. This donation is made possible through the company’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign, a commitment Kroger made to veterans, military service members and their families.

$1 million of this donation is a corporate donation from Kroger. Coca Cola and the generosity of customers and associates who contributed at check stands, purchased special gift cards to be delivered to USO centers, or donated online contributed the remaining $2.2 million.

“This Veterans Day, Kroger extends a heartfelt thank you to the United States veterans, military service members and their families,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We are proud to support our military service members in every way that we can – including making meals matter and hiring more than 43,000 veterans since 2009.”

Since 2010, Kroger has donated more than $21 million to the USO, making Kroger’s donation the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 76-year history.

“The USO is honored by the ongoing commitment Kroger has shown to military service members and their families,” said Lisa Anastasi, USO chief development officer and senior vice president of development. “From hiring veterans to serving meals to our troops and their families, Kroger is fueling the future of our military as a Force Behind the Forces.”

Kroger is increasing its commitment to service members by partnering with the USO on its USO Pathfinder℠ program. Pathfinder extends the USO’s mission of connection by assisting service members and their families in achieving their personal and professional goals as they transition from military service and return home to their new communities.

Throughout the month of November, Kroger is also partnering with Wrigley’s to continue support to the USO. For each pack of Wrigley’s Extra® Gum purchased at Kroger’s family of stores, one pack will be donated to the USO to be included in care packages for deployed service members. For every share of this video, Extra® Gum will donate $1 to the USO, up to a maximum of $25,000.

About the USO:
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, The Boeing Company, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL, Southern New Hampshire University and Four-Star Partners: Altria, BBMC, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Prudential, Target, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 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 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 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 our 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.

Harris Teeter donates $1 Million to the USO through its sixth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign

Harris Teeter donates $1 Million to the USO through its sixth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign

 

Company Thanks Customers and Associates for Generous Participation during Support Our Troops Campaign 

Matthews, NC, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today (July 3, 2017) it is donating $1 Million to the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting America’s service members and their families. The donation was made possible through generous contributions from Harris Teeter shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s sixth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign.

Harris Teeter hosted the campaign throughout the month of May, inviting shoppers to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.  The $1 Million donation brings the total amount donated through Support Our Troops since the campaign’s inception in 2012 to over $4.6 million.

“Harris Teeter is a true example of what it means to be a Force Behind the Forces,” said Kristina Griffin, USO Senior Director, Corporate Alliances. “The USO is grateful for the many in-store activations that provide support to our nation’s military  and appreciates its ongoing commitment to hiring transitioning service members. These generous contributions will go a long way in helping connect our service members to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.”

“Harris Teeter is overwhelmed by the extreme generosity our valued associates and loyal shoppers continuously show to the USO,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are proud to partner with this incredible organization to show support of our brave servicemen and women, as well as their families.”

One-hundred percent of all funds collected during the campaign will be allocated to local USO chapters throughout the areas in which Harris Teeter does business.

Harris Teeter, along with the USO, thanks its valued customers and associates who participated in the 2017 Support Our Troops campaign.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

Source: Harris Teeter

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Harris Teeter to present $1 million to USO through its Support Our Troops Donation Card Campaign

Company to Present Check to USO

Matthews, NC, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter – 6701 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Friday, June 23, 2017, Harris Teeter will present the USO with a $1 million check to help support our nation’s service members, as well as their families.

This donation is made possible by the success of Harris Teeter’s Support Our Troops Donation Card Campaign. For the fifth consecutive year, Harris Teeter invited its shoppers and associates to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout for the USO, an organization strengthening America’s service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. This year, Harris Teeter associates and shoppers answered the call by joining together to raise $1 million.

One-hundred percent of funds raised benefit the local USO chapter of the store where the donation was made. In fact, the stores in Harris Teeter’s home state of North Carolina raised more than $525,000 to directly benefit USO of North Carolina – the largest single donation the organization has ever received.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our loyal shoppers and valued associates. Without them, this donation would not be possible,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

“Over the last five years the Support Our Troops campaign, which is driven through the generosity of Harris Teeter’s customers and the hard work of their associates, has raised over $1.5 million across North Carolina communities served by Harris Teeter,” said John Falkenbury, President of the USO of North Carolina. “Those dollars enable us to provide critical resiliency programs and support operations that connect our men and women to their families, home and the nation. Their support helps us save and shape lives after 14 years of combat operations and deployments around the globe. ”

The check presentation will occur at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter, as a special thank you to the store’s associates and customers who helped raise more than $17,000, the highest donation collected out of all Harris Teeter locations.

