Our steady presence in our local communities means we are able to marshal our resources when our neighbors are facing difficult times caused by natural disasters and other crises.
Kroger's network of stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution outlets quickly respond when a community is in need. We work with local governments, first responders and even Homeland Security to help make sure our communities can recover quickly. Examples of our work in 2016 are featured below. In 2016, our efforts provided nearly $500,000 to American Red Cross chapters across the country.
Kroger Helps after Hurricane Matthew
In October 2016, Kroger's supermarket divisions and corporate teams rallied to help Atlanta, Mid-Atlantic and Harris Teeter associates and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to our teams' hard work, many Kroger and Harris Teeter stores quickly re-opened in the days after the storm, giving local residents access to essential supplies. The Kroger Family of Companies also raised more than $443,000 to support hurricane relief efforts in areas affected by the storm. Our associates and customers donated cash, gave pet food to animal shelters, and delivered donated food and water to local food banks and Red Cross relief stations.
Wildfire Relief Efforts in Tennessee
Wildfires in eastern Tennessee devastated the Gatlinburg area in November 2016 and displaced many residents. Teams at the nearby Kroger stores in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Sevierville, Tenn., were in the center of the affected areas and quickly stepped up to help the community. They provided meals and pallets of water to first responders, collected donations and served as a gathering place for those displaced by the fires. With the help of corporate, associate and customer donations, Kroger raised more than $184,000 for the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross to support relief efforts.