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 in areas where we operate, and helping increase the availability of sufficient affordable and nutritious food.

We recognize that today, many of our customers struggle to make ends meet and pay for groceries. We offer a range of Our Brands items and other products and services at affordable prices. Since 2000, Kroger has reduced prices by $4.1 billion, helping our customers meet their weekly budgets.

Many customers are also eligible for government assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs. We focus on improving the shopping experience for customers who rely on SNAP and WIC, making it easier to use these benefits in our stores and testing incentives for making healthier choices.

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

  • Accelerate food donations to give 1 billion meals by 2020, and 3 billion meals by 2025; and
  • Donate not just more food, more balanced meals.

In 2017, Kroger directed the equivalent of 325 million meals to improve food security in our communities, reflecting both food and funds donated to Feeding America-affiliated local food banks. This includes 91.2 million pounds of wholesome food donated through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program.

In Richmond, the Mid-Atlantic Division team donated a refrigerated box truck to FeedMore, a local food bank that runs a mobile pantry program. This new truck, FeedMore’s first in nearly a decade, will increase its capacity to direct fresh food to families in and around Richmond’s Southside, neighborhoods often considered food deserts. Their mobile pantry program distributes about 75,000 pounds of fresh and non-perishable food a month to 2,000 households. Last year, FeedMore distributed over 1 million pounds of food, greatly improving local communities’ access to healthy, nutritious food.

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Kroger & KSU Cares: Kroger’s Atlanta Division partners with Kennesaw State University to help students who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity or foster care.

A Store on Wheels: Our Fresh Picks Mobile Market brings fresh food at affordable prices to neighborhoods without a nearby supermarket. This grocery store on wheels – a partnership between Pick ‘n Save, Milwaukee County and the Hunger Task Force – makes about 40 stops a week with fresh produce, meat and dairy products for senior living centers, community centers and other underserved areas.

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On the Road to End Hunger: See how Kroger's gift of a new truck to Feeding America in Southwest Virginia helps bring food to families in need.

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue

Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue 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 a satisfying snack. By doing this, we keep food out of the landfill, where it would take years to break down. Learn more.

Two amazing local partners in food rescue are the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City, Ohio, and God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, Ky. Learn more about their stories at

It takes the dedication and consistent execution of thousands of our associates to make Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue happen. 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 2017, we added several healthy produce items to the approved donations list, including asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and green beans. Working with our partners and food safety team, we will further expand the program in 2018.

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 their personal time to help local families in need of healthy food and hope.

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Souper Bowl of Caring: Our Dallas Division supports the annual Souper Bowl of Caring to help fight hunger.

Pack the Cruiser: Kroger and Hamilton County, Indiana, law enforcement officers teamed up to collect food and donations, packing their cruisers with over 23,000 pounds of food for the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank and local summer lunch programs.

Hope for the Homeless: Watch Food 4 Less #399 Store Manager Felicia Sparks and 25 associates help bring food and hope to their community in south Los Angeles.

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