Source: Harris Teeter

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Kroger donates $1 million USO

CINCINNATI, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. announced today (May 26, 2017) its continued commitment to the USO by donating $1 million to the organization. Kroger has been a proud supporter of active duty military, veterans and their families since 2010, raising over $18 million in support through corporate funds and customer donations during the Honoring Our Heroes campaign.

In an effort to bring families together around the table, Kroger will once again be partnering with the USO to host events for service members and their families across the country.  These events will serve as a special thank you for more than 3,000 people.

“While we can never do enough to thank members of the military and their families for the sacrifices they make to serve our country every day, we can bring them around the table to share a meal,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We know that meals matter – that sharing a meal together is about more than satisfying hunger, it is about feeding the human spirit. That is why we’re proud to support powerful USO programs like “no dough dinners” and sponsor our BBQ for the Troops events once again this year.”

More than 2 million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves, including many Kroger associates. Support for Honoring Our Heroes is a way to uplift service members and their families.

“The USO is truly grateful for the Kroger family of stores and its ongoing commitment to our nation’s men and women in uniform,” said Lisa Anastasi, USO Chief Development Officer. “From hiring transitioning service members to in-store fundraising activations, Kroger continues to prove it is a dedicated Force Behind the Forces helping connect our service members and their families to the things they love and fight for.”

Kroger’s support for veterans is demonstrated in its commitment to hiring those who have served our country. The company has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009, and uniquely, hired more than 4,000 veterans and family members at a single day hiring event last November.

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is providing a way for customers to honor our heroes from May to August.

  • Honor Your Hero
    Customers have the opportunity to honor their personal heroes on the Honoring Our Heroes website by simply entering their name. In exchange for their submission, Kroger will display all of the submitted names on a special Hero Wall on the website.
  • Purchase a Donation Card
    Customers may pick up a $5 or $10 donation card from the USO display in their local Kroger and present it at checkout. The tax deductible donation will be presented to a military family in need on a Kroger gift card.
  • Give Your Hero a Gift Card
    When you give your hero a Kroger Gift Card, you’re giving someone the opportunity to buy what they really need…or what they’ve always wanted to try. From the basics to the extras, give them the whole store on a patriotic Kroger Gift Card.
  • Our Turn to Serve
    Kroger Co. Associates are proudly partnering with USO volunteers across the country to put on family BBQ’s and picnics across the country as a way to show gratitude to service members and their families. Watch Kroger and USO volunteers in action.
  • Share a Coke with a Meal
    Coca-Cola and Kroger are proud to honor our nation’s heroes through our joint partnership with the USO. To provide a taste of home to the military and their families, Coca-Cola will be donating $50,000 to the USO. Purchasing a Coca-Cola product at The Kroger Co. Family of Stores shows your support of our nation’s service members.

About the USO:
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL, Southern New Hampshire University and Four-Star Partners: Altria, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger:
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is 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. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger announces contribution of $3.1 million to USO in 2016 through its Honoring Our Heroes campaign

CINCINNATI, 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Nov. 11, 2016) proudly announced a total contribution to the USO of nearly $3.1 million for 2016. This total includes a company contribution of $1 million in funds.

The remaining support was raised through the support of partners like Wrigley’s and Coca Cola, and the generosity of customers and associates who contributed at check stands, purchased special gift cards to be delivered to USO centers, or donated online throughout Kroger’s year-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign.

Through the program, Kroger’s family of stores has donated nearly $18 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 75-year history.

“On Veteran’s Day, and every day, the Kroger family of stores is honored to employ and to serve our nation’s veterans and their family members,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs.

In support of Veteran’s Day, the company is currently inviting customers to Salute Their Service by sending words of gratitude to our men and women in uniform by visiting http://www.honoringourheroes.com. And throughout the month of November, for each pack of Wrigley’s Extra gum purchased at Kroger’s family of stores, a pack will be donated to a service member.

