Community Engagement

Kroger is committed to being a trusted partner in the communities where we live and work. Providing social and financial support to the communities where we operate demonstrates our desire to be a good neighbor.

We direct our charitable giving and volunteer service – at the national and local levels – on nonprofit organizations that focus on hunger relief, military service men and women and their families, health and nutrition, disaster relief efforts and more. In 2017, we introduced Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, our commitment to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across our company by 2025.

In 2017, a total of more than $358 million was directed in Kroger's name to our communities, up from $318 million in 2016. Of this, $181 million helped end hunger where we live and work. Our giving reflects the generosity and involvement of our associates and customers, who amplify our commitment beyond our family of companies' philanthropic contributions.

At the local level, our associates collect and donate food, serve meals, walk to raise money for local initiatives, pack care packages for our soldiers, join in parades to celebrate diversity and bring time, talent and caring to make a difference in the communities we call home. Our customers also continue to show their generosity, donating to help their neighbors when they shop.

The Kroger Co. Foundation

Our spirit of giving is clearly reflected in The Kroger Co. Foundation, which was established in 1987. Our Foundation works to make a difference in the communities where we operate and beyond. We focus on supporting our communities' needs today and finding innovative solutions to help end hunger and eliminate waste tomorrow. In 2017, the Foundation directed $12.7 million to nonprofit organizations focused on ending hunger, improving food security and bringing healthy, balanced meals to families in need.

Looking forward, we plan to launch Kroger's $10 Million Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund in 2018. This new grant-making fund will focus on finding and funding scalable solutions to reducing food waste. Together with our community partners, we will achieve meaningful change that transforms our communities.

Supporting Military Service Men & Women

Supporting service members and their families is a priority for our company. Kroger partners with the USO, which has been keeping the nation's service members connected to family, home and country for 75 years through a wide range of programs and services. Honoring Our Heroes, Kroger's annual campaign, is our way of saying thank you to our active duty service members and our nation's 23 million veterans.

In 2017, Kroger provided $3.2 million to the USO, including a $1 million corporate donation. Coca-Cola and our generous 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. Through Honoring Our Heroes, we have directed more than $23 million to the USO – the single largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 76-year history.

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Honoring Our Heroes: Kroger supports the USO and the nation’s service members and veterans through our annual campaign.

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In Your Community: We celebrate our communities’ local needs and heritage, each store offering what its shoppers want most.

Women’s Health

Kroger is a long-time supporter of women's health initiatives, especially breast cancer research, education and support for patients and caregivers. The commitment is personal for thousands of Kroger associates across the country who support this cause every year as volunteers and participants at dozens of fundraising events in our local communities, including the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® program and Komen Race for the Cure®.

In 2017, we directed a total of $6.3 million in giving to organizations and programs that advance women's health. As part of our company-wide Sharing Courage campaign, Kroger donated $1 million in 2017 to local breast cancer initiatives, and customers and associates added their support through fundraising opportunities in our family of stores. Since its inception, Sharing Courage has generated $42 million to support breast cancer education, services and research.

Disaster Relief

As a national retailer with nearly 2,800 neighborhood stores, we are uniquely able to help when natural disasters and other crises happen. Kroger's network of stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers mobilizes quickly to offer support. We work with our partners at the American Red Cross, local governments, first responders, Homeland Security and local food banks to help our communities recover quickly.

In 2017, Kroger directed a total of $7 million to support recovery efforts in regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Kroger Co. Foundation provided $200,000 in grants to benefit food banks in the Atlanta and Houston regions. Collectively, with the support of our manufacturing teams and vendors, we provided more than $1 million in product donations, including food, water, pet food and toiletries to help local disaster-relief agencies support first responders, shelters and families.

We thank our dedicated Kroger associates for their unwavering commitment to our customers, our communities and each other – in good and hard times.

Sharing Courage: Supporting patients and their families with stories of courage and hope.

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Ruler Rebuild: Coming together to reopen our Celina, Ohio, Ruler store for the community after a storm.

A Season of Storms: Helping our communities recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Community Rewards

In 2017, our family of stores donated nearly $34 million to local groups through Community Rewards, providing funding to more than 58,000 local organizations. We believe that by supporting local organizations, we are strengthening the neighborhoods where our customers and associates live and work. Community Rewards gives customers the opportunity to contribute to causes that matter to them every time they shop with us. Our stores make donations each quarter based on where our customers tell us to give.

Customers can sign up and search for their favorite school or local organization online here.

Learn more about our Community Engagement efforts through Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan.