The retail industry is one area where we can make a significant impact on mitigating hunger in the United States. The Kroger Co. Foundation is championing this issue, so much so that the Congressional Hunger Center recently named Kroger as a 2022 Hunger Leadership Award winner.
"We appreciate this honor from the Congressional Hunger Center, which recognizes our Corporate Affairs leaders effective stewardship of Foundation funds to create communities free of hunger and waste," said Keith Dailey, Kroger's Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs and President of The Kroger Co. Foundation. "The Foundation is committed to advancing Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision, driving both social impact and environmental sustainability through impact giving."
Since 2017, the Foundation has invested in the next generation of diverse and inclusive leaders by supporting Congressional Hunger Center Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows, according to a press release. Thus far, the organization has sponsored eight fellows who worked to improve food security through advocacy, public policy, and direct engagement.
Kroger's private foundation aligns community investments and grants with Kroger's Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. Last year, the Foundation reportedly directed $12.7 million in grants to 322 non-profit organizations across the country.
Since introducing Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan, the company has directed more than 2.3 billion meals to feed people in communities across America, the press release concluded.
We applaud Kroger as it continues these important efforts.