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is 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. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Baskin-Robbins launches Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and to support the USO with new donation program

Baskin-Robbins also launches delicious new USO Patriot Pop® flavor, new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® Birthday Cake, and offers free Waffle Cone upgrade with the purchase of a double scoop throughout the month

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — July is National Ice Cream Month and Baskin-Robbins is celebrating all month with the launch of its Polar Pizza, a donation program to support the United Service Organizations (USO) and the introduction of a new ice cream flavor, USO Patriot Pop®. The donation program and new ice cream flavor are in honor of the military nonprofit’s 75th anniversary and steadfast commitment to supporting our nation’s military throughout their service. Baskin-Robbins is also introducing a new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® Birthday Cake, and is offering a sweet waffle cone upgrade promotion to its guests.

Available starting July 1st at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide, Polar Pizza, which is an ice cream treat guests can eat like a pizza, is available in four delicious featured flavor combinations: OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream, Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and HEATH®, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Guests also have the option to create a customized Polar Pizza by combining a tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie crust with their favorite ice cream flavor and any combination of fun toppings.

National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday, July 17, and Baskin-Robbins is proud to celebrate with guests nationwide by donating 75 cents from every ice cream float sold on that date to the USO in honor of its 75th anniversary.* The donations will go towards supporting the USO’s mission of connecting America’s military to their family, home and country, no matter the circumstances. Guests can also enjoy the new USO Patriot Pop flavor, which is red, white and blue and features cherry, lemon and blue raspberry-flavored ices, by the scoop or in a refreshing float.

“National Ice Cream Month is our favorite month of the year, and this July we’re celebrating the joy that ice cream brings to people’s lives in a number of ways,” said Carol Austin, Vice President, of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “We’re so excited to introduce ice cream lovers nationwide to our Polar Pizza, which is a completely customizable ice cream treat they can enjoy with friends and family like a pizza. Additionally, we’re honored to help celebrate the USO’s 75th anniversary with our special USO Patriot Pop flavor and to support military service members and their family members on National Ice Cream Day through our donation program.”

In addition, Baskin-Robbins’ new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® Birthday Cake, features chocolate cake-flavored ice cream with Birthday Cake OREO® cookie pieces, frosting bits, and a candy confetti ribbon. This flavor can be enjoyed by the scoop in a cup, cone or as a milkshake. In addition, guests can upgrade to a free, freshly-baked waffle cone with the purchase of a double scoop of their favorite flavor.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

*This donation is inclusive of all regular ice cream floats made with any ice cream and soft drink flavors on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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Baskin-Robbins launches Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and to support the USO with new donation program
Baskin-Robbins launches Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and to support the USO with new donation program

Source: Baskin-Robbins

Harris Teeter’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign raised nearly $800,000 for the USO

Matthews. NC, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today it is donating nearly $800,000 to the USO, an organization dedicated to supporting America’s service members and their families. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign.

Harris Teeter hosted the donation card campaign throughout the month of May by inviting shoppers to donate $1, $3 or $5 to the USO at checkout.  The $800,000 donation announced today brings the total amount through Support Our Troops since the campaign’s inception in 2012 to over $3.68 million.

The money contributed by Harris Teeter’s shoppers and valued associates will help fund important programs and services for our active duty, retired and wounded service members, as well as their families. One-hundred percent of all funds collected during the campaign will be allocated to local USO chapters throughout the areas in which Harris Teeter does business.

It will allow the USO to deliver valuable programs, entertainment and services that make a difference in the lives of service members and their families throughout their journey in the military. Harris Teeter’s contribution helps the USO support the millions of men and women who make up our nation’s military community, through programs, like these:

  • Operation Phone Home®, helps keep service men and women connected to their loved ones during deployments. Through this highly requested program, more than 778,000 calls were made by deployed service members in 2015.
  • The USO Transition 360 Alliance brings together top organizations that keep service members connected to family, home and country during their transition to civilian life. The network of Alliance partners offers holistic transition support, focusing on three key pillars for success: planning for the future, pursuing a new career, and strengthening your family.
  • The Special Delivery program provides baby showers for military moms-to-be, who have often not experienced a baby shower and are far away from their support network. More than 2,700 military spouses and expectant active-duty mothers have enjoyed this USO program since it began in August 2013.

Harris Teeter, along with the USO, thanks its valued customers and associates who participated in the Support Our Troops campaign.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, the BNSF Railway Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL and Four-Star Partners: Advisors Excel, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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Harris Teeter's fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign raised nearly $800,000 for the USO
Harris Teeter’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign raised nearly $800,000 for the USO

 

Source: Harris Teeter

The Kroger Co. announced $1m donation and multi-faceted program to engage customers and honor our heroes all summer

Company Kicks Off Memorial Day with Plans to Support Servicemen and Women This Summer, Including a $1 Million Donation to the USO

CINCINNATI, 2016-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — To show support for our heroes – service members, their families and veterans – The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced a $1 million donation and a multi-faceted program to engage customers and honor our heroes all summer.

