Kroger Foundation


When founder Barney Kroger opened his doors to give day-old bread to hungry residents, they lined up at the store; and Kroger’s spirit of giving began. 

More than 130 years later, Kroger is still committed to sharing the fruits of our labor to fight hunger in our communities. 

We provide food and nourishment to those in need. 

The Kroger Co. Foundation (Kroger Foundation), established in 1987, is committed to lifting up our families, our communities and each other.  The Kroger Foundation works to enhance our communities by making lives healthier, easier, brighter and a bit lighter.  By living our Purpose, Feed the Human Spirit, we make the world a better place one associate, customer, and community at a time.    

What We Support      

The Kroger Foundation places our communities at the center of all we do. 

In our communities, we believe in

  • Supporting nonprofit organizations and partners who provide hunger relief;

  • Developing and mobilizing our resources and partners to improve food security; and 

  • Meals because families who share meals together have children who do better in all aspects of their lives.

Where We Work

The Kroger Foundation works to enhance the communities and lives of our eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.   

Wherever we partner, we operate with the belief that significant and lasting change begins with individuals and communities coming together to imagine a world with ZeroHunger.  Our communities are more than just our bread and butter; they are part of our Kroger family. 

It is our goal to promote ending local hunger in every store by 2020.  

How We Work

The Kroger Foundation relies exclusively on the management of the operating Divisions of the Kroger family of stores to make recommendations on the most appropriate and effective use of Kroger Foundation resources in the communities we serve.  Proposals may be submitted at any time and must align with what we support and where we work. 

To submit a grant request, please e-mail the Kroger Foundation at  Subject line must include:

(1)  name and zip code of 501(c)(3) organization, and

(2)  date of request. 

Request must include:

(1)  Appropriate operating Division of the Kroger family of stores and statement of how the organization aligns with where we work;

(2)  501(c)(3) tax determination letter from the IRS attached:

(3)  grant amount requested;

(4)  explanation of how the requested funds will be used to support the organization;

(5)  vision, mission, and programs of the organization and statement of how the organization aligns with what

we support; and

(6)  contact information for the development office. 

Incomplete grant requests will not be submitted for approval.     


Although we would love to help everyone, the Foundation generally does not fund:

  • Individuals or for-profit organizations
  • Professional associations (Chambers of Commerce; Trade Associations 501(c)(6))
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Fraternal, social, veterans organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis 501(c)(4); Masons 501(c)(8); Elks 501(c)(10); VFW, American Legion 501(c)(19))
  • Religious organizations or institutions for sectarian purposes
  • Medical research organizations
  • Other foundations or granting organizations
  • Meetings, conferences or workshops
  • Dinners, galas and events
  • Sports teams or athletic competitions
  • Endowment campaigns and pledges

We are increasingly aware that sustainable production and community development need to be at the core of our day-to-day operations.  True impact is only achieved through consensus, compromise, and cooperation. 

Thank you for considering us as a prospective partner in your work!


It’s a simple truth that our world is hungry for uplift. 

It’s a universal need, as powerful as our need for food or fuel. 

That’s why, with caring as our currency, we Feed the Human Spirit.