Food Access

Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan is our commitment to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across our company by 2025. This includes bringing attention and resources to the issue of food insecurity and increasing the availability of sufficient affordable and nutritious food for all.

We recognize that many of our customers struggle to make ends meet and pay for groceries. Our vision is to create a future where everyone has access to the food they need to thrive—anything, anytime, anywhere. Our digital platform and partnership with Ocado will give us a national reach and expand Kroger’s ability to offer healthy food, no matter where you live. Since 2000, Kroger has invested more than $4 billion in lower prices, helping our customers meet their weekly budgets.

We work with key partners to fight hunger and find new solutions that increase the availability of affordable and nutritious food in our communities. As part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, we measure progress against these goals:

  • Donate 1 billion meals by 2020 (achieved); donate 3 billion meals by 2025
  • Accelerate food donations to give another billion in the next two years
  • Increased fresh produce rescued by 33% since 2017

In 2019, Kroger directed the equivalent of 493 million meals to improve food security in our communities, including food and funds donated to Feeding America-affiliated local food banks. This includes 101 million pounds of wholesome food donated through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program company-wide.

Kroger surpassed its three-year goal to donate 1 billion meals by 2020, achieving a total of 1.1 billion meals.

A store on wheels

The Kroger Zero Hunger Mobile Market brings food at affordable prices to neighborhoods without a nearby supermarket.

East High Food Pantry
Ending hunger at school

Together with the Granite Education Foundation, our Smith’s team developed onsite pantries at two schools in Salt Lake City.

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Join our journey

Kroger shares tips so customers can help create a world with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, starting at home.

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Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue

Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program is the heart of our commitment to ending hunger and reducing food waste. Through this program, we save perfectly delicious edible fruits, vegetables and proteins that can be turned into a healthy dinner or satisfying snack.

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Our associates rescue food in our stores every day. Working with Kroger’s food safety experts and our food bank partners, we continuously expand the program to include more items that can be safely donated to help end hunger and reduce food loss. In 2019, we added three species of fresh, never-frozen seafood to our Food Rescue program in stores across the country. See our full report for more details.

Serving Our Communities

Our retail divisions and associates around the country are passionate about making a difference in our communities to help end hunger. In addition to supporting large-scale initiatives, many volunteer time to help local families in need of healthy food and hope.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Kroger associates in Texas work with local partners to direct food and funds to the annual Souper Bowl of Caring to help fight hunger.

A grocery surprise
A grocery surprise

LA Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts gives the gift of groceries to Nashville Kroger customers.

A special Pickup order
A special Pickup order

Kroger associates Aden and Delaney offer a helping hand and brighten Mother's Day.