“Kroger is deeply grateful to our military men and women and their families for their selflessness, service and sacrifices,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “Whether through hiring returning service members, supporting the USO’s programs or sharing a taste of home through special events, Kroger is committed to our troops and their families.”

More than two million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, including many Kroger family of stores associates. Kroger’s “Honoring Our Heroes” program is designed to show Kroger’s deep gratitude to our active duty service members and our nation’s 23 million veterans through the company’s partnership with the USO.

Kroger’s customers and associates have enthusiastically supported the endeavor: Together, Kroger annual campaign has raised more than $14 million since 2010 to support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 75-year history.

To honor our heroes, Kroger announced several easy ways for customers to participate this Memorial Day season and throughout the summer:

  • Help Raise an Additional $1 Million for Our Troops
    Kroger invites its customers to join forces with them to donate an additional $1 million to the USO by giving through register scan cards and coin boxes at every store or by donating online at HonoringOurHeroes.com. All funds raised from customers will be additional to Kroger’s $1 million commitment. Any size gift will help the USO continue its mission to keep service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our nation.
  • Gift Card Donations
    Customers may purchase special donation gift cards in $5, $10 and $15 denominations that will be delivered to USO centers around the world. In addition, shoppers can share their spirit with loved ones by purchasing patriotic banner gift cards to give as gifts, maybe to someone in the family who is (or was) a service member or someone in the community who is especially patriotic.
  • Meet Our Heroes
    Kroger has hired more than 32,000 veterans since 2009, and the “Meet Our Heroes” section on Kroger’s website highlights some of the many team members who have served in the military. Customers can visit HonoringOurHeroes.com to become inspired by Kroger’s own associates’ stories of courage, then write a special message of their own to America’s heroes. By posting on social media channels using the #HonoringOurHeroes hashtag, the message will automatically show up on the official website. In addition, many of the messages will be broadcast on special digital outdoor billboards.
  • A Summer to Remember
    Treating troops and their families to a dinner together is a token of the company’s appreciation for the many family dinners they missed while deployed. Kroger associates look forward to volunteering at three upcoming events:

    • On May 24, they joined the USO to serve lunch and dinner to 1,000 service members at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson in Anchorage.
    • On June 3, they will join the USO to host a beachside BBQ for 1,000 veterans, active duty soldiers and their families in Virginia Beach as part of Warrior Week.
    • On June 7, they will join the USO to host a rib roast at Ft. Riley, Kansas, for 1,000 military families as they celebrate Victory Week, the anniversary of their base.
  • Share a Coke
    With every click, The Coca-Cola Company will donate a refreshing Coke to the troops, up to 100,000, on Kroger’s behalf. Consumers can use the hashtags #HonoringOurHeroes #USO #ShareaCoke to spread the message with their friends and followers.

To find out more about these many programs, visit https://www.honoringourheroes.com/

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is 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. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Food 4 Less stores announced Honoring Our Heroes campaign in partnership with the USO

Honoring Our Heroes Campaign Will Raise Funds to Assist Military Programs through the USO

LOS ANGELES, 2016-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food 4 Less stores in Southern California, southern Nevada and greater Chicago are inviting customers to join in supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families during its annual Honoring Our Heroes campaign in partnership with the USO.

In addition, the supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division, which serves Central and Northern California, is also raising funds to support USO programs and services.

To honor our heroes, Food 4 Less, Foods Co and other Kroger-family stores, together with customers and employees, are raising money to support the USO’s broad range of programs that assist service members and their families. Since 2010, The Kroger Co., of which Food 4 Less and Foods Co are divisions, has provided more than $12 million to support the USO – the largest cumulative gift to the USO in the organization’s history.

This year, customers and associates of Food 4 Less and Foods Co stores will be able to show their support for our service men and women from May 25 to July 19 by donating their spare change in specially-marked coin boxes at the check stand. One-hundred percent of all donations will go to the USO.

