Zero Hunger

We want as much food as possible to fulfill its highest purpose: feeding people. Redirecting just 1/3 of the food we all waste to people in need would feed everyone struggling with hunger in the U.S. today. We focus on several key priorities to help make that happen.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Rescue more food: Our associates continue to rescue more wholesome food through Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program.
  • Encourage innovation: We find and test new ideas and technology to redirect more healthy food to individuals and families struggling with hunger.
  • Apply insights: We connect insights from 84.51°—Kroger’s customer insights and analytics team—and other experts to identify where we can help most.
  • Align charitable giving: We direct charitable grants to organizations and causes that help end hunger in our communities.
  • Engage customers & partners: Kroger offers ways for our customers and supplier partners to join our journey.

Please see the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste and Food Access sections of our report for more details about efforts to increase access to nutritious food in our communities.

Kroger associates rescued 101 million pounds of food in 2019

Rescuing more food

Kroger associates help end hunger every day through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program.

Mobile market

Kroger and food bank partner Dare to Care are bringing more healthy, affordable food to underserved communities in Louisville.

Fuel the future

Smith’s associates worked with a neighborhood school to open a pantry for students and families.

How we’re doing on our mission to end hunger in our communities:

Zero Hunger Goal Target Year Progress
Establish new public charity: The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation 2018 Achieved! Established The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation and Innovation Fund to drive collective action to advance our mission.
Accelerate food donations to give 1 billion meals by 2020; 3 billion by 2025 2020

2020 goal achieved! With food and funds combined, Kroger directed more than 1.1 billion meals to our communities in the last three years.

Rescued 101 million pounds of food company-wide in 2019 through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue, up 1%.

Achieved 98% retail store participation in food rescue.

Donate not just more food, more balanced meals 2025 Expanded our Food Rescue program to include additional items such as fresh, never-frozen seafood; select prepared Deli foods; and surplus raw milk.
SouperBowl of Caring

Kroger associates and volunteers in Texas and Louisiana filled 31,000 food donation boxes at five area food banks to help end hunger.

Serving seniors

Kroger and the Food Bank of North Alabama team up to help others in Decatur, Ala.

Meals matter
Meals matter

Fry's and St. Mary's Food Bank teamed up to help support students at Glendale Community College.