“The USO supports our military and their families in so many ways—from being right there for the wounded, injured and ill, to helping those who are on deployment record a bed time story for their children,” said Kendra Doyel, Food 4 Less/Foods Co’s vice president of  corporate affairs.  “The USO connects with our service men and women every step of the way, and Food 4 Less/Foods Co is proud to honor our troops and veterans by supporting them.”

Honoring Food 4 Less/Foods Co’s Heroes
Food 4 Less/Foods Co is also recognizing company employees and their families who are active and former military members, including Dean Frame, a deli/bakery clerk at the Food 4 Less at 44455 Valley Central Way in Lancaster, CA.

Frame served 12 years in the United States Army achieving the rank of sergeant and platoon leader. He was honorably discharged in 2011. During his years in the Army, Frame was deployed to the Middle East several times and took part in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Customers can read more stories like Dean Frame’s, and learn how to volunteer with the USO or make a donation, by visiting www.honoringourheroes.com.

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.

SOURCE Food 4 Less/Foods Co

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Food 4 Less stores announced Honoring Our Heroes campaign in partnership with the USO

Food 4 Less stores announced Honoring Our Heroes campaign in partnership with the USO

Ralphs and other Kroger-family stores to raise money in support of the USO

Honoring Our Heroes Campaign Will Raise Funds to Assist Military Programs through the USO

LOS ANGELES, 2016-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs invites customers to join in supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families during its annual Honoring Our Heroes campaign in partnership with the USO.

To honor our heroes, Ralphs and other Kroger-family stores, together with customers and employees, are raising money to support the USO’s broad range of programs that assist service members and their families. Since 2010, The Kroger Co., of which Ralphs is a division, has provided more than $12 million to support the USO – the largest cumulative gift to the USO in the organization’s history.

This year, customers and associates of Ralphs will be able to show their support for our service men and women from May 25 to July 19 by donating their spare change in specially-marked coin boxes at the check stands in all Ralphs supermarkets. One-hundred percent of all donations will go to the USO.

“The USO supports our military and their families in so many ways—from being right there for the wounded, injured and ill, to helping those who are on deployment record a bed time story for their children,” said Kendra Doyel, Ralphs’ vice president of  corporate affairs. “The USO connects with our service men and women every step of the way, and Ralphs is proud to honor our troops and veterans by supporting them.”

Honoring Ralphs’ Heroes
Ralphs is also recognizing company employees and their families who are active and former military members, including Joseph Humphries who works at the Ralphs at 1500 Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

Humphries is United States Navy veteran, who was wounded in Afghanistan. He says working Ralphs has helped ease his transition from active duty in the military to civilian life because Ralphs is a “military friendly” company.

“My managers at Ralphs have been very accommodating and understanding,” says Humphries, who served in the Navy from 2007 to 2010 and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Customers can read more stories like Joseph Humphries’, and learn how to volunteer with the USO or make a donation, by visiting www.honoringourheroes.com.

About Ralphs
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 204 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.

SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company

 

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Ralphs and other Kroger-family stores to raise money in support of the USO

Ralphs and other Kroger-family stores to raise money in support of the USO

Starbucks and its customers raised $455,000 for USO (United Service Organizations)

SEATTLE, 2015-12-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The USO (United Service Organizations) has long been known as a home away from home for U.S. service personnel. The nonprofit’s services are complimented by providing a taste of home with Starbucks Coffee, and much more.

A recent effort by Starbucks and its customers raised approximately $455,000 for the USO and will provide thousands of VIA® to troops. Last month (November 1-11) Starbucks donated $5 from the online or in-store purchase of every Veterans Starbucks Card to the USO Transition 360 Alliance and made a matching donation of Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee to the USO for delivery to active duty servicemen and women around the world.

The funds will support an initiative launched in May called the USO Transition 360 Alliance, which provides backing to military personnel and their families as they transition to civilian life, including career services and family support.

“At the USO, one of our core values is ‘do the right thing,’” said Lisa Anastasi, USO Senior Vice President of Development. “This is definitely a value we have in common with Starbucks. Whether we are helping deployed troops, military children or someone transitioning out of the military, we are dedicated to providing the right kind of support, even if it is harder to deliver. Through our partnership with Starbucks, the USO team has seen that they genuinely want to help us support our nation’s military.”

‘The End-to-End Solution for Military Members’

Matt Kress, manager of Starbucks Veterans and Military Affairs, said there’s a natural fit between the company and the USO, which was founded just prior to World War II to maintain morale in the armed forces at home and abroad. “When you think about troop welfare, USO is the first name that comes to mind,” he said. “They have an exceptional reputation with the U.S. military. They want to be the end-to-end solution for military members from the day they enter the service to a successful departure from the service and reintegration into civilian life. They look to Starbucks because we have an unparalleled social reach and cultural currency.”

Kress, a retired Marine who served in Iraq in the early 2000s, stressed that the USO’s traditional role is as appreciated now as it has been over the organization’s nearly 75-year history.

“You can count on the USO to be there to provide the small things that make your existence a lot better, ranging from using one of their call centers to get in touch with your family to providing a care package that gets you some of those things that you need, whether it’s shaving cream or a cup of Starbucks coffee,” said Kress.

Since 2009, Starbucks has donated over 400,000 packages of Starbucks VIA® to the USO, as well as thousands of pounds of coffee, K-Cup® Packs, pastries and coffee machines for use in USO centers around the world.

“Getting a cup of coffee is something your average American takes for granted,” Anastasi added. “When service members have had a stressful day, a cup of coffee gives them a taste of home and can help take their minds out of the war zone, even for a few minutes. It is hard to put a price on that. We receive great feedback from our service members when they receive these types of gifts that remind them of a taste of home.”

More than a Decade of Starbucks Support of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families

The VIA® coffee donation is one of the ways Starbucks, its partners (employees) and customers have actively supported military service members. Here are some other examples:

2002 – Starbucks worked with the Red Cross to send its first shipment of coffee overseas to troops. Members of the Starbucks Armed Forces Network (AFN) have since regularly organized care package shipments.

2003 – A Starbucks store in Fredericksburg, Virginia donated 93 pounds of coffee. It was delivered by then-Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers during a holiday trip to the region.

2004 – 12,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee from the company’s roasting plant in Kent, Washington was shipped to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. At Andrews, airmen with the 89th Aerial Port packed the coffee on pallets and loaded it aboard a C-17. Since that trip, another 5,000 pounds went overseas to troops in August 2005, 18,000 pounds in December 2005 and 1,100 in July 2006.

November 2013 – Starbucks commits to creating career opportunities for 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018. To date, Starbucks has hired more than 5,500.

November 2014 – Starbucks raised funds for organizations supporting veterans and active duty service members through The Concert for Valor and a book co-authored by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, “For Love of Country.”

December 2014 – Members of the Starbucks Armed Forces Network (AFN) have regularly organized care package shipments, including over 50 boxes shipped by the AFN for service members.

June 2015 – Starbucks Military Mondays program launches, and expands later in the year, bringing legal expertise to veterans at Starbucks stores.

Throughout 2015 – Starbucks dedicated 16 Military Family Stores and plans to dedicate a total of 30 across the country by the end of 2016.

November 2015 – The company expanded the Starbucks College Achievement Plan to enable partners who are current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces to extend their tuition-free education benefit to a spouse or child. (In January 2016, the Starbucks Newsroom will feature families who are embracing this new benefit)

November 2015 – Starbucks announced a new pay-for-service-benefit, which will cover up to 80 hours of pay each year for service obligations for active duty or reservists in the U.S. Armed Forces and National Guard.

For more information on this news release, contact Starbucks Newsroom.

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks and its customers raised $455,000 for USO (United Service Organizations)

Starbucks and its customers raised $455,000 for USO (United Service Organizations)

11-year-old from South Carolina won 2015 Belkie Bear design contest

Designed by 11-year-old contest winner

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — An 11-year-old from South Carolina won the 2015 Belkie Bear design contest held at Belk’s SantaFest event last year. The bear was unveiled at Belk’s SantaFest today. Abigail’s design was selected from more than 1,000 applicants.

As the grand prize winner of last year’s contest, Abigail’s design was used in creating a newBelkie Charity Bear, with $5 of the proceeds from the sale of the bear going to the United Service Organizations (USO). This charity was chosen by the winner’s response to the contest question, “I want my Belkie Bear to help…”

Based on the judges’ selection, Abigail received 10 custom Belkie Charity Bears created based on her design, along with a $500 Belk shopping spree.  A Belkie Bear and $500 Belk shopping spree were also awarded to finalist winners in each of the three age categories:  4 – 6; 7 – 9 and 10 – 11.

The new 2015 Charity Bear will be available in most stores and online at www.belk.com. Kids are able to enter the contest to design the 2016 Belkie Charity Bear today at SantaFest fromnoon to 3 p.m. in all Belk stores.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 296 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $21.5 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, vice president, communications and community relations, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com

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11-year-old from South Carolina won 2015 Belkie Bear design contest

11-year-old from South Carolina won 2015 Belkie Bear design contest

Harris Teeter donates over $759,000 to the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® to support our troops and their families

Company Thanks Customers for Generous Participation

Matthews, N.C., 2015-7-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today that it is donating over $759,000 to the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), two organizations committed to supporting our troops and their families. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s point of purchase donation card campaign called Support Our Troops.

Harris Teeter hosted the donation card campaign throughout the month of May, and shoppers were invited to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to Support Our Troops at checkout.  The $759,000 donation announced today brings the amount donated to Support Our Troops since the campaign’s inception in 2012 to over $2.89 million.

The money contributed by Harris Teeter’s shoppers and valued associates will help fund important programs and services for our troops, wounded service members and their families.

It will allow the USO to deliver valuable programs, entertainment and services that make a difference in the lives of service members and their families throughout their journey in the military. Harris Teeter’s contribution helps the USO support the millions of men and women who make up our nation’s military community, through programs, like these:

  • Operation Phone Home®, helps keep service men and women connected to their loved ones during deployments. Through this highly requested program, more than 1.4 million calls were made by deployed troops in 2014.
  • Warrior and Family programs that address critical resiliency and family reintegration support, with focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), suicide prevention and stress management.
  • USO Transition 360 Alliance’s Employment Events support active-duty troops, wounded, ill and injured troops, their spouses and caregivers as they transition out of the military and search for new careers. The events focus on resume writing, mock interviews and translating prior military experience into a civilian career.
  • The Special Delivery program provides baby showers for military moms-to-be, who have often not experienced a baby shower and are far away from their support network. More than 1,100 military spouses and expectant active-duty mothers have enjoyed this USO program since it began in August 2013.

Specifically, it will help WWP:

  • Engage more injured service members, their families, and their communities. WWP’s goal is to ensure more than 70,000 warriors and 11,000 family members registered with our Alumni program are receiving access to our 20 free programs and services.
  • Economically empower more injured service members. WWP’s goal is to employ 2,500 warriors through part- or full-time opportunities through the Warriors to Work program.
  • Ensure more warriors pursue life goals without the barriers and stigma associated with mental health. WWP’s goal is to serve 3,018 warriors through outdoor rehabilitative retreats in Project Odyssey.
  • Encourage more warriors to live healthy and active lives through fun, educational activities. WWP’s goal is to serve more than 12,000 warriors, their families, and caregivers through Physical Health & Wellness programs.

Harris Teeter, along with the USO and WWP, thanks its valued customers and associates who participated in the Support Our Troops campaign.

Please click here to learn more about Support Our Troops and watch a message of thanks from our nonprofit partners.

 

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381).  To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Harris Teeter launches its 4th annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign; benefits both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project®

2014 Campaign: Over $1.1 Million Donated Thanks to Generous Shoppers, Associates

MATTHEWS, NC, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow, May 1, Harris Teeter will launch its fourth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign. Support Our Troops benefits both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), two organizations committed to supporting U.S. troops and their families.

During the month of May, Harris Teeter shoppers and associates will be able to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to Support Our Troops at checkout. The company gives 100 percent of these donations directly to the USO and WWP. In 2014, the campaign raised over $1.1 million total for the two beneficiaries.

For nearly 75 years, the USO has supported America’s troops and their families throughout their journey in the military, from the moment they enlist, throughout their deployments and as they transition back to civilian life. The USO delivers valuable programs, morale-boosting services and engaging entertainment that help them feel appreciated for their service..

“The USO is grateful for partners like Harris Teeter, who help us give back to troops and their families,” said Christy Hartsell USO vice president of Corporate Alliances. “Since May is Military Appreciation Month, it is the perfect time to show our nation’s military that we are thankful for their service, strength and sacrifice.”

WWP is committed to honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors for a lifetime.  By continuously being innovative and understanding the needs of warriors, their caregivers and families, WWP works toward its vision to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of injured service members in our nation’s history.

“Harris Teeter is proud to support both the USO and WWP during our May campaign,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are thankful for both the involvement of our valued associates and loyal shoppers, as well as the good works of both non-profit partners.”

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